Wednesday, May 28, 2014

All Around the Web - May 28, 2014

Huffington Post - Evangelical Leader Not Waving White Flag On Gay Marriage
"When the prevailing cultural narrative is that people who believe that marriage is a man-woman union are the equivalent of white supremacists or segregationists, then -- that's not true, first of all," Moore said. "Second of all, we can't simply say, 'Well, let's just assume that we are and let's protect our religious liberty.'

"I think we have to work to protect our religious liberty while at the same time we are articulating why this is a reasonable view to have," Moore said.

Below is a partial transcript of Moore's interview with The Huffington Post, edited for brevity and clarity.

9Marks - Six Principles For Youth Ministry
1) Whatever you do, maintain a clear line between church and world.
2) If you do baptize adolescents, treat them like adults.
3) Baptized or not, integrate them into the chronologically rich life of the church.
4) Equip parents to minister to their youth.
5) Take advantage of the evangelistic opportunity of this season.
6) Whatever you do programmatically on points 1 to 5, don’t let your manmade plans interfere with these biblical objectives. Facilitate them.
Inerrant Word - Inerrancy and Church History: Is Inerrancy a Modern Invention?
In 1970, Ernest Sandeen (Macalester College) claimed that nineteenth century Princeton theologians A. A. Hodge and B. B. Warfield created the doctrine of inerrancy to combat the burgeoning threat of liberalism.[1] In particular, Sandeen posited that the doctrine of inerrancy in the original autographs “did not exist in either Europe or America prior to its formulation in the last half of the nineteenth century.”[2] In 1979, Jack Rogers (Fuller Seminary) and Donald McKim (Debuque Theological Seminary) wrote, The Authority and Interpretation of the Bible: An Historical  Approach which popularized this theory on a broad scale. Over the past forty years, the conclusions of Sandeen, Rogers and McKim have affected how many Christians think about the doctrine of inerrancy. Namely, if the doctrine of inerrancy was not promoted throughout church history, why should the Church fight for it now?

Despite the widespread influence of Sandeen, Rogers and McKim, their claim was historically inaccurate. In 1982 John Woodbridge (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) wrote, Biblical Authority: A Critique of the Rogers/McKim Proposal, to give abundant evidence that the doctrine of inerrancy was the dominant view of the Church before Hodge and Warfield. As a result, Woodbridge would give a devastating critique of Sandeen, Rogers and McKim and all those who would follow in their footsteps of faulty scholarship.

Following the example of Woodbridge, it is the goal of this article to give evidence that the doctrine of inerrancy was not the creation of the Princetonians or American fundamentalists. Rather, the original resource material will show that the inerrantist view has been nearly unanimously accepted throughout church history by the Eastern and Western churches.[3] A major thrust of this article will be to let theologians from the first to the nineteenth centuries speak for themselves, in their own words. There will also be a discussion concerning the origin of biblical criticism in the Modern Period.

Ligonier - What Fiction Books Do R.C. Sproul Jr.’s Children Read?
Lord of the Flies—William Golding, along with Anthony Burgess, demonstrate their artistic merits in that they have garnered universal respect, all while using their talents to dismantle the modernist worldview. Here Golding goes after Rousseau, showing just what happens when the “innocent” are freed from the shackles of civilization. Bonus—this was my first introduction when I was in high school to the use of symbolism in fiction. It blew me away, as I always hope it blows my children away.

Brave New World—Huxley’s vision of a future where we are less browbeaten by big brother, more sedated by bread and circuses, Brave New World is, as Neil Postman argues in Amusing Ourselves to Death, what we should have been guarding against instead of 1984.

The Chronicles of Narnia—Lewis never grows old. While I am grateful for all the biblical imagery and lessons in Narnia, it is more the beauty of the gospel than its truth that Lewis so potently captures. Bonus—a gateway drug to all the rest of Lewis’ wonderful work.

That Hideous Strength—Of course Lewis shows up twice in my list. This, the third volume of his Space Trilogy, is by far my favorite novel in the world. Not the best mind you, but my favorite. Lewis’ greatest strength is his grasp of our weaknesses.

Huffington Post - J.R.R. Tolkien Reveals TRUE Meaning Of 'The Lord Of The Rings' In Unearthed Audio Recording
Over 20 years ago, a lost recording of J.R.R. Tolkien was discovered in a basement in Rotterdam, but the man who found it kept this important reel-to-reel tape hidden away. Until recently, only he had heard the recording. But now, I am one of those lucky Middle-earth lovers who has listened to this magical magnetic tape, and I happily declare that it is awesome. For it proves once and for all that Professor Tolkien was, in fact, very much the hobbit that we all suspected him to be. What's more, we get to hear Tolkien reading a lost poem in the Elven tongue which he translates into English. And to top it off, he states in unambiguous terms (cue Rohirrim war trumpets) the real meaning of The Lord of the Rings!

Got chills yet Tolkien fans? Just wait until you hear it yourself.

The recording took place on March 28th, 1958 in Rotterdam at a "Hobbit Dinner" put on by Tolkien's Dutch publisher and a bookseller. Tolkien's own publisher, Allen and Unwin, paid for his trip to the Netherlands to attend this special party. According to his letters the author was chuffed to find that Rotterdam was filled with people "intoxicated with hobbits." Tolkien showed up at a packed hall where 200 hobbit fanatics had come to hear him and other scholars talk about Middle-earth. The menu for the dinner was whimsically Tolkienesque, with Egg-salad à la Barliman Butterbur, Vegetables of Goldberry, and Maggot-soup (mushroom soup regrettably named after Farmer Maggot). And a Dutch tobacco company supplied the tables with clay pipes and tobacco labeled Old Toby and Longbottom Leaf, which pleased Tolkien, a devotee of the "art" of smoking pipe-weed.

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