Happenings

North Carolina

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:

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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I am currently watching the Rocky marathon on AMC, as all good Americans are. Happy New Year.

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5 comments

  1. 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.

    Well, I hope you plan on doing a series on this! 🙂

  2. Delta one of the worst airlines in the world. Air France is pretty bad, though this is mitigated by inspiringly beautiful air hostesses and flirtatious air hosts.

    When JP II first went to the States, the president (not sure which one) flew to meet him on Airforce I. JP arrived on a plane named Shepherd I.

  3. 🙂

    Also, my bag (in addition to being delayed) somehow got wet and pretty much ruined a nice copy of Aquinas (selected Summa) that I had. Now I don’t know if God wants me to be a Thomist.

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