January 2, 2009
Back from holiday. Never fly Delta! (amazing how a 4 hour trip can become a two day trip)
Here are some interesting bits from the fascinating world of the Christian religion:
Paul Handley of the Guardian informs us that the Anglican Communion will split in 2009. Most of us thought this happened about a dozen times over the last few years, but in the bizarre world of pseudo-episcopal ecclesiology, a split is only formal when the same geographic location is claimed. Thanks to the new province in North America, the rest of the Anglican bishoprics around the world will have to decide who to recognize.
All of this reminds me of why congregational free church ecclesiology and Roman Catholic papal ecclesiology both offer the best alternative for the respective presups of Protestant and Catholic thought. I’ll leave that claim standing, ’cause it would take too long to defend.
Michael Bird of Highland Theological College (Scotland) informs us that N. T. Wright has written a book in response to his Calvinist critics, especially John Piper. Howard Marshall of Aberdeen gives it exuberant praise, which should be enough reason to take and read.
Richard Coords informs us that Calvinists and Arminians actually believe the same thing about determinism and free will; it’s just that the Arminians are more honest about it. Okay, that’s not really what Coords says; just my gloss. I guess I just don’t have a penchant for saying, “God establishes free will by reducing alternative possibilities to one.”
I am currently watching the Rocky marathon on AMC, as all good Americans are. Happy New Year.