This section provides access to various works of student scholarship and student publications from Calvin Theological Seminary and Calvin University. These range from papers submitted for competitions, poster presentations, undergraduate research, and a capstone or culminating work for a seminary or university degree. The views and opinions expressed in these works are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Calvin University, Calvin Theological Seminary, or its funders.

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Works from 2008

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Dialogue, Staff and writers of Dialogue

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01 Tim Hurst, Crab Jenna Sue Vanden Brink, Stilted Slab Vessel; 04 Natalie Good, Landscape #4 with stalagmites; 05 Anonymous, Holy Spirit; 06 Jenna Sue Vanden Brink, Excerpts from Artist Statement; 07 Tim Hurst, Chameleon; 08 Sarah Bakker, Considering Colonies Robert Zandstra, Honey Bees and Fireflies; 11 Elizabeth Oliver, Illustration (Heartwood); 16 Paul Miyamoto, Untitled (Managua 2008); 17 rachelle allegrina marie sartini, Artist book; 18 Jo-Ann VanReeuwyk, Quest I and II; 20 Elizabeth Wroughton, Got the time I and II; 26 Lee Bolt, Skyline; 27 Norm Zylstra, Eve & Adam; 28 miranda brouwer, Photogram series; 30 Kat Stahl, The Little Things in Life; 33 Hannah Piedt, Putting Myself Together

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05 Amanda Hayes, Stars Stream; 07 Jenna Sue Vanden Brink, Excerpts from Artist Statement; 09 Robert Zandstra, Honey Bees and Fireflies;...

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A helper of thy faith and joy: Elnathan Parr as a pastoral teacher of predestination in early Stuart England., David H. Kranendonk, Calvin Theological Seminary

This thesis demonstrates that Elnathan Parr‟s (1577-1622) treatment of divine predestination in his homiletical commentary on Romans and in his catechism entitled Grounds of Divinity evidences a pastoral approach in which the scholastic precision characteristic of the era does not lead to speculative aridity but serves positive spiritual purposes. Parr was neither afraid of nor obsessed by this part of the “whole counsel of God.” While his popular teaching incorporated detailed theological argumentation, including an extended examination of the supralapsarian-infralapsarian issue, his concern was to apply this doctrine through multiple types of “uses” to his spiritually diverse readership with the desire they would be led to experience, be assured of, live out of, and glory in God's electing love. The thesis focuses on the early seventeenth-century teaching of predestination as it rel...

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Christ's atonement: the Hope of Creation, Mary L. Vanden Berg, CalvinTheological Seminary

The rich history of research in atonement theology has focused its energy primarily on explanations of how the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ leads to the forgiveness of human sin and the restoration of a right relationship between God and humanity. While the biblical text does describe the work of Jesus Christ in those terms, it also makes clear that God's people look forward with hope to the restoration of all creation. Lacking in atonement scholarship is a clear explanation of how the work of Jesus Christ might be connected to and bring about this restoration, described in the Bible as the new heavens and new earth. The biblical narrative portrays human sin as the despoiler not only of the relationship between God and humanity, but also of creation itself and God's intentions for creation. The sacrificial system of the Israelite cult, especially the Day of Atonement...

Works from 2007

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The History Issue
02 Elizabeth Oliver, Editor's Note; 04 Kristofer Nivens, Life Again in the Province; 05 Kevin Buist, mountaineers: lake at night; 06 Anna M. Fongers, An Interview with Bob Daining; 07 Natalie Palacios, Sideways; 08 Ben Buursma, The Ithacan Press; 09 amy elise, the storm; 10 J Eizenga, A Scientific Discovery in Three or Four Parts; 12 Austin Hakes, The Truth About Darfur (And What You Can't Do About It); 14 Tamara Verhelle, The LuminoLU Bituminoud; 16 Jeffrey Knol, A short history of us; 17 John Van Dyke, Winter; 17 amy elise, strawberry blonde; 18 miranda brouwer, Selection from artist book; 20 Julia A. Garvelink, Peace: In Memory of Poe; 22 Peter Clemo, Excerpts from untitled analog series; 25 Sarah Baker, Untitled; 26 Erik J. De Vries, The Great Equation; 27 Chris Molnar, Harmony Korine popping Quaaludes with Jake Hoskins, The General Dance; 30 ...

