It’s been some time now, huh?

I haven’t had the time or, frankly, the motivation to write too much. I was writing a series on evangelicalism and planned on writing more with respect to eschatology, but college, the pandemic, other interests, and some personal issues got in the way. I suppose this could be considered a detour in those writings, but please bear with me as I talk about some more personal aspects of my upbringing.

Current Issues

In the Summer of 2019, I was diagnosed with depression after a series of outbursts that were a bit too much to be considered…

If you haven’t seen my previous post I highly suggest you read it. It’s a relatively short read but it sets up why I will use the Church Fathers significantly going forward. Today we’re going to discuss sacramentology.

The Eucharist

The Eucharist — also called communion and the Lord’s Supper — has been a controversial topic since the Reformation, oddly enough. From my experience, Evangelicals are memorialists on the Eucharist, holding that the Lord’s Supper is merely symbolic. This view is best expressed by the Southern Baptist Basic Beliefs page, stating:

The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members…

If you haven’t already, read my previous post so you can have some context regarding my background and why evangelical aesthetics are embarrassing. Now, I’m going to start my discussion of evangelical theology.

Sola Scriptura

The LCMS Christian Cyclopedia states, “We pledge ourselves to the prophetic and apostolic writings of the Old and New Testaments as the pure and clear fountain of Israel, which is the only true norm according to which all teachers and. teachings are to be judged and evaluated.” With this in mind, Scripture is the only infallible rule of the faith by which doctrines and individuals can be…

I grew up in vaguely evangelical churches, so I had the impression that evangelicalism was the historical and biblical norm. Over time, however, I came to dislike many of the practices of evangelicalism, so I no longer consider myself a part of the broader movement.

Evangelicalism: Definition and Roots

All too often, the term “evangelical” is used by opponents of evangelicalism to criticize Christian movements that are somewhat conservative and Protestant. In order to avoid such confusion, I will hereby use evangelicalism to reference churches with the following ideas, practices, or behaviors:

  • Low church aesthetics
  • A Memorialist view on the Eucharist
  • An emphasis on…

Scholasticism is often met with shudders and signs of disapproval among modern Protestants, but are those responses warranted?

What’s Scholasticism?

According to, Scholasticism is “the system of theological and philosophical teaching predominant in the Middle Ages, based chiefly upon the authority of the church fathers and of Aristotle and his commentators.” We must note here that while there are certain doctrines associated with Scholasticism like divine simplicity and hylemorphism, it’s better to describe Scholasticism as a method that emphasizes the capability of human reason to describe the natural world. Scholastics believed that man was made in the image of God (Genesis…

The fine-tuning argument is a popular argument for the existence of God, arising quite recently within the world of theism. The argument gained recognition primarily after advances in the sciences, particularly astrophysics and cosmology. Several modern apologists support the argument, including Robin Collins, John Polkinghorne, Richard Swineburg, William Lane Craig, and Alvin Plantinga.

According to supporters of the argument, certain fundamentals of the universe allow for intelligent life to arise. These laws, however, are so perfect that it’s improbable for them to naturally be this way. Rather, these key constants were likely adjusted by an intelligent mind, which proponents would…

The ontology of God has recently come into great dispute, especially among modern evangelicals. Open theism — a school of thought that largely began in the 20th Century — rose to challenge the traditional understanding of God’s omniscience. While supporters of open theism suggest that their interpretation best represents Biblical Christianity, they are radically incorrect, reinterpreting several key scriptural passages, ignoring the history of the Church, and advocating embarrassing philosophy.

What’s Open Theism?

According to Greg Boyd, arguably the most prominent supporter of open theism today, “open theism holds that, because agents are free, the future includes possibilities…open theists hold that God knows…

Scholastic Lutheran

I usually post about philosophy and theology, but occasionally I’ll post about finance and economics. Overall, I’m just a Thomist who supports LCMS.

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