Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Around the Web

The Parchment and Pen is holding the Great Trinity debate between Rob Bowman and Dave Burke.  I've not had a chance to follow it very closely but it looks very good. 

Speaking of debates my former co-worker Chuck Wiese has invited someone to a "debate and cook off" with him on the subject of Lutheranism vs. Calvinism. A little debate followed by a "grilling competition" is what he's proposing.   And while not quite a debate my friend Paul Adams did a review of the book The Making of an Atheist.  The review sparked quite a conversation/debate between Paul and the "Arizona Atheist."  The dialog is a great example of the possibility of a debate being conducted in a civil manner without all the nasty pejoratives that many think they have to resort to.  The atheist made this comment on his blog:  "It's so nice to have a discussion with a theist who is polite. I haven't experienced that much the last few years being on and all with my few detractors throwing out insults and put-downs every other sentence."  This is what I was referring to when I talked about atheists following the example of Antony Flew over the likes of Richard Dawkins. 

Kevin DeYoung read a fascinating paper on the subject of the impassibility of God.  I've noted before that I remain one of a dying breed that still think the doctrine has merit if it is properly formulated and understood. 

I think more than enough has been said about Bruce Waltke and evolution and John Piper inviting Rick Warren to speak.  Strong feelings abound and there are endless comments on the pros and cons of both.

If you like analytic theology read the review by Paul Helm of Oliver Crisp's book God Incarnate.  Helm's review made my synapses fire like the Fourth of July. 

Finally, Calvinists will be intrigued, and maybe a little irritated, at William Lane Craig's latest answer to the question of the week which involved answering why "the mass amounts of calvinists" who are apparently "incredibly intelligent and trustworthy Christian leaders" seem to "stick their head in the sand when it comes to the problem of evil" when Molinism is so available and makes such logical sense.

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