My last post stirred some pushback from many people across a wide variety of camps. The main reason is that I simplified too much of the fundamentalist and Calvinistic camps without sufficient nuance or disclaimers. I made strawmen caricatures with which everyone disagrees. I apologize for overgeneralizations. I was attempting to write my thoughts on the matter and the conclusions to which I’ve come. But in doing so, I’m afraid I did not do justice to my theological sparring partners.
As I’m sure you picked up on, I’m not a fan of either Calvinism or Fundamentalism. I was thinking about it, and I came to the conclusion that I reject both theologies for the same reason: neither describes God accurately. By the term accurately I mean they do not describe God how the Bible does.Continue reading “Calvinism and Fundamentalism: Why I’m Scared of Both”
Why this post? Well, its not to complain or gloat about the last few months. Its actually to share where I am.
I was reading a very interesting book on Oliver Wendell Holmes, the great American jurist. He grew up in Boston during the later half of the 19th century. This was the time when New England rejected the Christian Faith. The book observed how New England was founded by the Puritans who espoused Calvinism. From thereContinue reading “Calvinism and Liberalism”
By Nate Labadorf I’ve thought a fair bit about presuppositional apologetics this last year and have come to some mixed conclusions. At first, I thought it was a poor system because it starts with a viscously circular argument. But, after further reflection, I did find some value in it. On the plus side, it doesContinue reading “My Thoughts on Presuppositional Apologetics”
Preface: several years ago I used to be super rightwing. However, as I’ve grown in Christ and studied more, I’ve realized that rightwing political positions don’t always align with Scripture. I’ve realized that I have the choice to follow Scripture completely or follow rightwing politics completely—but I can’t do both. So, I’ve chosen to alignContinue reading “The Marriage of Rightwing Politics and Social Darwinism”
America totters on the edge of collapse. Or so it seems, anyway. The nation which was self proclaimed a “light on a hill” now seems to give no more light than a glow-in-the-dark sticker. The manifest destiny which once was defined by greatness, now leans toward destruction. In this dark hour in American history, ChristiansContinue reading “Christians and the Undoing of America”
The church at Corinth had a problem: they were divisive, and petty. They fought over issues like: who is the best preacher, what are we free to do as Christians, or how to perform one’s spiritual gift. That last issue, Paul spends three chapters (12-14) detailing the use and function of the gifts within theContinue reading “The Supremacy of Love”
By Nate Labadorf I wrote this article COVID19, BJU v. US, and Christian Rights over a month ago, but I think it deserves some follow through. The article was intended to push back against the caustic way Christians are insisting on “their rights” during the COVID19 epidemic. In the article, I work through the BJUContinue reading “Part2: COVID19, BJU v. US, and Christian Rights”
By Nate Labadorf I suppose this post starts with a simple admission: I didn’t intend my original post and my follow up post to cause the stir it did. The original intention of the post was to explain to my average of 20 readers why I have changed political/theological views over the past year. IContinue reading “Rethinking My Christianity: More than just Politics”