Author Archives: ryanrago

25 September 17

The God of Eternity

*This post was adapted from an essay that I had written a few years ago. I apologize for how rigid and formulaic it is; it was originally written for a logic professor…. Introduction Recently, due mostly to the growing popularity and acceptance of Open Theism in many theological and philosophical circles, there has been a […]

17 May 29

A Critical Evaluation of Process Theodicy

It is hard to ignore all of the evil in our world. Even the most unyielding optimist must recognize the inconvenient and uncomfortable truths that pervade human existence, like the truths of cancer, a miscarriage, or the death of a loved one. There is no doubt that the reality of pain and suffering confront us […]

8855 April 11

Augustine’s Confessions: A Theological Dialogue PART III

There are many topics covered in the second half of Augustine’s Confessions that are worthy of consideration. For instance, in this portion of the book, Augustine basically devotes two large sections to discussions of human memory and God’s relationship to time respectively. When talking about memory, Augustine’s Platonic tendencies clearly reveal themselves. He speaks about […]

99666 April 04

Augustine’s Confessions: A Theological Dialogue PART II

The first half of Augustine’s Confessions is basically dominated by autobiographical content. Augustine is simply telling his personal story in a prayerful, doxological manner. For Augustine, this involves confession; recalling his personal history before God inevitably involves confessing his past sins. In the midst of Augustine’s prayerful recollection of his life journey, I have selected […]

05663 March 26

Augustine’s Confessions: A Theological Dialogue

Augustine’s Confessions has long been considered one of the great Christian classics. One of the things that has set it apart from other classical pieces of literature, and thus has allowed it to stand the test of time, is its universality. It is a work that possesses universal appeal, a work that transcends time, culture, […]

125 March 22

Atonement and Theological Method

Show me your theological method, and I will show you your view of the atonement. Show me that element, that aspect, of your methodology that is the most important to you, that thing that speaks the loudest, that standard by which everything else is measured–and I will tell you which model of the atonement you […]

1014 March 04

Maybe It Is Time to Reframe the Question: Are Science and Naturalism Compatible?

Over the last few centuries, there has been a steady but growing consensus amongst intellectuals that religion and science are simply incompatible with one another. This incompatibility is often interpreted as being built into the very natures of both systems. In other words, it is thought that the various predicates of religion are intrinsically opposed […]

304 February 15

A Healthy Alternative to the Privatization of Religion; A Theology of Political Engagement

In contemporary American society, the relationship between religion (in this case, Christian religion) and civil government is one defined by privatization. The noble and well-intended concept of the separation of church and state has devolved into the strict bifurcation of the sacred and the secular, the invisible and the visible, the subjective elements of human […]

1007 January 15

Lessons Learned from the Galileo Affair: All Truth is God’s Truth

Many contemporary historians working within the parameters of science and theology alike have drawn meaningful connections between the historical Galileo Affair and the modern debate over evolution-creation. The remarkable continuity between these two notorious conflicts is significant because it enables the contemporary church to learn from past mistakes. This is the importance of history in […]

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