Monthly Archives: February 2021

Haven

We saw it sink; the tides took it, the tug of oars between the strand and formlessness that left the sands forlorn; out past the wrack, beyond the harbour-walls’ embrace, the embers ebbed to black. Listen, the land is locked in silence; waves and waders moved as one to cede the shore; the godwits gone,…

Review of Icons of Christ: Symbolism and Conclusions

PART 1: WHY IS WOMEN’S ORDINATION PLAUSIBLE? PART 2: WITT’S CONSTRUCTION OF HISTORY PART 3: ERRORS OF PHILOLOGY PART 4: SYMBOLISM AND CONCLUSIONS Part 4: Symbolism and Conclusions In the previous three installments, we have examined the plausibility structures of women’s ordination (WO), Witt’s view of history, and his handling of Greek philology. We now…

ANGHENFIL

People say there are no longer any ogres left in the world, but it is not true. I have a friend in a distant country who was afflicted by one for some years. Bran had amassed a great collection of historical and artistic material on behalf of his nation and was famous for his work…

Review of Icons of Christ: Errors of Philology

PART 1: WHY IS WOMEN’S ORDINATION PLAUSIBLE? PART 2: WITT’S CONSTRUCTION OF HISTORY PART 3: ERRORS OF PHILOLOGY PART 4: SYMBOLISM AND CONCLUSIONS PART 3 – ERRORS OF PHILOLOGY Having discussed plausibility structures and history in the previous two parts of this review, we come now to what, for Protestants, will be the central question…

Review of Icons of Christ: Errors of Protology and Eschatology

PART 1: WHY IS WOMEN’S ORDINATION PLAUSIBLE? PART 2: WITT’S CONSTRUCTION OF HISTORY PART 3: ERRORS OF PHILOLOGY PART 4: SYMBOLISM AND CONCLUSIONS PART 2: WITT’S CONSTRUCTION OF HISTORY In the first part of this series, we examined the plausibility structures on which Witt’s book relies for its persuasiveness. We saw that Witt teaches a…

Review of Icons of Christ: Plausibility Structures

PART 1: WHY IS WOMEN’S ORDINATION PLAUSIBLE? PART 2: WITT’S CONSTRUCTION OF HISTORY PART 3: ERRORS OF PHILOLOGY PART 4: SYMBOLISM AND CONCLUSIONS PART 1: WHY IS WOMEN’S ORDINATION PLAUSIBLE? Icons of Christ : A Biblical and Systematic Theology for Women’s Ordination. Witt, William G. Waco: Baylor University Press 2020. 439 pp. $59.99 (cloth); $44.99 (paper). Professor…

The Witness of Beauty – An Introduction (Part 1 of 3)

PART 1 PART 2 PART 3 At the turn of the twenty-first century, a revival of natural law took place among both Roman Catholics and Protestants. This revival has resulted in many contemporary Christian scholars affirming reason as the means by which “basic moral principles, assumed by and standing in agreement with biblical revelation, are…

A Continual Good Friday: Walking through Lent with Death and Donne

“He that will die with Christ upon Good Friday, must hear his own bell toll all Lent…”[1] So begins a Lenten sermon by that most eloquent of Anglican divines, the Rev. Dr. John Donne. Hearing these lugubrious chimes bind us together with Christ’s passion, we are reminded that our living and dying are of a…

On Dying

Where, O Death, is your sting?         If we increase the IV Morphene bolus               You won’t feel a thing. There is nothing painful or hateful       About this death. Cast your anxieties on Him —     Be anxious for nothing.        Or X units of…

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Celebrating the Penitential: Music for Ash Wednesday

On Wednesday, Anglicans and other liturgical Christians will begin their second Lent during the interminable season of Covidtide. If ever there were a time to turn our focus away from things temporal to things eternal, now would be it. Even in normal times, picking a hymn for Ash Wednesday poses some unique problems. Many churches…

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