Reflections of a Broken Man

Spring Contemplations by StephenMac
September 15, 2008, 1:25 pm
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**currently listening to HAARP by Muse… gotta be one of the best live albums I own**

You gotta love spring. Aside from the rain yesterday, these past 2 weeks have been awesome weather. I am wearing shorts for the first time in ages (my apologies to those who are offended by pasty pale skin on toothpick legs…), I am seriously contemplating beach-travels, and my mood matches the season! ζοη καλος! Oh… yeah… I have Greek and Hebrew homework to do… there goes my Spring joy…

Well not really… Greek and Hebrew are gonna have to get pretty bad to ruin this high 😛

Aside from the homework that I am avoiding, I have decided to do some reading of serious stuff. Two weeks ago, in Doctrine, we were learning about justification, and I heard that there is something called “New Perspectives” on Paul. Now I know that there are some who pretty much know this topic inside out, but before coming to college, I had never heard of it (a fact that our principal asked me not to reveal publicly – that our college had introduced me to the “New perspective” literature). For those who are uneducated barbarians like myself, the new perspective on Paul is a paradigm (my word of the moment) that re-interprets the Apostle Paul’s use of the word justification. So on the currently reading list is Piper’s The Future of Justification, which is a response to this “New Perspective” as advocated by N.T. Wright. For those of you who know this topic better than I, let me know your thoughts on this one, because I seem to be jumping into quite a difficult and convoluted debate.

Second on the reading list is Dawkins’ The God Delusion. I went to Men’s Convention two weeks back, and heard the guys from CPX give talks on this “New Atheism” (is it just me, or has society gotten a huge case of neophilia (not necrophilia – that’s just weird… but neophilia or the trait of being excited and pleased by novelty Dictionary.Reference.Com)). Anyhoo… I’m not sure what the CPX guys were saying, but I heard them as simply arguing that under the New Atheism rhetoric was mere poor scholarship. This I find hard to believe (without reading the book at all yet) as these New Atheists are smart, scholarly academics! How could they screw up their sources so badly? How could they be so misleading in their argument?!?

Dawkins introduces his book by saying that by the end of the book, he is hoping that religious readers will be atheists by the time they have finished the book. Pray for me, that I will see the truth, and continue in the faith that I had when Christ called me to be his own.



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Hi Steve,
if you are going to tackle it from the point of view of justification it is probably worth reading, to see what he has to sa for himself. Wright’s Romans commentary gives a pretty rounded picture too (though it is utterly expensive!). The best book I’ve read on the issue is Reformed Queenslander/ scottish/ blogger dude from highland theological college, Mike Bird called “The Saving Righteousness of God”. It’s calm and even handed and is endorsed by all sides of the debate as a fair reading. I’ve got a copy if you want a lend. I’m surprised you hadn’t had the NPP jibe before, coming from Sydney Uni and all.

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Thanks for that Mike… Still trying to get my head around Piper’s argument, so I’m thinking that I’m gonna have to post some thoughts here in the next few hours/days. Would love to hear your thoughts too.

As to this NPP jibe at USyd, well, since when did I ever listen at uni?

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