One of the worst misrepresentations of the Reformation teaching of God's two kingdoms that I've heard goes like this: "Two kingdom theology means that we only have to live as Christians on Sunday but not the rest of the week." This notion is completely mistaken in every way; it is absolutely not at all an… Continue reading The Two Kingdoms and Christian Ethics
David VanDrunen's helpful book on bioethics has a great section on Christian virtues. One of them is contentment, which has much to do with ethics in general but also bioethics more specifically. VanDrunen explains. "The virtue of contentment is crucial for bioethics in large part because bioethical questions usually emerge as a result of dissatisfaction with our current state of… Continue reading Contentment and Bioethics
In my studies of the Reformers and Reformed Scholasticism, two of the more practical and helpful teachings I found were the doctrines of the two kingdoms and natural law. In other terms, it was a great learning experience to see 1) how Reformed theologians typically distinguished between many aspects of the church and the civil… Continue reading Natural Law and Two Kingdoms in Reformed Orthodoxy
Sometimes when Christians speak of engaging culture we end up using too many military metaphors. We talk about culture wars and culture warriors, and we discuss how to "take back" the city (as if it were occupied territory) or speak of taking over certain parts of society. Some Christians even talk about kingdom agents, beachheads, and invasions. In response to… Continue reading Culture Wars and Warriors?
One thing I appreciate about David VanDrunen's book on bioethics is the section on virtue in the Christian life. Here's one part worth underscoring. "The virtue of contentment is crucial for bioethics in large part because bioethical questions usually emerge as a result of dissatisfaction with our current state of affairs. Bioethics concerns things that we desire but… Continue reading Contentment and Bioethics