10 November 2011

Daily Morsels-November 10, 2011

Many Calvinists Make Bad Calvinists--I agree heartily with Michael Patton on this one. He points out what lousy Calvinists many Calvinists make. It is no wonder that people reject the doctrines of grace when they run up against ungracious Calvinists.  No matter your position, try to practice humility and grace toward others.

Are Relativists Allowed Outrage?--Travis Else writes a wonderful piece here that stands out amidst the many recent posts about Penn State University and Joe Paterno. I think he hits on an angle I have not seen thus far--the moral outrage that has been expressed. He rightly asks, "why the indignation? Relativism is the belief that any truth, moral, or aesthetic value is not universal or absolute, but varies by individuals and cultures. What makes Sandusky's action and the administration's failure to act reprehensible to the degree that Paterno has been fired (not on legal grounds, but because he failed to fulfill his moral obligations)? What obligations? What morals? Outrage! Outrage! Outrage! Are relativists (i.e. the media) allowed outrage?"  If relativism is true, if evolution is true, nothing that Sandusky, Penn State, or JoPa did is objectively wrong and there are no moral grounds on which to complain.  

Unity with Theology--Tim Challies has a good post about the importance of unity, but cautions that we should not abandon central tenets of theology. "The teaching ministry, carried on today by the pastors of local churches, is a ministry of unity (as if the pastoral ministry was not already difficult enough!). Pastors are to teach their people sound doctrine which in turn will inspire unity among true believers. The solid foundation of sound doctrine will prevent people from being tossed to and fro and being carried about by every wind of doctrine. It is a lack of doctrine that promotes false unity and a strong, biblical theology that promotes true unity."

Wallace vs. Ehrman--Michael Patton shares an excellent summary of a recent debate between Dan Wallace and Bart Ehrman on the topic of "Can we recover the original text?" Wallace apparently did very well in the debate, which is available for purchase.  He made the following points: 1) the New Testament has vastly more manuscripts than any other ancient author, 2) the New Testament has far more manuscripts in the early centuries than any other ancient author, 3) there are two attitudes that rational people will avoid: absolute certainty and radical skepticism [Ehrman fits the latter], 4) New Testament copying was not like the telephone game, 5) the Alexandrian family had roots that almost surely went back to the first decades of the second century, and 6) Wallace argued that if Ehrman's argument was correct, it would refute the nature of all of his recent books.

Hot Wires--Interesting clip here on how men today are in hot pursuit of arousal, which has had a significant, negative effect upon relationships.

People of the Second Chance--This is a very moving video. (HT: Challies)

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