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Dialogue, Staff and writers of Dialogue

Editorial
03 Last Words, Robert Zandstra

English Honors Spotlight
13 Tom Mazanec; 16 Amy Lewis; 34 Daina Carr

BFA Spotlight
10 Brad Smith; 18 Robert Bosscher; 22 Heather Luimes; 23 Taylor Greenfield

Essay
30 Phulery's Farewell, Thomas B. Phulery; 33 Dutch Ways in the Big City, Jon Bratt

Poetry
06 The Weasel, Nathan Gelinas; 07 the tuesday of our lives, annreilly
07 "while on the blue line train," anonymous; 08 Leaving Church after Communion, Anonymous; 11 Mesa, Cal en Ru bin; 24 Your First Rosary, Anonymous; 24 Oh Circulating Cell, Ryan Weberling; 25 Appalachian Morning, Anne VanLoon; 25 Jejune, poemol; 27 Cloves, Kristofer Nivens; 28 Mary Jo, Bull

Visual Art
01 Untitled, Tamara Verhelle; 03 Excerpts from "Crossi...

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Editorial
03 Art, Nature, and the Detritus of Civilization, Robert Zandstra

Trivia
12 Proven: The Grass is Greener, Anna M. Fongers

Essay
14 The Politics of Grass, Kaitlyn C. Bohlin; 22 Farming for Shalom: Going Beyond 'Organic' for a Sustainable; Agriculture, Eric Bradley; 26 Realizing an Aesthetic Ethic on Calvin's Campus, Nate Haan

Poetry
04 The Unnameable - Fragment #1, Tom Mazanec; 06 Nude in My Peacock Mirror, Anonymous; 07 Salisbury Cathedral, Calen Rubin; 09 For a Forest Fire Fighting Friend, Anonymous; 12 Titan Arum: Carpe Florem, Tom Mazanec; 18 Sanctification, Dave Warners; 18 creation's chorus, Annalise Venhuizen; 19 Untitled Metaphor #7, Jonathan Lovelace; 21 the coin, annreilly; 24 Bladdernuts and Bricks, Anonymous

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All Subjects of the Kingdom of Christ: John Owen's Conceptions of Christian Unity and Schism, Sung-Ho Lee, CalvinTheological Seminary

Throughout the seventeenth century the Church of England experienced disintegration and schism. Each Protestant party charged the other with breaking the unity of the church. For this reason, schism and unity were one of the most controversial issues that leading theologians wrestled with. However, scholars have not paid due attention to this issue. The object of this dissertation is to explore how John Owen, a great leader of the second-generation Congregationalists, defended Congregationalism, Protestantism, and Nonconformity from the charge of schism. Aware that the ecclesiological terms, such as “schism,” “unity,” and “separation,” were seriously abused by his opponents, Owen carefully redefined those terms based upon his own biblical interpretation. Accordingly, the dissertation surveys Owen’s ecclesiastical life and works against the historical background of ecclesiology in the ...

Works from 2006

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Editorial
03 Books and the Stories of our Lives, Robert Zandstra

Essay
14 Persuasion, Anna M. F angers

Non-Fiction
15 Telling the Truth, Amy Lewis

Graphic Poetry
18 Excerpt, Thomas J. Mazanec, Kyle J. Schultz, and Gabriel J. Kruis

Poetry
06 More or Less: A Villanelle, Tom Mazanec; 07 Things to Expect, Amy Lewis; 09 Psalm 139: B Text, annreilly; 10 In Motion In Moment, Kaitlyn C. Bohlin; 11 bitter s w e e t, anonymous; 11 Hedge Trimmings, Meredith C. Mele; 12 Obituary, Debra Rienstra; 12 Advice to My Daughter, De bra Rienstra; 21 Love Song, Matt Walhout; 22 in the waiting room, Meredith C. Mele; 26 impression of you, jessica a. miller

Visual Art
01 Exodus Scroll, Isaac Young; 04 Images from Crossing the River, Eugene Dening; 08 Hide ...

