The Lion’s Den: A Q&A with Criswell College Professors

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Four Criswell College professors recently got together for a “Lion’s Den” panel where they answered difficult practical or theological questions submitted by students. Topics included prophetic dreams and visions, singleness and marriage, gluttony, and eschatology. Continue reading

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Endowed by Our CR

by Kirk Spencer

00.EndowedByOurBen Affleck said that “we are endowed by our CR…” He was attempting to quote that famous line from the Declaration of Independence—that we are “endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights.”  Ben only barely got the first two letters of creator, then quickly recovered and continued with “…our forefathers…” So we are now “endowed by our forefathers with certain unalienable rights.”

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Maintaining Good Reading Habits

by Bill Watson

readingReading well is not easy. Many of us recognize the value of being well-read but few of us really know how to become well-read. Becoming well-read requires that we read books that are not necessarily of immediate interest to us. Many readers, particularly those who are not naturally inclined to reading deep books, focus on “low-grade” literature that is of dubious value. By “low-grade,” I mean here the kind of literature that relies almost entirely on evoking and provoking our immediate passions. These books are like roller-coasters or pop music, they assault our raw senses but rarely challenge the way we think about the world, about ourselves. Books that actually change us tend to be less immediately appealing to the novice reader. So it is important to think about how to keep reading interesting while still reading books that are important and influential. Continue reading

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Crying Moral Wolf

by Barry Creamer

crying wolfThose of us who believe in objectivity, truth, knowledge, (not to mention follow Jesus) hold that there is a fence between right and wrong, and that the fence doesn’t move. So it’s easy to understand why we defend the idea that everything is black and white. Of course, the color metaphor simply makes the point that there is a stark difference between right and wrong, and that everything falls into one of those two categories. Continue reading

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This Chivalry Thing

by Kirk Spencer

00 ThisChivalryThingWhoopi said “You have to teach women, do not live with this idea that men have this chivalry thing still with them… Don’t assume that’s still in place. So don’t be surprised if you hit a man, and he hits you back! You hit somebody. They hit you back. Don’t be surprised.”[1] The “chivalry thing,” of which Whoopi speaks, is a Christian thing. It is the marriage of the pagan virtue of ruthless strength with the Christian virtue of humble submission. The “vir” in “virtue” is “man.” And, originally, in classical times, the Latin term “virtus” meant the active and somewhat ruthless strength of “manliness.” The classical mind tried to control virtus with “disciplina” (ordering through preparation). However, this rarely worked. That brute strength of man as a brute let loose and “took care of business.” In chivalry, this brutish ruthless strength was submitted to God’s control to direct strength in order to protect the weak. So the “chivalry thing” is strength submitted and the submission was to God. Christianity made virtus into virtue and disciplina into discipleship.[2] It was a reflection of the meekness of Christ in Christian men—with the understanding that meekness is not weakness; it is strength under control, strength that protects. Chivalry was Christian meekness in defense of the defenseless. Continue reading

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Book Club with Dr. Barry Creamer

book clubCriswell College is excited to announce an opportunity to join a book club with our own President and Professor of Humanities, Dr. Barry Creamer, from October 6 to November 17, 2014! Continue reading

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The Supremacy of Voluntary Community

by Barry Creamer

communityEvery person experiences a tension between the desire to be an individual and to be part of a community—to act freely on immediate desires on the one hand, and to belong securely to a well-defined group on the other. But well-defined groups limit personal liberty. And personal liberties often perforate well-defined boundaries. Hence the tension. Continue reading

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