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Boys, This Ain’t Scholarship

Posted on April 17, 2012

I’m not going to interact with the substance of Robert Godfrey’s and Mike Horton’s breezy responses to John Frame’s The Escondido Theology (just as they didn’t interact with the substance of Frame’s book), but I can’t pass up a “teaching moment” (as we say these days) to those onlookers who might want to learn a thing or two about scholarship — and substandard scholarship. First, read this from Godfrey, the main point of his response to Frame: Perhaps the simplest way to do that [“set the record straight”] is to refer to the thirty-two bullet points with which John has summarized our views at the beginning of the book (pp. xxxvii-xxxix).  He introduces these bullet points by claiming: “Below are some assertions typical of,…

Theologies to be Skeptical About

Posted on March 23, 2012

Christian systematic theologies abound today, and the themes around which one may orient any theology are legion: Protestant, Roman Catholic, Baptist, Pentecostal, feminist, dispensationalist, Afro-American, liberation, liturgical, evangelical, Marxist, Asian, Indian, and on and on.   On the basis of Biblical revelation, I thought it might be useful to list 10 traits of theology that should inspire us to be skeptical when we detect them. Be skeptical of any theology that: 1.   Situates the Person of Jesus Christ anywhere except at its absolute center (Col. 1:15-19; Heb. 1:3). 2.   Prefers knowledge to love (1 Cor. 1:8; 13:8). 3.   Assumes one can know doctrine without first obeying Christ (Jn. 7:17). 4.   Produces cruel, pharisaic people (Mt. 7:1-20). 5.   Pits personal revelation against propositional revelation (Jn. 1:1-3;…