How to tell the biblical story in a way that makes a difference


3 Oct 2023

I will be teaching an undergraduate class on Romans this semester at London School of Theology, so my plan is to outline my reading of the text here as we go along. I start with some general introductory remarks about my approach and a commentary on Romans 1:1-18. I am putting forward conclusions rather than arguments for the most part, so you may feel that there is some question-begging going on. I’m happy to go into more detail in the comments, or get a copy of my book on Romans The Future of the People of God: Reading Romans Before and After Western Christendom.

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Stephen Fowl thinks that it’s impossible to get from history to theology—to start with historical-criticism and arrive at an account of the being and intentions of the Triune God and of the various beliefs and practices that derive from that core Christian doctrine. So we have to start at the… (29 Jun 2023 | 0 comments)
This is a brief re-examination of Thomas’ famous declaration “My Lord and my God” in John 20:28. I looked at this some years ago, noting the common argument that the wording of the confession reflects the “custom,” recorded in Suetonius and Dio Cassius, of addressing the emperor Domitian (AD 81-96… (21 Jun 2023 | 7 comments)