But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 09:52

Answers to Questions—2/10/2017-12/10/2017

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Here are some of my answers to questions from the last week or so on Curious Cat.

Do you think Jesus cleansed the temple twice? [Answer]

What role does logic play in developing theology? … [Answer] [Follow-up]

When is it a good time to update/abandon/move on from a theological term because it...

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 09:51

Video: What is Masculinity?

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I have a new video following on from my earlier video on The Challenges of Gender in the 21st Century. Within it, I offer some prefatory remarks on the subject of masculinity.

Authors: Alastair Roberts...

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image On this week’s episode of Mere Fidelity, Derek and I were joined by John Hobbins and Samuel Bray, who have just produced a ‘new old translation’ of Genesis 1-11. The translation itself is great, but the notes and commentary upon it provide a wonderful window into a world of...

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Monday, 02 October 2017 09:43

The Politics of the Vineyard of Israel

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image I have just posted a reflection on Isaiah 5, Psalm 80, and Matthew 21 over on Political Theology Today. Within it I explore the significance of the prophetic vine parables and the vantage point that they can provide us upon our own nations:

As the vast drama of the nation of Israel is allegorized...

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Sunday, 01 October 2017 22:03

Hugh Hefner and the Logic of Porn

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image I’ve just written a piece for the Calvinist International on the subject of Hugh Hefner and the logic of porn. Within it I argue, along with a 2003 piece by Read Mercer Schuchardt, that porn leads to the feminization of men, the masculinization of women, and the homosexualization of sex. I...

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Saturday, 30 September 2017 10:29

Yet More Answers to Questions

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Even more answers from my Curious Cat account:

How would you describe your theological method, in terms of moving from text to theology? [Answer]

The first thing called holy in the Bible is neither a person nor a place, but a unit of time–the seventh day. Is there any significance to this? Do...

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This is the first of twelve videos in which I discuss various cultural and theological subjects with Brad Belschner. Within this video we discuss the challenges of gender in the 21st century. Visit the Davenant Institute’s site to find out more about their work, to watch more videos like...

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Friday, 22 September 2017 07:04

More Answers to Questions

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Since my last post linking to some of them, I have answered hundreds of further questions on my Curious Cat account. Here are some more:

How do you feel about utilizing term “gospel-centered” as an adjective (gospel-centered marriage, life, church, parenting, sex, finances, etc.)?...

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 00:39

Podcast: The Value of Controversy

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I join Derek and Matt for the latest Mere Fidelity episode, on the subject of the value of controversy. We discuss whether controversy is worthwhile and how to go about it well.

You can also follow the podcast on iTunes, or using this RSS feed. Listen to past episodes on Soundcloud&nbs...

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A new book edited by Collin Hansen on the tenth anniversary of Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age has just been released by the Gospel Coalition. There are a number of thoughtful and stimulating essays within the volume, which would be very rewarding of your attention, even if you haven’t...

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 09:06

People of the Promise Released!

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People of the Promise, in which I have an essay, has just been released by Davenant Retrievals. You really ought to buy a copy for everyone you know, because, whoever they are, they could probably benefit from thinking more about ecclesiology!

A number of smart people have already said nice things...

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Sunday, 10 September 2017 10:02

Answers to Unusual Questions

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Over the last few days, I have answered about a couple of hundred questions on Curious Cat, on a host of different topics. I’ve particularly tried to answer questions on various issues that are taboo or difficult to discuss in many fora, especially on the subject of sex and race. I’ve...

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I’m rather excited to share this interview with a ground-breaking scholar who has long been an inspiration to me, and one of the most influential figures in my own theological development: Richard B. Hays. I reviewed his recent book, Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels, a few months back. He...

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Tuesday, 05 September 2017 10:04

Ask Me Anything

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I have a Curious Cat account.

Ask me anything.

Today I answered 42 questions, but will generally limit myself to no more than five a day from now on.

Authors: Alastair Roberts...

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Monday, 04 September 2017 23:24

Podcast: Orthodoxy and Ethics

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Mere Fidelity is back after a long summer break, with an episode on the subject of orthodoxy and ethics. We discuss the recent debates about the relationship between orthodoxy and sexual ethics and then talk briefly about the Nashville Statement.

You can also follow the podcast on iTunes, or...

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Sunday, 03 September 2017 23:56

The Politics of the Watchman

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I have posted a reflection on Ezekiel 33:7-11 over on the Political Theology Today blog:

In a society despairing of hope of change, the watchman alerts people to the remaining yet shrinking windows of opportunity and the fact that, even still, the lifeline of God’s grace is extended to us. In...

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Friday, 01 September 2017 07:15

On the Nashville Statement and My Signing of It

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I’ve posted some thoughts here.

The Nashville Statement is a reassertion and defence of the creational reality of humanity, of the basic anthropological difference: that humanity is created and divinely blessed with fruitfulness as male and female. It is this reality that is under assault...

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Sunday, 27 August 2017 08:11

Responsible Engagement in a Reactive Age

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Over a week ago,I tweeted on acting and thinking well in a fraught political context. Twitter is a limiting medium for extended trains of thought, so, in response to a request and for the sake of a broader readership, I thought I’d gather together and...

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Friday, 04 August 2017 17:31

A Remark on Creedally-Defined Orthodoxy

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The question of the definition of orthodoxy has been a live one, since James K.A. Smith posted on the subject in relation to debates surrounding sexuality. The following is a remark on the question of ‘orthodoxy’ as defined creedally.

For Smith’s argument, which presents the...

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Monday, 24 July 2017 04:18

The Politics of Solomon’s Dream

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I’ve just guest posted a political reflection on 1 Kings 3:5-12 and the story of Solomon’s dream over on Political Theology Today.

While the Law enables the priest to perform his duties faithfully, it is Wisdom that equips the king to acquit the responsibilities of his office justly....

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The Davenant Institute (the name has just been changed from the Davenant Trust) has a forthcoming book on the subject of Protestant ecclesiology, to which I have contributed an article on the ecclesiology of Pentecost. There are several other superb essays within it that are really worth a read.

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Sunday, 04 June 2017 23:45

The Politics of Man’s Exaltation

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I’ve just guest-posted over on Political Theology Today.

This psalm presents us with an embryonic account of human rule in the creation. Although the dominion of humanity is central to the psalm, it is situated within and established upon the sovereignty of YHWH. Human dominion is one of the...

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image My review of Ashley McGuire’s recent book, Sex Scandal: The Drive to Abolish Male and Female, has just been published over on The Gospel Coalition website.

McGuire explores numerous fronts of the current assault on the reality of sexual difference: children’s toys and education,...

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Sunday, 14 May 2017 11:20

The Revolutionary Work of Motherhood

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image Motherhood and the work of homemaking are accorded considerable sentimental value within Western culture. Every year on Mother’s Day—the second Sunday in May in the US or the fourth Sunday of Lent in the UK—the praises of mothers and their untiring and selfless work for their...

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