Progressive revelation is the theological understanding for hermeneutics (biblical interpretation) which acknowledges the way in which themes that emerge early in Scripture go through development and change. The big framework for this is the Old and New Covenants/Testaments, where it is often said that Christ is “in the Old concealed and in the New revealed”.… Continue reading development in divine dealings with sin
When it rains… look for rainbows. Our son Tom quoted this message from a T-shirt today, as we finished off our lunch and looked out the window at the rain. The imagery of the rainbow is used by peace activists, the queer community, sunday school teachers, and more. It draws its formative significance, of course,… Continue reading rain and bows
I’ve long held the view that God doesn’t always get what God wants/wills/desires. It seems fundamentally basic to me. Because, there is more than one way to be omnipotent. By way of analogy, take my non-omnipotence… my mere potency. I possess the ‘ability’, or ‘power’ or ‘potency’ to do this or that thing. I am,… Continue reading lamb power
One of the standard atheist charges against belief in a god (especially since Feuerbach) is that humans invent a ‘god’ who is nothing more than a ‘projection’ of their own need to believe. The central idea is that all beliefs about ‘gods’ simply reflect what humans want or assume a ‘god’ to be like. Quickly,… Continue reading projection, polytheism & judaeo-christian ‘atheism’
Progressive Revelation is the theological/biblical (and Judaeo-Christian) understanding of the process of God’s increasing self-revelation over time. The only other understandings of divine revelation are a) denial of divine revelation (deists, atheists, pantheists, etc.) or b) some kind of mass-download-ish ‘instant’ revelation.