It is often said that biblical interpretation requires one to understand a passage's historical context. However, this raises several important problems.
Modern Protestant Theology has been described by some as “theology become anthropology.” This description is particularly apt for the theologies found in three significant works of modern philosophy and theology, Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, Hegel’s Philosophy of History, and Feuerbach’s The Essence of Christianity. These are not the only ones that fit this description—the … Continue reading The Deifying of Man in Modern Philosophy
Many of the authors writing about theology after the Reformation have raised resounding criticisms of “traditional” or conservative Christianity. The modernist philosophers David Hume (in his Dialogues), Immanuel Kant, Friedrich Schleiermacher, Martin Kähler, and Rudolf Bultmann have all taken issue with conservative Christianity. I will argue that these authors share a common criticism of the … Continue reading Modern Theology’s Criticism of Conservatism
Can someone who rejects God as He has revealed Himself in Scripture be consistently rational? Cornelius Van Til, a 20th century Christian apologist and theologian, frequently demonstrated the inherent irrationalism of all non-Biblical worldviews. One of his students, John Frame, has applied this insight to many of the major philosophical thinkers and movements of western … Continue reading The Irrationalism of Rational Thought
It is interesting to observe that the New Testament Epistles and much of the Old Testament Wisdom literature have a function that closely parallels the case laws of the Torah. This observation helps us see that the contemporary approach to exegesis that attempts to adduce universal principles from Biblical texts misses the point of their … Continue reading Wisdom Literature and Epistles as Case Laws