Video

An interview with James Torrance

Here is James Torrance speaking about his life, the influence of Karl Barth on his thought, civil religion, ethnic identity, the Barmen Declaration, reconciliation, and prayer and the priesthood of Christ (a topic that partly inspired this post):

Jeremy Begbie on God and freedom

Hauerwas on religion and violence, the place of Christianity in the modern University, death, friendship and community

The Centre for Public Christianity has made available a wonderful four-part interview with Stanley Hauerwas in which he and Greg Clarke discuss the connections between religion and violence, the place of Christianity in the modern University, death, friendship and community.

In the latter, Hauerwas makes the following comment:

‘The last thing in the world I want is a personal relationship with God. Our relationship with God is mediated. And that’s the reason why without the Church we know not God … Our faith is a mediated faith through people reformed by word and sacrament. So I would never trust myself to have a personal relationship with God’.

David Bentley Hart interview: ‘Revolutionary Christianity and its alternatives’

The Centre for Public Christianity has generously made available a six-part interview with David Bentley Hart wherein Hart talks about the impact of Christianity on the West, some questionable interpretations of history, suffering and the problem of evil and why he remains a believer.

  1. The violence of Christian history
  2. The new atheists and an ugly God
  3. Ethics and the good life
  4. Nostalgia for a pagan past
  5. Gnosticism and alternative gospels
  6. Suffering and the problem of evil

The full interview is also available here as a download via iTunes.

40: Jesus in the Wilderness – A Lenten Reflection

Illustrations by Simon Smith (who blogs here). Music by Explosions in the Sky.

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