Kameron Edenfield

Baptism Links

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Some articles, new and old, on baptism: 1. http://www.kuyperian.com/the-new-testament-openly-commands-the-baptism-of-children/ 2. http://www.frame-poythress.org/indifferentism-and-rigorism/ 3. http://www.frame-poythress.org/linking-small-children-with-infants-in-the-theology-of-baptizing/

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Milbank on Gift and Gratitude

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For Milbank, God’s gift of being is, in a sense, gift to no one. If creation is ex nihilo then God does not give a gift to creatures, but gives creatures themselves.[1] In a human gift exchange the gift passes from the giver across a “neutral territory” to the receiver.[2] The gift can then be received and used, or it can be rejected. God’s gift of being “establishes creatures as themselves”, not crossing any such territory.[3] Furthermore, the gift can only be received and thus is not subject to initial…read more

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Made for Community

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The Triune God is a community of persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Trinity is one and yet many. Adam and Eve were made in the image of the Trinity, “according to Our likeness”. Certainly the imago Dei constitutes several things, but at least it connotes the priority of community for man. After God made Adam and placed him in the garden, He declared it was not good for man to be alone. So He gave Eve as a helper to Adam. The text of Genesis 1:27 says, “God…read more

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Individualism and the Christian Mythos

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The 17th century French philosopher, René Descartes, is at least one of the fathers of what came to be known as modern individualism. Instead of receiving the tradition passed down as a gift, Descartes rejected it to find certainty in isolation.[1] His famous Cogito seeks to ground the foundation of knowledge in the individual. In this conception, community is rendered an accessory to the pursuit of knowledge. Thus began the modern attempt to free the individual from the shackles of community. In the modern period, following Descartes, there are numerous…read more

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Bonhoeffer and the externum verbum

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Bonhoeffer defines Christianity as “community through Jesus Christ and in Jesus Christ” (pg 21, Life Together). By this he means that Christians are bound together through what Christ has done on their behalf and that they receive what Christ offers through one another.  He draws upon the Reformational notion that God’s word of salvation comes to us extra nos. Christians cannot look in themselves for salvation, but must look outside to God’s externum verbum. God has chosen to use created means, namely people, to communicate this word. Thus the Christian…read more

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