Here’s some links I found interesting.
Justin Taylor – “How Evil Was Herod The Great?”
A colleague of mine, Chad Allen editorial director of Baker Books, has a post “Why Asking Why is So Important?” based on reflections about our founder Herman Baker pictured below (1929). He writes, “This was Herman’s driving concern: to cultivate believers in the faith.”
Just for fun – “Why the Monopoly Pieces are What They Are?”
Frank Beckwith explains why Moody Publishers disinvited him as a contributor to a forthcoming book because of his Catholicism. This seems odd since, as Beckwith observes, Moody publishes other books by Catholics. Beckwith wisely comments, “Although I was disappointed by the dis-invitation, I was not offended. Nor did I think that I had lost something to which I was entitled. For reacting in such ways would have been inconsistent with what I believe about theological integrity and the obligation that I have to respect the confessions of my fellow Christians, even when I think they are mistaken.”
While we’re on the topic of Catholics here’s an interesting post on Catholic Bibles called “Why Can’t Catholics Speak English?” (HT: Timothy from Catholic Bibles) See the response also by Alan Jacobs – “Why Mediocre Bible Translations are Here to Stay.”
Michael Bird has a good article on “Why the Lost Gospels Did Not Make the Canonical Cut?” Speaking of the Gnostics who produced many of these Gospels Bird writes, “A religion of this order might have give us a guru like Deepak Chopra, who urges people to look for the god or divine spark within ourselves, but it wouldn’t have given us figures like Augustine, Martin Luther, William Wilberforce, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, or Mother Theresa.”
Terrance Tiessen asks “Should we rethink ‘hell’?” In part he writes, “If, by “rethink” we mean “think again” about it, then the answer is definitely yes. I don’t suggest, however, that there is anything seriously wrong with the traditional (eternal conscious punishment) view, requiring that it be rethought with the intention of revision. One does not need to have doubts about the position one holds, to seriously reconsider its truthfulness. Given that we are all fallible, we do well to be continually thinking again about the things we believe. Sometimes, when we study someone else’s reading of Scripture, which differs from ours, we end up believing exactly what we did before we started, but sometimes we change our minds – perhaps more than once, on a given subject.”