Category Archives: Theodicy

America Rewards Incompetence and Punishes the Competent

This essay in The Atlantic about Elizabeth Warren is right on the mark. America Punished Elizabeth Warren for Her Competence: The country still doesn’t know what to make of a woman—in politics, and beyond—who refuses to qualify her success. It … Continue reading

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Calvin: on Facing Adversity

I’ve always found this passage from Calvin’s Institutes quite good: Innumerable are the ills which beset human life, and present death in as many different forms. Not to go beyond ourselves, since the body is a receptacle, nay the nurse, … Continue reading

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V&R published this volume just last year, but it seems particularly relevant these days. The link provides a flipbook showing the table of contents and other front matter. The question of the justice or righteousness of God has tormented (or … Continue reading

Posted in Book Review, Books, Theodicy, Theology, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

The #NRA: Cashing In While Children Cash Out

It’s ‘great’ to see the National Rifle Association doing its best to cash in on fear and hysteria! Well done you guys, well done! ‪ #‎merica‬ ‪#‎TheDollarIsAmericasTrueGod‬ Ooohhhh… the MOST DANGEROUS year in the 2nd Amendment’s history!  I bet it’s … Continue reading

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A Very Good Sermon on the Mystery of God

From St. Andrews Church, in Jerusalem. The standard ending of the standard fairy tale is: “And they all lived happily ever after.” But this standard ending is a lie: The prince and his beautiful new bride grow old, lose their … Continue reading

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Outside the Comfort Zone: The Sensual God

Columbia University Press (or someone in Tel Aviv) thought I might enjoy this new book so they sent a copy: In the Old Testament, God wrestles with a man (and loses). In the Talmud, God wriggles his toes to make … Continue reading

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Christian Brady’s “Biblical Theology of Suffering”

Christian notes In the spring of 2015 I was invited by the Graduation Christian Fellowship and Chesterton House of Cornell University to lecture on suffering. Below, collected on one page for convenience, are the links to several posts of the … Continue reading

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Why Is This Woman Among the Living?

Fire from heaven should have descended on her as she was about to perpetrate her thoroughly satanic act. A woman in Ohio is accused in the brutal death of her own baby. Deasia Watkins, 20, of Hamilton County was taken … Continue reading

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Dr Myles Bradbury is Why Britain Needs the Death Penalty

A children’s doctor who abused boys in his care, including young cancer patients, even fondled some of his victims behind a curtain while their parents were in the room, a court has heard. Dr Myles Bradbury admitted carrying out examinations on … Continue reading

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Everything That’s Wrong With America In One Story

I saw this (thanks to Chip Hardy on the twitter) and was gobsmacked. The only thing bigger than high-school football in Texas is the caricature of high-school football in Texas that persists everywhere else. And so, as the dust settles … Continue reading

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Joel is Joel and Bryan is Rick

Below are two photos.  One of Joel Watts and one of Bryan Lewis.  I understand your confusion if you think they’re actually Joel Osteen and Rick Warren.  What you don’t realize is that Joel Watts IS Joel Osteen, and Bryan … Continue reading

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She Forgot Her 5 Week Old Baby in the Car, and Left it 5 Hours…

HOW????????????????????????????? A 44-year-old mother of two has been arrested after she left her five-week-old baby locked inside a car. The woman identified as Gloria Elzy left her newborn infant inside her car for more than half an hour on a … Continue reading

Posted in Modern Culture, Theodicy, Theology

Why Does This Continue to Happen?

Cobb County authorities are investigating a child’s death after a parent left a toddler in a vehicle near Cumberland Mall Wednesday.  Cobb County police tells WSB-TV, a father was supposed to take his 22-month-old to daycare around 8:30 a.m. Police said … Continue reading

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Total Depravity: The Mom Who Beat the 3rd Grader in a Bathroom at School, With a Hammer

A third-grader was violently beaten at an Oakland, California school on Friday. Police state that the attacker, another child’s mother, lured the girl into a bathroom and then hit her repeatedly with a hammer. Police also state that this was … Continue reading

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Tweeting Prayer: Silliness or Heresy?

Seen on twitter- @SistahKim: Father, what can I do without You? Thank You for Your goodness. Never leave me; never let me go. In Jesus name. Not to sound curmdgeony – but 1-does Kim really think God follows her on … Continue reading

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Total Depravity: The 10 Year Old Who Was Raped By a Brother, and Sister, in the School Bathroom

Sing me that song you like where you tell me how people are just basically awesomely good… for old time’s sake…  Because, you know what, this kind of thing never happened when we middle age folk were kids.  Because back … Continue reading

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Why is SBL Marginalizing True Christians…

By being all about the booze and boozers… It’s time for real Christians to take SBL back by making it the STL (society of tea lovers). It’s time for the revolution!!!! You boozers have been warned!

Posted in Heresy and Heretics, Pentebabbleism, Pentebabbleists, pseudo-christianity, pseudo-theology, Reception History, SBL, Theodicy, Total Depravity

Come Thou Long Expected DCH

Sung to the tune of ‘Come Thou Long Expected Jesus’ 1. Come, thou long expected DCH*, come to set thy people free; from our Brown and Briggs release us, let us find our rest in thee. Learning’s strength and consolation, … Continue reading

Posted in Septuagint, Theodicy, Total Depravity

It’s Depressing Getting Old…. A Cautionary Tale

Once upon a time (today) I was making my daily (nearly) visit to a local coffee shop (called Starbucks).  As I opened the door of the car and got out it DELUGED.  By the time I got to the door … Continue reading

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