Mid-way through: Reflections on Edinburgh

I am now in the middle of my second year in the PhD program at the University of Edinburgh, and it seems appropriate to reflect on my time here thus far. As I write, I am reminded that undertaking this track in my life is a gift, a calling, a privilege, and a blessing. Currently […]

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Theology, Christian Worldview, and the Seminary

This is a follow-up on Nathaniel Gray Sutanto’s recent post, “Theology, Sphere Sovereignty, and the University.” I completely agree with Sutanto’s view, developed from Schleiermacher and Bavinck, that “the Church needs specialists who would research, investigate, and analyze the ‘essence’ of Christianity in a conducive, scientific (wissenschaftliche) sense,” and that “theology’s role in the university… is […]

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What is Religion? 5 Views

What is religion? What does it consist in? How does one know that one is religious? What is religion for? There seems to be 5 operative definitions of religion in contemporary culture: 1) Religion as Therapeutic 2) Religion as Moral Education 3) Religion as a Family Tradition 4) Religion as a Business Exchange 5) Religion […]

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Chinese-Indonesian Racism

In every culture there are significant blind spots – accepted cultural norms that are actually contrary to Scriptural teaching but are so embedded in our daily lives that we cannot see them. In the context of the Chinese-Indonesian Church, for example, sins of a more external character often get the bulk of the attention from […]

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When Academics are Expected to Act Like Businessmen

In Jakarta I keep hearing stories of professors being “disciplined” (or, in the worse cases, perhaps fired) for being too bookish – there seems to be an operative assumption that when a professor is deep in academic texts and writing essays he isn’t being properly professional. In one case a professor is encouraged to get […]

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Two New Articles: Theology and Philosophy, and Confucianism

Two pieces of mine were recently published on two different websites. The first is on the relationship between theology and philosophy, for Reformed Forum.  This piece should be self-explanatory. I presented three views on the issue. The first takes theology and philosophy to be two independent disciplines, but theology should attach itself to one particular philosophy. […]

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Is Post-Modernism the Villain?

When I was an undergraduate, I took a course in Modern philosophy in which the professor opened up the class by asking the question: most evangelical Christians seem to think that post-modernism is really something to be avoided – but if post-modernism is rejected, was the modernism that it responded to really all that better? […]

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Books I Read (Spring 2015)

I thought it would be useful to write down the books I have read (or am reading) every few months or so – if anything for me to keep a record for myself (and for the guys at home who wonder what I’m doing day to day). I won’t include in these lists any books […]

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