Thursday, January 27, 2011

Are all religions the same?

In an interesting synchronicity, I had taught on God among the "gods" in Christian Thought on Wednesday (coming down squarely on the side of God being the only real one, of course!), when I read this blog that night: which is a reposting of

What is your response?

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year!

A reminder: I will not be in town next Sunday (Jan 9, 2011) and so we'll take a break from our study.

In class today I mentioned a couple of resources:
  • the books by Robert Shank, Life in the Son (ISBN 978-1556610912), dealing with the topic of perseverance ("eternal security"), and Elect in the Son (ISBN 978-1556610929), dealing with the topic of election/predestination. Both are available at Amazon, but they're also listed on for much less.
  • the citation from C.S. Lewis, coming from p. 130 of The Problem of Pain:  
    I willingly believe that the damned are, in one sense, successful, rebels to the end; that the doors of hell are locked on the inside. I do not mean that the ghosts may not wish to come out of hell, in the vague fashion wherein an envious man ‘wishes’ to be happy: but they certainly do not will even the first preliminary stages of that self-abandonment through which alone the soul can reach any good. They enjoy forever the horrible freedom they have demanded, and are therefore self-enslaved: just as the blessed, forever submitting to obedience, become through all eternity more and more free. 
    Thank you!