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Dialogue, Staff and writers of Dialogue

Editorial
03 Dialogue: An Introduction, an Apology, and a Challenge, Robert Zandstra

Letter
06 An Open Letter Concerning the Michigan Proposed, Elementary Education Standards, Jo-Ann Van Reeuwyk

Review
12 The Drawings of Magdalena Abakanowicz, Sara Bakker; 13 Memory, Truth, and South Africa: The PoetnJ of Ingrid de Kok, Robert Zandstra

Advice
22 10 Steps to Becoming a Famous Writer, Erica Boonstra

Essay
29 Anxiety of Art and Entropy, Gabriel J. Kruis

Poetry
07 With the Yellow Sea, Tom Mazanec; 14 in the sultry half-light, annreilly; 14 st einstein, Gabriel J. Kruis; 15 Perichoresis, Janelle Nichole; 15 ain't nobody here but us sinners, annreilly; 24 Song for the Princess #2, Jonathan Lovelace; 26 To My Na:ive and Foolish Wife, Simo...

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Dialogue, Staff and writers of Dialogue

01 Bob Bosscher; 02 Editorial; 04 BFA Spotlight: Craig Hoeksema; 06 Kimberly Webster; 07 Melanie VanderWal; 08 Rachel S. deLange Joanna deWalle; 09 Gabriel J. Kruis; 12 Amy Lewis Tom Mazanec; 13 BFA Spotlight: Zoe Perkins; 14 Lisa Szumiak; 15 Ryan Weberling & Gabriel Kruis Tom Mazanec; 16 BFA Spotlight: Joseph Post; 18 English Honors Spotlight: Rachel Borycz; 19 Daina Carr; 20 Nikki Stusick; 21 English Honors Spotlight: Jennifer L. Langefeld; 24 English Honors Spotlight: Stephanie Magdalena White; 25 Gregory Grutman; 26 Liz Senefeld; 28 BFA Spotlight: Kevin Buist; 30 danny arens Hannah Elizabeth Piedt; 31 Contributors

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01 Craig Hoeksema; 02 Editorial; 04 David Garber; 06 Chad Engbers; 07 Eugene Dening; 08 Anna Marielle Fongers; 09 annreilly
R. David Weberling; 10 Anna Fongers; 12 Tom Mazanec Peter Cook & Steve Jackson; 13 Eugene Dening; 14 Rachel Reed Katherine Boomsma;
15 Jonathan Lovelace; 16 Kevin Buist; 18 Gabriel J. Kruis; 19 Eugene Dening; 21 Irene Borngraeber; 22 A. M . Fongers; 23 Tyler Gau I and Gabriel J. Kruis; 24 Kevin Fuller; 25 Craig Hoeksema; 26 Katie Bolt; 27 Kristofer Nivens, Christina Lechlitner, Chris Molnar; 28 Kate Block; 30 Contributors

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Baptismal Practice and Trinitarian Belief in Joseph Bingham's Origines Ecclesiasticae: a Study in the Historical and theological Contexts of Patristic Scholarship at the Close of the Era of Orthodoxy, Yudha Thianto, CalvinTheological Seminary

Joseph Bingham belonged to a group of late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century Anglican scholar-clergymen that endeavored to provide their contemporaries with a comprehensive picture of the practice and worship of the early church. Bingham's historical study is unique, since he presents the ancient church in a non-chronological method, but through a systematic and thematic investigation of the rites and ceremonies, together with other dynamic aspects of Christian antiquity. This dissertation proposes to situate Bingham in the context of the late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century English church, its scholarship, and its theological controversies. This understanding of Bingham will, in turn, reveal hitherto unexamined aspects of the development and alteration of Christian teaching in the midst of the political turmoil following the Glorious Revolution of 1688. A central th...

