Joining the ranks of those who don’t so much post interesting content as much as links to other people’s interesting content, here is the first in a sure-to-be-irregular series “Out On the Web.” Note that I’ve been without Internet at home for a couple of weeks, so some of these tidbits aren’t exactly brand new this week:
- Roger Olson posts early thoughts on Evangelical Calvinism, the new collection of essays to which our own Adam Nigh contributed. Olson’s first concern is just what this brand of Calvinism makes of Arminianism (i.e., does it treat it fairly and does it share any values?). I’m looking forward to additional interaction from Olson, particularly with regard to the central thesis that “Calvinism” is not a theological tradition that is limited to the federalism of the Westminster Confession of Faith and its “Reformed orthodox” interpreters. (Scroll down a bit to the July 6-7 comments to find Bobby Grow, one of the volume’s editors, interacting a bit with Olson.)
- The PC(USA) has concluded its bi-annual General Assembly. The big headline this year is that the Presbyterian denomination has voted not to change its own definition of marriage from “a civil contract between a woman and a man” to “… between two people.” Instead, the body has called for two years of “serious study and discernment” on the issue of Christian marriage. But, as this article makes clear, surveys of younger members makes it clear that such changes are only a matter of time. (In related news, the Vice Moderator has resigned after it came to light that she performed a same-sex union in violation of the denomination’s constitution.)
- The C&MA (Canada) also concluded its bi-annual General Assembly this July, with the most notable result (aside from the election of a new President) being the vote to ordain women for the first time in denominational history. There has yet to be an official press release, but a good summary of the pivotal day of Assembly business can be found at the blog of C&MA pastor Rev. Chris Smith.
- Theological Studies has made its archive of articles older than five years available online for free. (HT: Nick Norelli)
- The Center for Barth Studies has a fascinating review of John P. Lewis’s 2009 book Karl Barth in North America: The Influence of Karl Barth in the Making of a New North American Evangelicalism. (Strangely, it’s the third time in the last 12 hours I’ve come across the name Fred Klooster.) The history of Barth reception is quickly becoming a favorite topic of mine. Lewis concludes that what Evangelical respondants to Barth had in common was “a shared longing for a theology in dialogue with modernism ‘yet beyond the accommodation of modernist theologies’ (217).” In other words, perhaps they found in Barth an engaging response to the challenges of modernism … but were (and are) perpetually worried that this response is also accompanied by a certain degree of capitulation.
- Der Evangelischen Theologen has a thorough guide to get you started if you want to read the work of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
- Finally, if like me you’ve been waiting for Aberdeen to release the final installments of Sarah Coakley’s Gifford Lectures, they are now online along with a complete video recording of all six lectures.