Friday, April 1, 2011

March 2011 E-Block

Up for this month's issue:

Popular Preachers Past, Part 3: A. W. Tozer's Devotional Dozers -- the next in my series on popular Bible teachers. The big surprise was how little Scripture Tozer actually uses -- and how much less exegesis. I suppose if you're looking for encouragement he's OK -- just watch out for the occasional anti-intellectual sentiment.

Ghosts of End Times Present, Part 7: The Old Camping Grounds -- Harold Camping is the subject -- he who thinks the world will end in May. Turns out most of his thick books on this aren't even about eschatology but about a contrived mathematical system he has for calculating significant Bible dates. And -- he was predicting something significant for 2011 even back in the 1990s, so in a way, his current activities are no surprise.

The Slave Chains, Part 2 --- The second of a series on pro- and anti-slavery literature of America. This time I have a look at the pro-slavery arguments of John Hopkins, a leading supporter of slavery in the 1800s. His Biblical arguments for slavery range from dishonest to...well...pathetic.

Sliding the Hyper-Slippy-Slope -- On the threat of the "slippery slope" in exegesis. Some folks object when we contextualize the Bible, claiming it will leads to excesses in interpretation. What they fail to ask is whether or not we should "slide" the slope in the first place.

God's Prime Directive -- A revised version of an older article, redone for presentation at the ISCA conference in Raleigh later this month. In it, I look at how even the humanist show Star Trek agreed that having great power -- or even omniscience -- was not a license to interfere in bad situations.

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  1. I have noticed a few of Tozer's anti-intellecual comments in his works. He is known to be a bit of a mystic, stressing worship, prayer and devotion, in the supremacy of Christ of course. Although his doctrine is fairly straight, I don't believe he attended seminary. As with many who have been set ablaze by God, he believed in opening up the Word and letting it roar (as Spurgeon was also inclined to think).

  2. Yes, I did note in bio information that he had no formal theological education. He did fairly well for that level even so.