Since I recently blogged about political theology in my last post, I have found an interesting conversation happening in the area of political theology at Doug Chaplin’s blog MetaCatholic, where he began blogging about the perils of Christian pacificism. In relation and in response to Chaplin’s post, Peter Kirk blogs on Gentle Wisdom about Doug Chaplin’s one-sided anti-pacifist views. Is pacificism for everyone? Should there be mandatory legislation to force everyone to participate in war, even if it is a just war? And is it right to force an entire nation to take a totally pacifist position and stand idly by to watch people get slaughtered by a mindless dictator committing mass genocide?
ElShaddai Edwards just blogged about his review of the HCSB Reference Bible. What caught my attention was ElShaddai’s recent post about exorcism in which he posted a copy of a letter someone had written about the casting out of demons. The discussion thread leads to another about the charismatic issue of tongues. This topic is not dead, as the cessationists would like to believe, because the rise of the charismatic movement and pentecostal churches around the world (particularly the southern hemisphere) will make this issue of charismata a more important topic of interest in the near future. Philip Jenkins has written about this in his book The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity published in 2003.