August 5, 2020

David Bentley Hart: 4 Meditations on Apostastasis (3) — What do the scriptures say?

David Bentley Hart: 4 Meditations on Apokatastasis 3: What do the scriptures say? David Bentley Hart’s book, That All Shall Be Saved: Heaven, Hell, and Universal Salvation, sets forth a powerful, passionate argument against the traditional Christian doctrine of eternal conscious punishment — that sinners wind up forever in hell — and for the belief […]

David Bentley Hart: 4 Meditations on Apostastasis (2) — In the end of all things is their beginning

David Bentley Hart: 4 Meditations on Apokatastasis 2: In the end of all things is their beginning David Bentley Hart’s book, That All Shall Be Saved: Heaven, Hell, and Universal Salvation, sets forth a powerful, passionate argument against the traditional Christian doctrine of eternal conscious punishment — that sinners wind up forever in hell — […]

David Bentley Hart: 4 Meditations on Apokatastasis (1) — Introduction

David Bentley Hart: 4 Meditations on Apokatastasis 1: Introduction David Bentley Hart’s book, That All Shall Be Saved: Heaven, Hell, and Universal Salvation, sets forth a powerful, passionate argument against the traditional Christian doctrine of eternal conscious punishment — that sinners wind up forever in hell — and for the belief that all shall be […]

Sunday with Michael Spencer: How J.I. Packer influenced Michael’s spiritual journey

Note from CM: In tribute to J.I. Packer, who died last week, we present this post from Michael Spencer about his spiritual journey, and how Packer’s book Knowing God played a pivotal role. • • • Sunday with Michael Spencer From “Jesus, the Glory of the Christian Journey” (2009) I can’t speak for anyone else, […]

Mercy not Sacrifice (5): Redemptive Hospitality

Mercy not Sacrifice (5): Redemptive Hospitality We are thinking through Richard Beck’s illuminating book, Unclean: Meditations on Purity, Hospitality, and Mortality. So far, we’ve talked about disgust psychology, contagion logic, sociomoral disgust, and contempt. Beck’s goal is to help us understand the impulses we have that move us to reject or accept, to see as […]

Wendell Berry: To care for what we know

• • • To care for what we know requires care for what we don’t, the world’s lives dark in the soil, dark in the dark. Forbearance is the first care we give to what we do not know. We live by lives we don’t intend, lives that exceed our thoughts and needs, outlast our […]

Mercy not Sacrifice (4): The Act that Counters Contempt

Mercy not Sacrifice (4): The Act that Counters Contempt We are thinking through Richard Beck’s illuminating book, Unclean: Meditations on Purity, Hospitality, and Mortality. In our first post, we introduced his suggestion that disgust psychology can help explain the ways we view and treat other people. Do we view them through the lens of sacrifice […]

Mercy not Sacrifice (3): Of naked savages and crucified thieves

We are thinking through Richard Beck’s illuminating book, Unclean: Meditations on Purity, Hospitality, and Mortality. In our first post, we introduced his suggestion that disgust psychology can help explain the ways we view and treat other people. Do we view them through the lens of sacrifice — that is, with a purity filter that sets […]

Mercy not Sacrifice (2): How do we view the “unclean”?

We are thinking through Richard Beck’s illuminating book, Unclean: Meditations on Purity, Hospitality, and Mortality. In our first post, we introduced his suggestion that disgust psychology can help explain the ways we view and treat other people. Beck’s focus in this study will be on the church, and answers to questions like: Why do churches, […]

Mercy not Sacrifice (part 1)

One of the most important and influential books I have read in the last decade is Richard Beck’s Unclean: Meditations on Purity, Hospitality, and Mortality. Along with Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion, Beck’s book pulls back the curtain on some fundamental reasons why we think and […]