Edward Irving on the Incarnation: Rediscovering the Fathers

As mentioned in the previous post, Edward Irving is one of those cited by Karl Barth has holding to the teaching that Christ assumed our fallen nature. I was first introduced to Irving’s thoughts on this in a lecture by Colin Gunton at Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary back around 1985. I recently read a very good…

Karl Barth on the Incarnation

Updated: I’ve just changed the timestamp on this post from September for the benefit of those who’ve only recently discovered the blog, as it is relevant to discussions at the recent QOD conference. Karl Barth has some interesting observations on the humanity of Christ in Church Dogmatics (I/2, pp. 153ff). …[T]here must be no weakening…

Various Teachings on Original Sin

Here’s some more context for a discussion about original sin. These are some statements from various Catholic and Protestant sources, and it is clear they use the term to mean different things. All are trying to speak of the consequences of Adam’s fall for his descendants, chief among which are mortality, weakness, and suffering. Some…

Is Dialogue Possible with Muslims?

Vatican official says no. Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran is the president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, and has made lots of Muslims upset. It is unfortunate. He should have been in my World Religions Class Monday night. We had a great dialogue with three Muslims. I had invited a former student of mine; one…