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"Whose Community? Which Interpretation?"

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In this short and rich work, Whose Community? Which Interpretation?: Philosophical Hermeneutics for the Church, Merold Westphal dialogs with and appropriates the views of numerous philosophers, arguing that human reasoning is inherently limited and perspectival; he draws out the implications of this truth for Biblical interpretation.

Between Athens and Jerusalem: Aristotle for Adventists

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Recent developments in philosophical ethics (to be distinguished from applied ethics), have lead to the articulation of a distinct third approach to moral reasoning. This development, called “virtue ethics”, is actually the rediscovery of an ethical position put forth by Aristotle. In this post, I want to revisit the basics of Aristotle’s ethical theory and to draw out some important implications it has for Christian ethical thinking.

The Disciplines as Discipleship

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Acts 4:13 records the reaction of those who encountered the disciples after Jesus’ ascension: “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”

Between Athens and Jerusalem: More Augustine for Adventists

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In previous posts, we’ve discussed both Augustine’s biography, and also the Platonism that influenced much of his thought. For better or worse, most of us in the Christian or post-Christian West have imbibed from this well.

Between Athens and Jerusalem: Plato for Adventists

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Plato is often the philosophical whipping boy of the Adventist community.

"The Reason for God"

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The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism is a rich work that reflects author Timothy Keller’s erudite teaching style as a pastor; tackling some heady issues, the book is full of references to contemporary historians, sociologists, philosophers, literature, theologians, etc. Yet, like his teaching, the book is surprisingly accessible to a general audience (considering the issues being addressed), rewarding those put in the effort to grapple with it.

Between Athens and Jerusalem: Socrates for Adventists

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In this series of posts (which is a continuation of the series from this summer on the thought of Aquinas, Augustine, and Anselm), we’ll continue to consider the relationship between faith and reason by examining the thought of a figure from the history of philosophy and

Anselm for Adventists: Faith Seeking Understanding

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In this post, I want to turn to look at the thought of yet another medieval figure—St. Anselm. Previously I have argued that Aquinas shows us a way to think of faith and reason in harmony (with faith completing the aspirations of reason). Augustine’s biography shows us a way that reason can lead to faith. Anselm, I propose, provides us with inspiration to think about the role reason can play in the life of the believer, or in his own words, the importance of “faith seeking understanding.”

Augustine for Adventists: More Thoughts on Faith and Reason

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One of my favorite prayers is one penned by St. Augustine:

"Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you they would not have been at all. You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness. You flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness.

Aquinas for Adventists: A Primer on Faith and Reason

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I’m going to make a suggestion that will probably sound a bit strange to many reading this—Adventists (former and present, along with their friends) living in the 21st century. In light of the challenges of secularism, post-modernism, evolution, etc. (the list goes on and on) to our community, I believe revisiting, or perhaps visiting for the first time, the thought of Thomas Aquinas would prove to be instructive and beneficial.

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