Non-Persons Yesterday and Today

From First Thoughts

The other day at Thinking Christian I put forth the question, Can you identify the context of this passage? To have a persona [to be a person] was to have a face before the law—which is to say, to be recognized as one possessing rights and privileges before a court, or as being able to give . . . . Continue Reading »

A Secular Sort of Dominionism

From First Thoughts

A Liberal Idea of Civility A commenter who goes by “Remember Rollen” had this to say in the discussion on Hunter Baker’s article on dominionism:If a “gay rights” law touching basic matters of justice cannot be justified in terms we can reasonably expect others to . . . . Continue Reading »

A Friend’s Tribute to John Stott

From First Thoughts

A good friend of mine wrote today of John Stott’s profound impact on her life: A good friend [not me—Tom] introduced me to his book, “The Cross of Christ”. I read it, begrudgingly. I didn’t want the things that Stott wrote about, to be truth. For if things that Stott . . . . Continue Reading »

Gnosticism in the Camp(ing)

From First Thoughts

Arguably the second oldest and most persistent Christian heresy is gnosticism (the first is legalism). Early forms of it were condemned in Colossians and possibly other Pauline letters, and also in 1 John. Gnosticism splits the “spiritual” world from the visible material world, saying . . . . Continue Reading »