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  • Pope's death penalty reversal prompts closer look

    by David Roach, posted Monday, August 06, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    ROME (BP) -- Pope Francis' reversal of Catholic teaching on the death penalty continues to draw reaction, with some Southern Baptist theologians saying the move contradicts biblical principles of ethics.

    At the same time, the theologians surveyed by Baptist Press share Francis' concerns about just application of capital punishment amid multiple U.S. lethal injections gone awry in recent years and increasing awareness of racial and economic disparities in the criminal justice system. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Taking time to read the 'times'

    by Rudy Gonzalez, posted Monday, July 09, 2018 (3 months ago)

    "God has provided us with moral signs that must be read," Rudy Gonzalez writes, "if we are to understand our world, our politics and our cultures with greater sensitivity." Read More

  • GQ's slam of the Bible 'sadly laughable'

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, April 24, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- GQ's inclusion of the Bible in a list of 21 overrated classic books has drawn expressions of pity for the popular men's magazine.

    "Our response as believers should not be defensiveness or outrage," said Union University Bible professor George Guthrie, "but pity for those who have never glimpsed even the smallest ray of beauty, the song of hope found in the Bible's wonderfully cohesive story."

    Last week, GQ's editors published a list of "21 books you don't have to read and 21 you should read instead," complied by "a group of un-boring writers." At no. 12 on the list, novelist Jesse Ball recommended scrapping the Bible in favor of Agota Kristof's novel "The Notebook." Read More

  • Pope's alleged hell denial scrutinized

    by David Roach, posted Monday, April 02, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    ROME (BP) -- Pope Francis' reported denial that hell exists -- which the Vatican says is not "a faithful transcription" of his words -- has occasioned analyses of both Roman Catholic and biblical teachings on hell.

    "Even if Francis did indeed deny the existence of hell or affirm some form of annihilationism, his comments to a journalist are his personal words and do not constitute Roman Catholic doctrine or change it from its official formulation," said Gregg Allison, a Southern Baptist Theological Seminary professor and author of "Roman Catholic Theology and Practice: An Evangelical Assessment." Read More

  • Christ's resurrection: strongest evidence cited

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, March 29, 2018 (6 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Did Jesus really rise from the dead?

    It's a question asked and answered each Easter in news reports, television documentaries and personal conversations. This year, two Southern Baptists who train others to defend the faith have offered their thoughts on the best way to answer.

    Rob Phillips, who leads apologetics for the Missouri Baptist Convention, pointed to the "minimal facts argument," which defends the resurrection using only evidence "considered virtually undeniable," even by skeptics. Stephen Wellum, a theology professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said evidence for the resurrection always must be coupled with an explanation of the resurrection's significance within the Christian worldview. Read More

  • Köstenberger examines biblical & systematic theology

    by T. Patrick Hudson, posted Tuesday, March 27, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- New Testament scholar Andreas Köstenberger emphasized the importance of rightly studying biblical theology during Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's annual Sizemore Lectures, March 13-14 at the Kansas City, Mo., campus.

    Köstenberger, who has served for more than 20 years as senior research professor of New Testament and biblical theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, focused his two-lecture series on the topic, "The Promise and Practice of Biblical Theology." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Let us be women

    by Katie McCoy, posted Tuesday, January 30, 2018 (8 months ago)

    Katie McCoy underscores the need for women grounded in theology to address misguided attempts in an increasingly hostile and broken world to conflate male-female equality with secular ideology. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Is church membership biblical?

    by Bill Connors, posted Friday, January 05, 2018 (9 months ago)

    Though some Christians object to the idea of formal church membership, Bill Connors notes that the concept is biblical. "Each born-again believer should enter into a covenant relationship with a particular local church," he writes. Read More

  • Ancient DNA said to support Bible's Babel account

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, January 04, 2018 (9 months ago)

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    TANANA, Alaska (BP) -- Ancient human genetic material harvested in Alaska has been cited by two creation researchers as corroborating evidence of Scripture's claim humans migrated en masse from the Tower of Babel.

    A study published Jan. 3 in the journal Nature claims DNA extracted from the remains of an infant girl buried in central Alaska suggests an ancient migration of people from East Asia, across a frozen land bridge, to North America.

    After scientists extracted the DNA, they dated it to approximately 11,500 years ago, according to common evolutionary dating methods, and discovered commonalties between the harvested genome and the DNA of modern Native Americans. Researchers also found the ancient infant girl had ancestors in East Asia some 35,000 years ago according to evolutionary dating methods. Read More