Peter J. Leithart is President of the Theopolis Institute, Birmingham, Alabama, and an adjunct Senior Fellow at New St. Andrews College. He is author, most recently, of Gratitude: An Intellectual History (Baylor).

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Not One and Many

From Leithart

Is the Trinity a solution to the “problem of the one and many”? I think not. It is less a solution than a subversion of the problem itself. In Trinitarian theology, “one” no longer means what “one” means in the traditional problem of the one and many. If it does . . . . Continue Reading »

Dynamic theism

From Leithart

Rhetorically, many of the recent attacks on “classical theism” gain a foothold by characterizing classical theism as presenting a Hellenistic, static, and immobile God very much at odds with the dynamic, very Live God of Scripture. It is time to challenge this rhetorical move, and . . . . Continue Reading »

Decline of war

From Leithart

Gregg Easterbrook, a regular source of counter-intuitive insight, summarizes recent studies that show a decade-long decline in war around the world (TNR, May 30): “Five years ago, two academics - Monty Marshall, research director at the Center for Global Policy at George Mason University, and . . . . Continue Reading »

Sermon outline, 2 Kings 2

From Leithart

INTRODUCTION Elisha has been introduced earlier as Elijah?s successor (1 Kings 19), one of Yahweh?s instruments of judgment against the house of Omri. As Joshua succeeded Moses, and as the Spirit working with the apostles succeeded Jesus, so Elisha carries on the work of Elijah. THE TEXT ?And it . . . . Continue Reading »

Translation, 2 Kings 2

From Leithart

And it was in Yahweh’s causing-to-ascend ‘Eliyyahu in a windstorm to the heavens. And walked ‘Eliyyahu and ‘Eliysha’ from the Gilgal. And said ‘Eliyyahu to ‘Eliysha’, “Dwell here please, for Yahweh sends me unto Beyt-‘El.” And said . . . . Continue Reading »

MLA

From Leithart

Joseph Epstein writing on the MLA in a recent issue of The Weekly Standard: “At these meetings, in and out the room the women come and go, speaking of fellatio . . . .” . . . . Continue Reading »

Baptismal meditation

From Leithart

Matthew 28:18-20: ?Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to observe all that I command you. And, behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.?E Today is Trinity Sunday, . . . . Continue Reading »

Eucharistic meditation

From Leithart

This builds on the thoughts in an earlier post entitled “Ups and Downs.” Elijah has power to ascend and descend. When Ahaziah sends his troops to capture Elijah, he is high up, exalted like Yahweh on a mountain. But He does come down to deliver a message, but only on his own terms and . . . . Continue Reading »

Exhortation, May 22

From Leithart

A week and a half ago, Newsweek published a story alleging that U.S. interrogators at Guantanamo Bay Naval Station, Cuba, desecrated the Koran by flushing pages down the toilet. The report touched off riots throughout the Middle East that killed 15 and left many injured. This past week, Newsweek . . . . Continue Reading »

Romans 9

From Leithart

Some of this repeats notes from last week, but then moves beyond. WHAT ABOUT ISRAEL? The ringing affirmations of chapter 8, that those who are in Christ cannot be lost to Christ leads directly into Paul?s discussion of Israel in chapter 9. He is not beginning a new topic. He has said that nothing . . . . Continue Reading »