Blog Posts by Bruce Baugus

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

The Donald in Dilbertian Perspective: Reason, Evolutionary Psychology, and Stiff-necked Reality

Article by   April 2016
As strange as it may sound, one of the more insightful discussions of Trump's political success is offered by "Dilbert" creator Scott Adams. Trump is a "master persuader," he argues, who knows and uses human psychology to far greater effect than... continue

The Apologetics of Christian Solidarity

Article by   March 2016
Love is the end (telos) of the apostles' teaching and the first apology for the faith (1 Tim. 1:5). Without love even the most celebrated preacher or apologist is just a noisy gong or clanging cymbal; by love even the... continue

Concluding Postscript to Christological Confusion Series

Article by   March 2016
Since writing and submitting the series of posts (beginning here) on the pervasive Christological confusion in China, I have received a communication confirming that my caution about attributing to our brother the view suggested by his assertions is well founded. As... continue

God's Voting Guide? (and an aside on Bernie's socialism)

Article by   February 2016
What should we look for in a candidate for president? That seems to be a pressing question for Americans right now.Rick has recently told us not to talk up or opt for socialism because "socialism is evil." It's worth noting,... continue

Christological Confusion & China's Reforming Churches (part 12)

Article by   February 2016
This is the final post in a twelve-part series on the current Christological confusion taking root in China's emerging Reformed community (see parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 and 10 and 11).ConclusionThere may be ways to construe the supposed pre-existent humanity of Christ without transgressing Chalcedonian orthodoxy--Klaas... continue

Christological Confusion & China's Reforming Churches (part 11)

Article by   January 2016
This is the eleventh post in a twelve-part series on the current Christological confusion taking root in China's emerging Reformed community (see parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 and 10).Seventh Statement: The "Unknown Humanity of God in Christ""Until recent times," Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen observes, "the idea... continue

Christological Confusion & China's Reforming Churches (part 10)

Article by   January 2016
This is the tenth post in a twelve-part series on the current Christological confusion taking root in China's emerging Reformed community (see part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9).Sixth Statement: An Uncreated BodyThe Belgic Confession insists the eternal Son became fully human and that... continue

Christological Confusion & China's Reforming Churches (part 9)

Article by   January 2016
This is the ninth post in a twelve-part series on the current Christological confusion taking root in China's emerging Reformed community (see parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8)Fifth Statement: Merely Functional LikenessIronically, holding a univocal view of God's image (see part 8) leads... continue
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