Luther’s Sola Scriptura

In 2017, the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, many are quick to pledge support to Luther and the Reformer's doctrine of Scripture--Sola Scriptura--or to decry and deny it, yet the discussions concerning this doctrine reveal that not everyone knows what Sola Scriptura actually meant. What we need is a proper understanding of what Sola Scriptura … Continue reading Luther’s Sola Scriptura

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CONVINCED OF BETTER THINGS: AN EXPOSITION OF HEBREWS 6:1-12

Hebrews 6 has proved to be a contensious passage in the history of exegesis and theology: the strong warning issued in this passage has proved to be the battleground for many soteriological debates. In this paper, I argue that the passage, interpreted within the compatibilist worldview of the Bible, holds together the same tension found … Continue reading CONVINCED OF BETTER THINGS: AN EXPOSITION OF HEBREWS 6:1-12

Coming on the Clouds of Heaven: An Investigation into the Nature of Our Lord’s Return in Contrast with the Doctrine of the Rapture

In this paper I argue against the dispensational bifurcation of Christ's return, which posits a rapture and then the second coming , through a close reading of three major texts (Matthew 24, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians) and various other key texts in interation with these. I conclude that, according to the New Testament, Christ will … Continue reading Coming on the Clouds of Heaven: An Investigation into the Nature of Our Lord’s Return in Contrast with the Doctrine of the Rapture

Appendix 2 – Christianity and Culture

In this appendix to my paper "To Love God with All One's Heart Soul and Strength," I examine Neibuhr's categories of Christ and Culture, the Cultural Mandate, and various biblical motifs, arguing that Christians are called to be radically different and radically orientated towards each other in order to be an effective witness to the … Continue reading Appendix 2 – Christianity and Culture

Appendix 1 -The Christian Worldview

In this first appendix of my paper "To Love God with All One's Heart Soul and Strength," I sketch the Christian worldview as best as I understand it. I briefly treat a Biblical view of metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics. My presentation is highly dependent on the work of John Frame and is very selective, only … Continue reading Appendix 1 -The Christian Worldview

To Love God with All One’s Heart Soul and Strength: a Christian Philosophy of Education

I recently had to summarize my approach to education for a class; here is the paper that resulted. Using Jeff Greenman's nine components of learning as the structural framework, I develop in this paper my own philosophy of education, employing a hypothetical school of ministry located in Vancouver to elucidate it in a concrete setting. Two … Continue reading To Love God with All One’s Heart Soul and Strength: a Christian Philosophy of Education

2 Thessalonians and Hell: Separation From or Wrath Coming Forth From God?

Is Hell eternal seperation from God or the experience of wrath pouring forth from God for an eternity? Those who argue for the former often appeal to 2 Thessalonians 1:9. In a paper I recently posted on academia.edu, I argue that the best reading of the Greek preposition apo ("away from") in this verse is … Continue reading 2 Thessalonians and Hell: Separation From or Wrath Coming Forth From God?

The Epistemological Necessity of Tri-unity

  I have been thinking a lot about the Trinity recently, one of the fruits of this labour is a new paper I just posted on Academia.edu. In this paper, I argue that self-knowledge requires three points of reference--the self who is knowing (subject), something to see onself in (an external object), and a standard … Continue reading The Epistemological Necessity of Tri-unity

An Outline of David Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion

Originally published posthumouly in 1779, David Hume's Dialogues Concerning Natural Theology sounded the death knell for natural theology. Natural theology was the attempt to discern the character and existence of God from creation alone, apart from revelation. Addressing arguments from the appearance of design in the world (a posteriori), what is now called the cosmological arguement (a priori), … Continue reading An Outline of David Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion

The Irrationalism of Rational Thought

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