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It seems to me, based on personal observation…

…that David Bentley Hart is a crank. A well-read crank, but one nevertheless. YMMV.

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9 August 2018 at 1:28 pm

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The Language Gives It Away

Look at the language used by those on the way to swimming the Bosphorus, or, sometimes, the Tiber: very often their language grows ever-more pretentious, and their constant enthusing over the smallest, silliest detail of their newfound love is enough to give the reader a toothache.

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21 March 2018 at 4:10 pm

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Allergic to the Word of God

Look over the history of the Church: when a teacher within the Church, such as Luther, is flatly rejected by many of their peers, it is almost always for one of two reasons. The first is that there are those who are plainly not teaching in line with Scripture; so much so, it must be said, that it cannot be denied or retconned into believability, and they are ruled right out. The second is that there are those — again, to use Luther as an example — who are teaching in line with Scripture, and do so by taking Scripture seriously for what it says, and not for how we might wish it to speak. These are rejected because they refuse to go along to get along, to let whichever popular scaffolding around the text speak for the text, and demand that the Word be listened to. Pay close attention to what is pointed out by those who have been rejected for this second reason.

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2 January 2018 at 3:35 pm

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Names

It is worth taking time to consider that the northern kingdom retained the name “Israel,” while the southern kingdom did not. It is not unusual for the least faithful party to retain the most faithful name.

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3 November 2017 at 6:21 pm

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People Get Excited

The fewer the number of relevant Bible passages concerning an issue, the more ink is spilled.

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3 November 2017 at 6:10 pm

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Redemption / Forgiveness / Justice / Desserts

Of course our age is one in which there can be no redemption for (especially) public figures, no forgiveness. When there is no belief that justice can ever truly be brought about, or will be brought about, everything goes code red. For where there is no justice, the scales are left unbalanced, and me or mine may very well come out on the sadder end of things. Everyone should get their just desserts, and if they don’t get them when they live, their memories must be destroyed except as examples of what happens to those who need destroying. This is the world without Good News. This is a world that needs it, yesterday.

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28 October 2017 at 11:53 pm

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Reformation Runup 2:

Great articles, great resources: ConcordiaTheology.org.

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21 October 2017 at 8:29 pm

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