Author Archives: Alastair Roberts

The Politics of the Empty Tomb

I guest-posted a Scriptural reflection on the politics of the empty tomb earlier today. Political theology, like many other forms of theology, is in constant danger of quests to secure the stable and settled presence of Christ. It risks denying … Continue reading

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Death Before the Fall

Over on Jesus Creed, RJS asks about death before the Fall. Following Ronald Osborn, she suggests that the place of death within the creation is a problem, especially for those who take Genesis literally. As death is supposed to arise … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Creation, Ethics, Genesis, OT, The Blogosphere, Theological | 62 Comments

Open Mic Thread 1

At the suggestion of ‘The Man Who Was…’, a frequent commenter in these parts, I am going to start a new series of posts. Every couple of weeks, I will publish a post like this, without a specific topic. The … Continue reading

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Jesus Before Pilate

While on the subject of guest posts, here are two other pieces that I wrote over the last couple of weeks. Both are reflections upon political themes present within Jesus’ appearance before Pontius Pilate as recorded in the gospel of John. … Continue reading

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A Conversation on Lent, Individualism, and Christian Piety

My friend Jake Meador and I had a wide-ranging e-mail conversation over the last few days. It was posted on Mere Orthodoxy earlier today. It is lengthy, but worth checking out. The following are a few quotations from our discussion to … Continue reading

Posted in Church History, Culture, Guest Post, Lent, The Church, Theological, Worship | 2 Comments

On the Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage in England and Wales

Today has witnessed the first legal same-sex marriages within England and Wales. This development heralds the movement into a new stage of public discourse surrounding marriage, within which a different set of issues will become more prominent and pressing. The … Continue reading

Posted in Controversies, Culture, Ethics, In the News, Sex and Sexuality, Theological | 58 Comments

Thoughts on the World Vision Debate

The following are various thoughts on the recent World View USA brouhaha. The bitter disagreements that have been played out over the last few days have, with a few exceptions, followed familiar and predictable patterns, with the various antagonists performing … Continue reading

Posted in Controversies, Ethics, On the web, Sex and Sexuality, The Blogosphere, Theological | 75 Comments

Remarks on New Testament Authorship

The Thirsty Gargoyle, whom I had the privilege of meeting in person last year, has some helpful remarks on the question of New Testament authorship. Take a look.

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Is N.T. Wright in his Right-Mind?

Scot McKnight’s recent reference to it has reminded me of N.T. Wright’s treatment of right brain/left brain dichotomies in his treatment of readings of the Apostle Paul, especially as they relate to his use of the Old Testament. This isn’t … Continue reading

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Stabbings in the Bible

I have long been fascinated with biblical accounts of stabbing. As a young child, my two favourite Old Testament stories were 1 Samuel 5 (Dagon and the Ark of the Covenant) and Judges 3:12-30 (Ehud’s stabbing of King Eglon). Somewhat … Continue reading

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