Monthly Archives: June 2015

Barr-the last lecture

I am coming to the conclusion of James Barr’s 1990-91 Gifford Lectures, Biblical Faith and Natural Theology. At the beginning of his last lecture Barr summarized the thrust of his argument so far: We have shown I think that principles … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Ethics, Theology | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Barr-metaphors and authority

James Barr, in a further lecture from his Gifford Lectures on Biblical Faith and Natural Theology, explored the possible relations of natural theology in the Bible to science and linguistics. He knew that he was not talking about any developed … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Church, Theology | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Barr-the image of God

James Barr in Biblical Faith and Natural Theology spent a lot of time talking about the image of God question only to conclude that it has little to do with natural theology. An old argument for natural theology was that, … Continue reading

Posted in Bible | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

Off-line downtime

I unexpectedly lost the Internet Tuesday. A tree service company cut down a tree on an adjoining lot and knocked out our DSL in the process. Collateral damage. Until 1994 I had no Internet and somehow lived happily. But now … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Leave a comment

Barr-the meaning of biblical natural theology

James Barr in his Biblical Faith and Natural Theology argued that the Bible contains natural theology or something akin to it. He qualified this claim in a long lecture about religion, tradition and natural theology. One of his interesting points … Continue reading

Posted in Ancient Israel, Bible, Ethics, Theology | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Barr-not a fan of Barth

James Barr, in his sixth lecture of Biblical Faith and Natural Theology, returned from his argument that the Hebrew Scriptures support a kind of natural theology to his debate with Barth. He said that he was close to Barth in … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Theology | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Barr-revelation and common sense

I am still reading James Barr’s Biblical Faith and Natural Theology. Prophecy and law in the Hebrew Bible seem totally revelatory and not drawn from any kind of natural knowledge. James Barr said that this was because of the “rubrics”. … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Ethics, Theology | Tagged , , | Leave a comment