Is There Hope for Modernity? A Review of ‘Beyond the Modern Age’ by Bob Goudzwaard and Craig G. Bartholomew

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Western society is shot-through with paradoxes, argue Dutch economist Bob Goudzwaard and South African theologian Craig Bartholomew in Beyond the Modern Age: An Archaeology of Contemporary Culture (IVP Academic, 2017). We were promised that with great technological sophistication and the banishment a dark-age religious thinking, modern man could alleviate society’s problems. Such dreams, however, have proved to be little more than utopian delusion as the West finds itself well into its self-proclaimed “Modern Age.” Poverty rates have only increased, and technological innovation has only produced an unending cycle of insatiable demand and ceaseless labor. Even the paragons of modern economies are in no way impervious to collapse, and likewise the environment groans under the gears of modern industrialization. …Read More.

Craig Evans: How Long Were Late Antique Literary Manuscripts In Use?

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How long were manuscripts in use before being discarded? “This is a very important question,” says Dr. Craig Evans in a recent lecture at Southeastern Seminary, because it relates to the reliability of the Scriptures.

In this lecture,“How Long Were Late Antique Literary Manuscripts in Use?”,  Dr. Evans argues that manuscripts were used for much longer than scholars once thought. He discusses stratigraphy, longevity, the evidence of Oxyrhynchus and much more.

Dr. Evans is Distinguished Professor of Christian Origins at Houston Baptist University, and he presented a lecture as part of the 2018 Ph.D. Colloquium Series at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. …Read More.

Why Do We Go to Church?

Recently James K. A. Smith discussed the “good life” and the implication for Christian living at the Wisdom Forum. Halfway through this dialogue he made a striking comment,

People come to church and have no clue why. They sing a few songs, listen to a sermon, and go back to their lives without any change. The problem is that they have no understanding as to why they are doing what they are doing.

I am still chewing on these words, and I am overwhelmed for resolution.

If the common church attender comes to “worship” on Sunday but does not know why, then we have a problem. Why, then, should you go to church? To be more theologically accurate, why should you gather with the church — since the church is not the building down the street, but the group of believers?

How will we change this misconception of our time together? We have a purpose, not just as a body, but as individuals too. Do they know that? Now that I have a Master’s of Divinity in Christian Studies, you might assume that I have all the answers. However, I need to be reminded of why we gather as much as anyone. …Read More.

Does Luke Want All Christians to Be Poor? (Part 3)

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How Does Acts Intersect with Faith, Work, and Economics (FWE)?

Luke-Acts is a two-volume work showcasing the life, ministry, and resurrection of Christ (Luke), and spread of the gospel (Acts). In my last article, we looked at how FWE intersects with Luke’s Gospel. Today, let us look at how FWE intersects with the Acts of the Apostles.

Acts can be outlined by the geographic gospel progression given in Acts 1:8—that is, to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the earth. Acts contrasts Christ’s benevolent, salvific work with the malevolent, enslaving work of Satan, who tries to squash Christ’s global gospel mission. The cosmic battle prophesied in Genesis 3:15 anticipates the satanic opposition to Christ’s work in Acts. …Read More.