On the Duty of Obeying Nature

In my recent post on the surgical rape of nature, someone in the comments asked what I thought to be a pertinent question. Why would I come out swinging at something like transgender surgeries as a “rape of nature” when in other circumstances I have shown myself to be quite open to GMOs, Frankenfoods, and …

You May Not Cut Nature

One of the reasons I go on about the regeneration thing is because I believe that many other crucial things ride on it. If we don’t keep the necessity of the new birth in the forefront of our minds, we will in short order find ourselves unable to answer the arguments and demands of those …

University-Trained Mole Rats

Scripture teaches us that the creation is articulate. “The heavens declare his righteousness, And all the people see his glory. Confounded be all they that serve graven images, That boast themselves of idols: Worship him, all ye gods” (Ps. 97:6–7). The created order pours forth speech. Nature is not a dumb mute, vaguely gesturing in …

A Gracious Gift of the Creeps

I recently read Peter Leithart’s piece on nature at the Trinity House page here, and my initial reaction was to pose a test case scenario for him. It looked like this. I wrote Peter and asked him to write an article that assumes his “un-metaphysic” about nature, and use it to demonstrate the sinfulness of …

To Obligate Belief

The classic beginning of Calvin’s Institutes rightly assumes that it is not possible to know God without knowledge of ourselves. Without knowledge of self there is no knowledge of God. But it runs the other direction as well. It “not easy to discern” which knowledge precedes and brings forth the other. They are interdependent. “Accordingly, …

What Plato’s Cousin Knew

Theological disputes are often matters of great moment, even when those outside the dispute cannot track with what is going on. I think it was Gibbon who once displayed his ignorance by saying that the debate over homousia and homoiousia was somehow over the letter i — which is pretty similar to saying the debate …