June 30, 2016

White Guilt Is False Guilt

Corporate repentance only makes sense if all the individuals in the group are actually guilty of the sin or sins in question. When denominations like the PCA and the SBC apologize for the racist actions of their long-dead forebears, it strikes me as nothing more than an exercise in self righteous virtue signaling.

I'm not sorry about slavery because I wasn't a slave holder. Don't expect an apology. Who would I even apologize to, anyway? All the former slaves are long dead as well. 

Institutional racism is a myth. Institutions are not moral agents. Institutions don't sin. It's the people within the institution who are guilty of sin, and those individuals must answer to God for their own sin

And don't expect an apology for the mistreatment of homosexuals either. I've never done that either. 

June 28, 2016

Another Name Change

The last name didn't sound quite right to my ears, so I changed it. I reserve the right to continue renaming the blog until I'm completely satisfied. Sorry for any confusion.

June 26, 2016

Debunking the Patriarchy

Feminists claim that straight white men run the world. Government, industry, entertainment, etc. are all controlled by heterosexual white males. 

Nope. Not true. Speaking as a straight white male, I can tell you that there are plenty of us with very limited spheres of influence. It doesn't follow that just because so many captains of industry and heads of state happen to be straight white guys that the rest of us are somehow in on it. Straight white men as a group are not involved in some sort of grand conspiracy to keep down women and minorities. I demand to be treated as an individual rather than be mistreated solely because I happen to belong to a minorty (yes, men are a minority, strictly speaking, since women make up a slightly higher percentage of the population). 

June 25, 2016

I Believe in Religious Liberty

Like most Baptists, I believe in religious liberty. In fact, as a Rothbardian libertarian, I go even further than most because I understand religious liberty to be a subset of a much greater principle of liberty called the non-aggression principle.

However, I'm not going to lift a finger to help Muslims build mosques. The fact that I believe they have a right to build their houses of false worship doesn't mean it's incumbent upon me to help them do so. There are better ways to fight for liberty, ways that don't conflict with the Great Commission. 

June 24, 2016

First Brexit, Then Texit?

As a libertarian, the only thing I find more troubling than nationalism is globalism, so I believe the British exit from the EU (which will almost certainly result in the complete dissolution of the EU) is a good thing. Smaller governments are better than bigger ones, so I'm all for secession and decentralization. Let's hope Texas stops playing around and follows the British example. And someday, Lord willing, maybe my own home state of Mississippi will finally tell the Feds to take a hike as well. 

June 23, 2016

More on the Trinity Debate

Over at Triablogue, Steve Hays lumped in Sam Waldron (the systematic theology professor of yours truly) with the Trueman/Golligher faction in the current dust-up over the Trinity (link). This confused me, since I remembered Dr. Waldron's comments on this issue from his Systematic Theology Overview lectures. I don't have a transcript in front of me, but, if memory serves me, he said basically the same thing in class that he writes in this blog post

In response to those who have "expressed fear that those who defend the eternal functional subordination of the Son are opening a path to Arianism for their spiritual descendants," Waldron says:
this . . . confuses two very different kinds of subordination. To put this another way, those who foster this rumor assume that there are only two kinds of subordination discussed in relation to the Trinity, when actually there are three. All Christians . . . believe that there is subordination in the economy of redemption. We may call this economic subordination. Their mistake is that they think there is only one other kind of subordination—subordination of essence or essential subordination. While they correctly see this kind of subordination to be wrong and false, they do not realize that this is not the kind of subordination implied in the Nicene Creed. The Nicene Creed actually teaches a third kind of subordination. It is neither economic nor essential subordination. It is the subordination of the persons of the Son and Spirit to the Father. Since the Greek word used to describe a real, personal distinction in the Trinity is hypostasis, we may call this personal or hypostatic subordination. . . . Furthermore, since this distinction between essence and person is vital to the Trinity, there should be no logical problem for any Trinitarian in denying a subordination of essence while affirming a subordination of person. It is a subordination of person and not essence that the modern defenders of the eternal functional subordination of the Son (like Bruce Ware, Wayne Grudem, and John Piper) intend to teach. They are emphatically not guilty of the Subordinationism of Justin Martyr and Origen.
Seems like Dr. Waldron is (on this point at least) on Team Grudem/Ware. Unless Dr. Waldron has recently retracted or somehow clarified his earlier statements, Steve Hays has misrepresented him.*


*It wouldn't be the first time. When Reformed Baptists were debating the merits of John Frame's theology a year or two ago, Hays lumped Waldron in with the anti-Frame bunch. What Hays doesn't realize is that Dr. Waldron regularly quotes Frame approvingly and even assigns several of his texts. He differs from Frame on occasion but he certainly shouldn't be lumped in with Tom Chantry and the rest of the anti-Frame crowd.

June 21, 2016

Welcome to "The Calvinistic Capitalist"

I decided to rename the blog to better reflect its content. When I initially started the blog back in late 2012, I intended to write almost exclusively about theology and church issues, but, as anyone who's been reading the blog over the last year can tell, my interests in libertarian politics and free-market economics have played an increasingly large role in shaping the direction of the blog formerly known as Faith Seeking Understanding. I'll probably update the links, reading lists, etc. to better reflect the new direction as well.


June 20, 2016

Grudem Lays the Smack Down on Trueman and Goligher

Wayne Grudem has responded to recent accusations that his teaching on the Trinity (a view shared by dozens of other respected theologians throughout the history of the church) is heretical. Read Grudem's response here.

And, in case you were wondering, I'm on Team Grudem.

June 10, 2016

Presidential Propaganda

When many Americans learn about the nonsense that some foreigners believe about their leaders/history (e.g. Japanese holocaust deniers or North Koreans who believe their leader is a demigod) they wonder "How could anyone believe that?"

Pot, meet kettle (link).

June 09, 2016

Tattoos: Yay or Nay?

This article by Doug Wilson really didn't sit well with me, so I'm glad Joel McDurmon took the time to respond to it (link).

For the record, I don't have any tattoos (and I actually find them quite distasteful, though not sinful), so I have no skin in this game. (See what I did there?). 


June 01, 2016

Pentecostal Paganism

While there are many orthodox, Bible- believing Christians within the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement, the movement seems increasingly defined by elements that can hardly be considered "Christian" (at least not in any meaningful sense of the term).

Two recent examples:


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