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Article | Miscellaneous | Melinda Penner | April 29, 2013

The Trinity: Unique, Yet Rational

Is the doctrine of the Trinity an irrational idea? Does it discredit Christianity?

Article | Philosophy | Melinda Penner | April 24, 2013

Are Jesus' Two Natures Compatible?

Are Jesus' human and divine natures compatible? Is this an impossibility that makes Christianity irrational?

Article | Philosophy | Melinda Penner | April 24, 2013

Philosophical Theology: Christology

What are a nature and a person? Is it possible for one person to have more than one nature? How can three persons of the Trinity be individuated in one substance? Can the divine and the human co-exist in one individual?

Article | Theology | Melinda Penner | April 5, 2013

The Doctrine of the Trinity at Nicaea and Chalcedon

An in-depth look on how the early church took both the Bible and rationality seriously and used the Bible as the authority and source of doctrine in working out the details of the doctrines of the Trinity.  Introduction

Article | Theology | Melinda Penner | April 5, 2013

End of Life Ethics: A Primer

Would You Want to Live that Way? That’s the challenge I've heard a number of times from advocates of starving Terri Schiavo to death. It usually comes in the conversation when what they’ve offered so far in the way of justification has been refuted. It’s a rejoinder of last resort, but since it’s offered purportedly as an argument, let me take it seriously. Would you want to live that way? No. But what follows from that?

Article | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | March 26, 2013

I’m an Ancient Christian

As I continue to read and learn about the Emerging Church, there’s a question that keeps running through my mind:  Why do I have to reject classical Christianity to embrace more significant worship, a more authentic Christian life, and a deeper relationship with God? The church has practiced these things for 2000  years.

Article | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | March 22, 2013

A Review of The Shack by William P. Young

You’re going to be surprised.  I was.  I liked it.  It does reveal some things about God well and things I’ve never really seen attempted in literature before. You’re not going to be surprised.  I wasn’t.  I didn’t like it.  I have some serious concerns about it. I can’t recommend it.  I can’t condemn it.

Article | Theology | Melinda Penner | March 22, 2013

The Pluralist Objection by Hick

John Hick takes a realist approach about the world to the question of pluralism in his article "Religious Pluralism and Salvation."[1] All religions are responses to an objective Reality, not merely human activity. Both the differences and similarities in religion motivate Hick. He understands the differences to be irresolvable, none being a superior expression of the ultimate truth of the Divine. Yet he perceives a common thread throughout all religions: the central concern being moral transformation and realignment with the Divine.

Article | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | February 28, 2013

Christianity and Naturalism

James Sire describes naturalists as monistic materialists who deny the existence of immaterial entities and their ability to act in this world.[1] Though naturalism can be characterized in broader term, which I will address briefly later in this paper, Sire's characterization is really of materialism. Ontological or metaphysical naturalism is defined in The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy as the view that everything is composed of natural entities constructed of properties as the sciences allow.

Article | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | February 28, 2013