Blog Posts by Bruce Baugus

Ecclesiastical Eclipse: Evangelicalism and the Reformation

Article by   March 2017
The Reformation's heritage--a topic of intensifying reflection as this quincentenary year rolls on--will be the theme of the Evangelical Theological Society's annual meeting in Providence, RI. This is a good thing; however, my expectations are limited because the broadly... continue

Why You Don't Read Your Bible

Article by   February 2017
According to Søren Kierkegaard's analysis of spiritual despair in Sickness unto Death, in terms of faith (see the first post in this series) and consciousness (part 2 and part 3), despair is the universal condition of being without God... continue

Despair at Work

Article by   December 2016
"Remember," Paul writes, "that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world" (Eph 2:11-12). This is spiritual... continue

Spiritual Despair: Consciousness of Despair

Article by   December 2016
A piercing observer of the human condition, Søren Kierkegaard argues that despair is the sickness unto death. The very structure of being human is such that we can only be what we were created to be and are called... continue

Spiritual Despair: A Universal Malady

Article by   November 2016
Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) was a peculiar sort of apologist for the spiritual earnestness he believed is demanded by the gospel and necessary to being human. It is not surprising, then, that Kierkegaard had much to say about despair before... continue

A Transient Age: The Dawn of (Post-) Post-Modernity

Article by   October 2016
Postmodernism already seems passé--so 1970s, or at least 1990s. But if postmodernity has already passed us by then what ideological age is this? Post-postmodernity? It's obvious we love to consider ourselves "post-" whatever came before us: we not only... continue

Validity, the Mind of God and Confessional Christianity

Article by   September 2016
A while back I wrote a post on the parasitic nature of absurdity. Absurdity, as a concept, is only meaningful when set against a backdrop of rationality. Whenever we conclude something is absurd, however, we are not only judging it to... continue

Abelard & Anselm; or How to Throw Yourself in Front of a Bus

Article by   September 2016
Leon Morris once suggested that "the atonement is the crucial doctrine of the faith" and that "unless we are right here it matters little . . . what we are like elsewhere" (The Cross in the New Testament, p.... continue

Kierkegaard (of all people?) on Authority and Eloquence in Preaching

Article by   August 2016
Søren Kierkegaard is surely one of the most influential and misunderstood influences on modern Western thought and especially contemporary theology. This is a bit surprising for someone who wrote in Danish and styled himself neither a philosopher nor a... continue

The MA & PA Case for De-Christianizing Culture: Marx, White, and all the Rest

Article by   April 2016
Karl Marx didn't write all that much about religion, but what little he did was radical, programmatic, and rather clever. Here is almost his entire commentary on the meaning of religion as a cultural phenomenon: "religion is the sigh of... continue
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