Folk Christianity (Part 1)

Introducing the Concept

While I was writing about what I call “pop theology” I stumbled on a very similar concept called “folk religion.” Continue reading “Folk Christianity (Part 1)”

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History and the Ghanaian Church

One of the reasons for this platform is to offer critical reflection on the state of Ghanaian Christianity. This is something that is sorely lacking in the Christian landscape but I think it is pretty evident that we dearly need it.

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Art and Biblical Poetry

In the video below Dr Tim Mackie, a Bible scholar and co-founder of The Bible Project, a crowd funded Christian animation studio whose wonderful videos I feature quite regularly, explores how biblical poetry can powerfully inform and motivate the work of Christian creatives.

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Political Theology

Dr. Tim Mackie, an Old Testament scholar and co-creator of The Bible Project, in the video below offers a brief overview of the Bible’s vision of politics in the Hebrew Bible and in the New Testament. Continue reading “Political Theology”

Early Christian Theology and Greek Thought

Theologian Rowan Williams briefly discusses the influence of Greek philosophy on Christian theology. Continue reading “Early Christian Theology and Greek Thought”

The Kingdom of God is “Within your reach”

In Luke 17:20-21 Jesus is asked by some Pharisees when the kingdom of God is coming. He famously responds by saying “the kingdom is within you.” There is some recent scholarship that challenge this translation of Jesus’ response in important ways which in the following post New Testament scholar Dr. Larry Hurtado alerts us to.

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It’s amazing how slowly the work of papyrologists influences the work of other scholars.  Here’s an example.  In Luke 17:20-21, Pharisees ask Jesus when the kingdom of God will come, and Jesus responds exhorting that it doesn’t come “with observation” (a term used also for medical observation of symptoms) and by pointing “here or there,” for the kingdom of God is ἐντὸς ὑμῶν (“entos humon”).  

The plural form of the pronoun (“humon“) is commonly recognized as calling into question the translation of the phrase in the KJV, “the kingdom of God is within you” (as if in some sort of mystical sense.)  So, commentaries now typically prefer something like, “the kingdom of God is among you” or “in your midst”.

But 70 years ago, C. H. Roberts pointed out that the expression (and variations of it) in papyri roughly contemporary with the NT writings more…

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The Book of Revelation: A Different Kind of “Apocalyptic” Text

New Testament scholar Dr. Larry Hurtado discusses some of the distinctives of the Book of Revelation

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Prompted by a recent guest lecture on the Book of Revelation given here, I pondered to myself again how unusual the book is. We (scholars) typically associate Revelation with a body of ancient texts that we classify as “apocalyptic” writings. But, actually, Revelation stands out in a number of interesting features that may signal something historically significant.

Typically, for example, “apocalyptic” texts are pseudonymous, fictively ascribed to some ancient figure such as Abraham, Moses, Enoch or Ezra. And typically, the texts pretend to be revelations given to such a figure about events that were “future” for him, but are actually recent/past events for the real readers.  Examples include the Apocalypse of Abraham, the Book of Jubilees, 4 Ezra, 1 Enoch, 2 Baruch, and a few others. But perhaps the most well-known example is the book of Daniel in the Old Testament, especially Daniel 7–12.

The intended message in these texts seems…

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