Jenson on ecumenism’s strange future

Robert Jenson concludes this reflection on his involvement in the ecumenical movement with these speculations: ‘The ecumenical movement centered on “the dialogues” was carried by these now distracted and enfeebled bodies [i.e., Anglicans and Lutherans] and the Roman Catholic Church. And there is no one to pick up the burden on the Protestant side. Evangelicals are […]

AAR (additional) meeting – The Promise of Robert Jenson’s Theology: Constructive Engagements

If you are heading to AAR in San Diego this year, consider joining a rich gathering of bods engaging with the theology of Robert Jenson. With the sponsorship of Pentecostal Theological Seminary, Chris Green and Stephen Wright are hosting this exciting additional meeting. A wonderful lineup of speakers will address Jenson’s theology from a variety of […]

Robert Jenson: The 2009 Burns Lectures on Video

I recently posted notes on Robert Jenson’s 2009 Burn Lectures delivered at the University of Otago on the theme, ‘The Regula Fidei and Scripture’: Lecture 1: Creed, Scripture, and Their Modern Alienation Lecture 2: The Tanakh as Christian Scripture Lecture 3: The New Testament and the Regula Fidei Lecture 4: The Apostles’ Creed Lecture 5: The Creed as Critical […]

Robert Jenson: The 2009 Burns Lectures on ‘The Regula Fidei and Scripture’

Here’s a list of recently posted notes on Robert Jenson‘s 2009 Burn Lectures delivered at the University of Otago: Lecture 1: Creed, Scripture, and Their Modern Alienation Lecture 2: The Tanakh as Christian Scripture Lecture 3: The New Testament and the Regula Fidei Lecture 4: The Apostles’ Creed Lecture 5: The Creed as Critical Theory of Scripture Lecture 6: Genesis 1:1 […]

Robert Jenson: Burns Lecture 6 – Genesis 1:1 and Luke 1:26–38

For his grand finale Robert Jenson offered a practical demonstration of what had been argued for in the first five lectures, namely, a creedal critical exegesis of Scripture. Due to time limitations Jenson took as his text Genesis 1:1-3 only. The joy of hearing him on this text was that it touched on many of […]

Robert Jenson: Burns Lecture 5 – The Creed as Critical Theory of Scripture

‘Texts by themselves do not automatically flaunt the meaning they harbour’. From this postulation Professor Jenson proceeded – in this his fifth Burns Lecture (for earlier lectures see I, II, III, IV) – to challenge Modernist attempts to discern what the text is ‘really saying’. He warned of the limited value of efforts to understand […]

Robert Jenson: Burns Lecture 4 – The Apostles’ Creed

Professor Jenson began the fourth of his six Burns Lectures by following up a question that arose after the previous lecture. The question concerned the Resurrection. He suggested that when we think of ‘living persons’ we must attend to two ‘aspects’: There is among us a voice which changes those to whom it is addressed. […]

Robert Jenson: Burns Lecture 3 – The New Testament and the Regula Fidei

Professor Jenson’s third Burns Lecture was concerned with the emergence of the NT as canon. Initially he looked at the emergence of the NT canon as documented in the writings of Irenaeus. He noted that Irenaeus‘ arguments are circular, however, this is not a vicious circularity, indeed ‘circularity is the very mark of the Holy […]

Robert Jenson: Burns Lecture 2 – The Tanakh as Christian Scripture

The Burns Lectures are definitely warming up. In this lecture Robert Jenson dealt with the Tanakh, or Old Testament (as is his preferred terminology with appropriate qualification: ‘old’ equals ‘prior’ rather than ‘antiquated’) as Christian scripture. He began by clarifying the appropriate questions – the status of the OT as Christian scripture was never questioned […]

Robert Jenson: Burns Lecture 1 – Creeds, Scripture, Niebuhr and the Preposition between Christ and Culture

This afternoon, I was priviledged to hear a lecture by Robert W. Jenson who is visiting the University of Otago to deliver this year’s Burns Lectures on the theme of ‘The Regula Fidei and Scripture’. I’ve heard Professor Jenson lecture on a number of occassions, and on three different continents, and he is always enormously stimulating. In his opening lecture […]

Robert Jenson @ Otago: ‘The Regula Fidei and Scripture’

During March, the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Otago will be hosting Professor Robert Jenson who will deliver the 2009 Burns Lectures. The title for the series is ‘The Regula Fidei and Scripture’, and will include the following lectures: 1. ‘Creed, Scripture, and Their Modern Alienation’, Wednesday March 11th, 5.10pm, […]


Books Hallowed be Thy Name: The Sanctification of All in the Soteriology of P.T. Forsyth. London/New York: T&T Clark, 2013. This unique study by Jason Goroncy offers an accessible and constructive way of reading and critiquing the thought of one the most creative and robust theological minds that the English language has produced – P. T. […]

Work of God, Work of the People: Reflections on the Spirit of Liturgical Worship

A guest post by Chris Green Liturgy, we are often reminded, is ‘the work of the people’. But that claim has to be qualified immediately by (at least) two other truths. First, liturgy – and, more importantly, the worship that it serves­ is always already God’s work before it is ours. Worship is not our gift […]

The Quest for the Trinity: a review

Stephen R. Holmes, The Quest for the Trinity: The Doctrine of God in Scripture, History and Modernity (Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2012). ISBN: 9780830839865. The Quest for the Trinity makes plain again that Steve Holmes is among the most erudite and trustworthy theologians working today. His acquaintance with the tradition’s own wrestlings to articulate its […]

December stations …

Reading: The Vivisector by Patrick White Defending Constantine: The Twilight of an Empire and the Dawn of Christendom by Peter J. Leithart The Architecture of the Scottish Medieval Church, 1100–1560 by Richard Fawcett Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon The Protestant Era by Paul Tillich Argula von Grumbach: A Woman’s Voice in the Reformation by Peter Matheson […]

A Review of Chris Green’s, Toward a Pentecostal Theology of the Lord’s Supper

Chris E. W. Green, Toward a Pentecostal Theology of the Lord’s Supper: Foretasting the Kingdom (Cleveland: CPT Press, 2012). ISBN: 9781935931300 Reading this study meant jumping some hurdles. First, while it may well say something embarrassing about me and my reading habits, it is not very often at all that I pick up a book […]

An End to All Endings? Reflections on Rowan Williams’ Critical Theology

A guest post by Chris Green In his Pro Ecclesia review of Williams’ On Christian Theology, Robert Jenson observes—and calls into question—what he believes is Williams’ ‘obsessive fear of closure’. As Jenson sees it, the Archbishop is attempting at every turn to ‘enforce theology’s function as critique, and especially as self-critique’, as if ‘keeping the questions […]

September stations …

Reading: The Lot: In Words by Michael Leunig. Heralds of God by James S. Stewart. When I Was in Hospital You Visited Me by Simon Wilson. Essays Philosophical and Theological by Rudolf Bultmann. The Fiddles of God by Rutherford Waddell. Pastoral Care in Hospitals by Neville A. Kirkwood Ministry to Outpatients: A New Challenge in Pastoral Care by Herbert Anderson et al. Pastoral care in the Modern […]