Author Archives: Brandon Hester

Eschatological Pantheism VI January 21

Eschatological Pantheism VI

I am revisiting this series as I did not provide a final post last semester. See previous posts to catch up on the train of thought. The objective is to provide a biblical explanation of how Christian doctrine may possess similarities with some major themes of pantheistic thought. I focused on our eschatology in order […]

400 January 02

Where Do We Begin?

One of the basic rules of hermeneutics is that the genre of literature determines how one interprets. The Bible utilizes various genres such as: narrative, poetry, didactic, prophetic, apocalyptic, etc. Often times, a genre exists within a genre (e.g. a parable within the historical narrative of the gospels). Rarely does a book of the Bible […]

wine-glass-shatter-04 October 28

Euthyphro’s Dilemma: A Historical Approach

Is something moral because God says that it is, or does God say that something is moral because it is? This is a common objection to Theism. If something is moral because God says that it is, then morality is arbitrary. If God says that something is moral because it is, then morality is autonomous […]

815 October 07

Devotion to the Author

The following is a fictional dialogue between an engaged couple, Bill & Ashley following a distressing email: Bill, I have a lot on my mind lately and I really feel like I need to talk to you about it. The property manager of the venue called today and she said that there are complications with […]

24 September 30

Echatological Pantheism V: All in All

The last post discussed the universal effect of God’s work of glorification. All of creation will eventually be redeemed and brought into union with the Divine. This post will look at the culmination of that union. In order to do so we will revisit the crucial 1 Cor. 15 chapter. Paul includes a very odd […]

603 September 20

A Critical Bashing of Open Theism

Open Theism (OT) is the belief that God does not have an exhaustive knowledge of future events. The argument goes something like this: -     1. God does not know things that do not exist. -     2. Future events do not exist because they have not occurred. -     3. Therefore, God does not know future events. […]

601 September 14

Eschatological Pantheism IV: Creation Groans

“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, […]

807 September 06

Eschatological Pantheism III: Glorified Bodies

“The New Being is the reestablished unity between God and man. We replace the inadequate concept “divine nature” by the concepts “eternal God-man-unity” or “Eternal God-Manhood.”” -Paul Tillich Part 1 of this series provided a brief explanation of Pantheism and it’s presence in western thought along with the suggestion that a more effective response from […]

113 July 08

Eschatological Pantheism II: In Christ

“Your soul has a curious shape because it is hollow made to fit a particular swelling in the infinite contours of the Divine substance, or a key to unlock one of the doors in the house with many mansions.” -C.S. Lewis When I was in youth group, I remember singing a song by Audio Adrenaline […]

101 June 21

Eschatological Pantheism I: Introduction

Christianity has thrived in the West. At times and even now, it has made headway into the East. Similarly, pantheistic philosophies & religions, which originated in the East, have established a prevalent presence in the West. I used to not give Pantheism much thought. I simply dismissed it as irrational, unintelligible, and a completely separate […]

774 June 17

Total Depravity & Homosexual Orientation

I was wondering when someone would break the ice on this blog concerning the homosexuality topic. Thank you Esther Moore for finally getting the ball rolling. I would like to contribute to the dialogue by focusing on a certain aspect of the debate. George Wood raised this question in his post, “whether same-sex sexual orientation […]

205 May 02

Thursday Book Review: The Shack

I like the Shack. I really like the Shack. I love much of what the book claims, but these claims are not actually what they attempt to be. Let me explain what I mean. The Shack tells a story (apparently an actual account) about a man (Mack) who suffers an incredible tragedy that leads to […]

1122 February 07

The Moral Argument Reconsidered

Let me be clear, I am a theist. I believe in the existence of universal morality. I believe that morality is based upon the character & nature of God and that the scriptures contain an expression of it. One of my reasons for theism has always been my belief in Moral Law, and as such, […]

88855 January 24

Where Have All the Philosophers Gone?

Recently I read a comment on Facebook asking, “Why doesn’t anyone quote textbooks on Ontology anymore?” (That guy needs to be apart of our blog.) This seemed like an odd question to me. Isn’t the answer obvious? No one quotes textbooks on Ontology anymore because no one reads textbooks on Ontology anymore. Allow me to […]

5006 January 17

America is not Israel

Read my first post on this issue here. My first blog entry was titled, “The Church is Israel.” In that entry I tried to argue that God has ONE covenant community. These are His chosen people, the apple of His eye, and there is no other body of individuals that rivals them. However, it seems […]

9005 January 11

Deity, Fasting, and the Anointing

I don’t plan on contributing entries this frequently, and I plan to resume the Israel topic on my next entry, but I attended a church service this weekend that provoked me to share. An evangelist (unnamed) was speaking on the anointing, and he related it to Jesus’ ministry while here on earth. His intention was […]

israel January 08

The Church is Israel

The two leading schools of thought concerning Israel and their relation to the Church are Dispensational Theology and Replacement Theology. Dispensational Theology sees Israel and the Church as two separate entities. Replacement Theology teaches that the Church has replaced Israel. I take an alternate view that I believe to fall somewhere in between these two […]

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