Christianity – An Alternative Approach

(This article is intended to serve as a supplement to and further explanation of my earlier articles What is Christianity?, Christianity Simply and Briefly Explained and If the Individual Recapitulates in Miniature the History of the Race …. Anglican W.H.Griffith Thomas once wrote a book entitled “Christianity Is Christ” first published in 1909. I take … Continue reading Christianity – An Alternative Approach

Christianity Simply and Briefly Explained

(I have maintained for many a long year that the ‘Christianity’ propounded by the churches is seriously distorted. The ecclesiastical view is the product of dogma arrived at principally by the questionable fifth century vagaries and fanciful ruminations of Augustine of Hippo, his contemporaries and successors. Strictly speaking, Christianity is a new covenant phenomenon but … Continue reading Christianity Simply and Briefly Explained

If the Individual Recapitulates in Miniature the History of the Race …

Following Irenaeus, the father of theology, I have argued for many years that recapitulation is essential for understanding the Bible, man in particular. (1* See my I Believe in Recapitulation; Recapitulation in Outline) I contend that Jesus could not have served as our Saviour if he had not been a man himself. Otherwise expressed, the … Continue reading If the Individual Recapitulates in Miniature the History of the Race …

Interpreting John 3:5

  The interpretation of John 3:5 is controversial. Even those who take a strong stand on its meaning admit that various other views are or have been current. For instance, J.I.Packer, in a helpful sermon on the Trinity (p.5), claims that alternative views are much fought over but goes on to declare categorically that explanations … Continue reading Interpreting John 3:5

Eternal Son?

  Writers on theological themes frequently refer to Jesus as the eternal Son. Kevin Giles has even written a book entitled The Eternal Generation of the Son. It is a scholarly and powerfully argued example of the theologians’ craft, but is it convincing? Even its author admits that the eternal sonship, though ecclesiastically orthodox, is … Continue reading Eternal Son?

More Meditation on Creation, Evolution and Recapitulation

  Some years before 2016, I wrote a couple of pieces on recapitulation (1* See my I Believe in Recapitulation and Recapitulation in Outline.) which I considered a neglected feature of biblical teaching. Though the idea was prevalent in the early church (Irenaeus in particular is associated with it) once the teaching of Augustine and … Continue reading More Meditation on Creation, Evolution and Recapitulation

Creation: Evolution, Recapitulation, Perfection

  1. God creates mother earth and sows her with seed-bearing plants (cf. Mark 4:26-29) and living creatures (Gen. 1:11f.,20-25). 2. Since he intended her to be inhabited (Gen. 1; Isa. 45:18), he creates animal life (Gen. 2:19) as reproductive seed-bearers. 3. Along with the animals he creates Adam in mother earth (Gen. 2:7; 139:15f.). … Continue reading Creation: Evolution, Recapitulation, Perfection

More on Docetism

  Concerning Identity and Nature Perhaps the most pervasive of all heresies affecting the Christology of the church is Docetism, the idea that Jesus was not truly man but only appeared to be.  (1* On this see my Still Docetic.)  The problem is frequently referred to but almost never properly addressed. Even Evangelicalism tends in … Continue reading More on Docetism

Jesus the Man

  Introduction I have argued elsewhere that, according to Scripture, the Word of God became flesh or man (John 1:14; Phil. 2:7), specifically Jesus, the son of God born of woman in the fullness of time (Gal. 4:4) (see my Still Docetic, The Ecclesiastical Christ.) . I deliberately express the issue this way since I … Continue reading Jesus the Man

Towards a Theodicy

  I have argued over the years that the main reason why the present world must be regarded as pejorative in relation to heaven or the world to come is not on account of the sin of Adam, his fall from original perfection and the consequential curse on all creation but because God himself purposely … Continue reading Towards a Theodicy

Human Nature

  What according to the Bible is human nature? A simple answer is flesh and blood which man shares with the animal world (cf.  Gen. 6:17; Ps. 49:12,20; Eccles. 3:18-21; Heb. 2:14). In addition, however, man is made in the image of God (Gen. 1:26; 5:1-3). Historically the church, though denying that he was initially … Continue reading Human Nature