Stephen Bauer

The Ten Commandments and the Character of God

Each semester in my Christian Ethics class, I have a unit on the Ten Commandments. I used to assign a reaction paper in which each student would write on how Ellen White’s exposition of the Decalogue affected his or her understanding of any two out of the final six commandments. The results were predictable yet frustrating: The vast majority of students used Ellen White’s comments to conjure up a near-infinite number of ways a given commandment could be broken, would plead guilty to breaking the command in multiple manners, and then conclude that the commandments were impossible to keep.

“Pablo y Pedro”


(Traducido por Carlos Enrique Espinosa)

Los estudiosos suelen caer en dos campos al fechar el libro de Gálatas.  Aquellos que sostienen la teoría de Galacia del Sur creen que Pablo se estaba dirigiendo a un grupo de iglesias en las regiones del sur de la provincia romana de Galacia.  Este punto de vista parece proponer a Pablo como un visionario solitario, un hombre adelantado a su tiempo (y su iglesia), que finalmente catalizó un proceso que condujo a las decisiones del concilio de Jerusalén.

Paul and Peter

            Scholars frequently fall into two camps on dating the book of Galatians.  Those holding to the South Galatian theory believe Paul was addressing a group of churches in the southern regions of the Roman province of Galatia.  This view would seem to cast Paul as single visionary, a man ahead of his time (and his church), who eventually catalyzed a process leading to the decisions in the Jerusalem council. 

Explicando Romanos 5


Romanos 5:12-21 es un pasaje crucial en la epístola de Pablo, pero a menudo ha sido mal interpretado, como resultado de la lectura de opiniones filosóficas no-bíblicas en el texto, en particular platónicas. San Agustín articuló quizá la interpretación más popular del pasaje en su formulación de la doctrina del pecado original. Este excursus explorará brevemente, primero, la historia de la interpretación de este pasaje que condujo al dogma de Agustín, después de lo cual expondré un breve resumen de cómo funciona Romanos 5 en el contexto de Romanos 1-4.

Expounding Romans 5


Romans 5:12-21 is a crucial passage in Paul’s epistle, yet has often been misunderstood, as a result of reading non-Biblical philosophical views, particularly Platonic, into the text. St Augustine articulated perhaps the most popular interpretation of the passage in his formulation of the doctrine of original sin. This excursus will first briefly explore the history of interpretations of this passage that led to Augustine’s dogma, after which I shall set forth a brief overview of how Romans 5 functions in the context of Romans 1-4.

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Sat, 10/25/2014 | Los Angeles Adventist Forum
October Adventist Forum
Ronald E. Osborn, Ph.D., A 2014-2016 Mellon Postdoctoral Fell ow in the Peace and Justice Program at Wellesley College (Boston), and a 2 015 Fullbright Scholar to Burma/Myanmar, Formerly an Adjunct Faculty Membe r in the Dept. of International Relations at USC, and in the Honors Progra m at UCLA. Topic: "Death Before the Fall?: A Conversation with Ronald Osbor n."

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