Category Archives: Bible

Reading Scripture as non-Scripture: Sola Scriptura and the Hermeneutics of Historical Artifact

“By what right do you claim the Bible for your church and exclude mine?” Let me come clean right from the start. I believe that the Holy Orthodox Church is the Church founded by Jesus Christ and his Apostles. I … Continue reading

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Pontifications, Bible Reading, and Stanley Hauerwas

I did some Google-searching last night. I wanted to see if I could find somewhere a reference to when I first started my long-defunct blog Pontifications. I think it was sometime in 2003 but the Wayback Machine could only show … Continue reading

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How to Read the Bible from a Universalist Perspective

by Thomas Talbott, Ph.D. Introduction I begin with a confession. For I must confess here at the outset that I am now utterly confident in the exegetical case for a universalist reading of the Bible as a whole, and I … Continue reading

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Sometimes Eternity Ain’t Forever: Aiónios and the Universalist Hope

When discussing the question of eschatological judgment, defenders of traditional doctrine immediately appeal to our Lord’s teaching on hell. It is simply obvious that Jesus taught the eternal damnation of the reprobate. Certainly that is how almost all the English … Continue reading

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Fr John Behr on the Passion of Jesus as the Key to Reading Scripture

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Reading the Bible Properly: John Behr, Stanley Hauerwas, and the Historical-Critical Method

How was it that the disciples came to know Jesus as Lord and Son of God? They did not acquire this knowledge by merely accompanying him on his travels around Galilee—the gospels make this point clearly enough. Nor did they come … Continue reading

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The Morning After: A Dialogue Between Judas Iscariot and Jesus of Nazareth

by Ray S. Anderson Why have you come to torment me? Aren’t you satisfied that I perished from this earth by my own hands? Leave me alone, Jesus of Nazareth. Let me go to the hell I deserve! I betrayed … Continue reading

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