Monthly Archives: October 2018

Soulen-clearing the way for a better story

After a couple of days thinking about the fatal event that happened in Pittsburgh on Saturday, I return to R. Kendall Soulen’s The God of Israel and Christian Theology. Three theologians feature in Soulen’s attempt to reinterpret the Christian gospel. … Continue reading

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On American Anti-Semitism

I haven’t had cable TV in this century.  So I don’t see CNN, MSNBC, or FOX News.  I gather, though, from what I read online that they are being very politically slanted in their coverage of the Squirrel Hill synagogue … Continue reading

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Heartache

When I drove to church yesterday morning the radio had Bonnie Tyler, with her unique throaty voice, rasping though “It’s a Heartache”. Somehow that set my mood for the day. Of course, the song is really about a romantic breakup. … Continue reading

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Soulen-blessing through others

The story Christians tell is often one that moves from the brokenness of sin and separation from God to redemption and reconciliation. It is like the story a recovering alcoholic may tell of reaching rock bottom and then recovering. Or … Continue reading

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Soulen-fixing the story we tell

In The God of Israel and Christian Theology, R. Kendall Soulen proposes an alternative to the standard story Christian theologians have told since the 2nd century. In a short chapter, he tells us what the rest of the book will … Continue reading

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Soulen–Barth, Rahner and missed possibilities

R. Kendall Soulen, in The God of Israel and Christian Theology talks about how in the mid to late 20th century the two Karls, Barth and Rahner, attempted to modify the standard Christian model. Both of them were responding to the … Continue reading

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Soulen-the inward quest of Kant and Schleiermacher

Beginning with the church fathers, the standard canonical narrative told a story that displaced Israel.  However, the God of Israel as portrayed in the Hebrew Scriptures still strongly influenced Christian theology. The rationalist turn in modern theology, especially in Germany, … Continue reading

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