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From Here To Eternity a Biblical, theological, and Analogical Defense of Divine Eternity in Light of Recent Challenges Within Analytic Philosophy, Douglas Allan Felch, CalvinTheological Seminary

Four decades ago, several analytical philosophers began to reconsider the traditional doctrine of divine eternity, which maintains that time is part of the created order, that God is not subject to its limitations, and that the mode of God's existence (following Boethius) is "the complete possession all at once of an unlimited life." Critics objected that this doctrine was biblically underdetermined, that it was more Greek than Christian, and that it was incoherent since an eternal God could not redeem or be actively involved in the temporal world, could only minimally be considered a person, and could not possess knowledge of tensed truths such as what is happening "now." They argued God should be considered "everlasting" (infinitely extended in time) rather than eternal. This challenge generated an extensive published debate. In this thesis, I maintain that the traditional view of...

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Missio Politica Oecumenica: Mission and Political Action in the Life and Thought of Johannes Verkuyl (1908-2001), Hidalgo B. Garcia, CalvinTheological Seminary

This is a study on the relationship between evangelism and church planting and political action. Against the background of polarization between the ecumenical movement and the evangelical movement on the question, the study demonstrates that missio politica oecumenica defined as struggle for justice and righteousness and against evil is a distinct and integral aspect of mission, alongside kerygma, koinonia, and diakonia. It develops this thesis from the life and thought of Johannes Verkuyl (1908- 2001), a Dutch Reformed missionary to Indonesia who was involved in the decolonization of the country. His experience in Indonesia, together with his later experience as a mission executive, in which he was involved in various political activities, shaped his missiology. This study analyzes his missiology in its political dimension, and thus, provides a basis for missio political oecumenica. ...

Works from 2005

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Dialogue, Staff and writers of Dialogue

01 Dock Jung Hyun (Peter) Nam; 02 Editorial Jennifer Buist; 04 breathe (d) rift Michael J. Brooks; 05 Psalm 8 Melanie Vander Wal; 06 A Backyard Funeral Amy Lewis; 07 Prayer of the Drowned Man Kristofer Nivens; 08 untitled Brad Smith; 09 untitled Joseph Zandstra #7, #10, Jacqueline Klamer; 10 Divan Jennifer Joy Weixler;
11 February Third Emily Ulmer; 12 Matthew3 Daina Carr; 13 Commissioning Melanie Vander Wal; 14 Tattoos Christina Kangas
Dang, Bobby! Hope Lane, The Lodestar of my Northern Love Gabriel J. Kruis; 15 Wheelchair Anna Rodenberg; 16 untitled Joe Post; 18 Ophelia's Lament Amy Lewis; 19 WATERROOTS. dave ellens A Gentleman Karen Moschenrose; 20 Playing Mary Horning; 21 The Silly Liberation of a Musical Genius Benjamin Alford; 22 Composition in Dust Amy Lewis; 23 is it cold in there? Zoe Perkins; 24 Sijos on the Korean War Anonymous; 25 Catching Out Joel Voogt; 26 The Ci...

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Dialogue, Staff and writers of Dialogue

01 Lonely Drew Moeller; 02 Editorial Emily Ulmer; 04 Untitled Joe Post; 05 Untitled Craig Hoeksema; 06 The Reign of True Michael Brooks; 07 Untitled Lauren Vanderveen; 08 Self Portrait # 1 Infinite Landscape Craig Hoeksema; 09 Image from series, Portrait of a Girl; 10 Central Station, Sydney, Australia Zoe Perkins Nate Rusch; 11 The Steel Forest Julia Vander Molen; 12 razor love simon c. kittok highway sixty-six sonnet annreilly; 13 easter weekend, what's the plan? spirit wind ... LET 'EM HAVE IT! Peter J Brant; 14 EBB AND FLOW dave ellens; 15 wewerestill born: to Forget Gabriel J. Kruis; 16 Lauren Kate DeNooyer; 18 Agnostracized Michael Brooks; 19 untitled t. guajardo, Untitled John Van Dyke; 20 Morning Star Melanie Vander Wal; 21 Remarkable Amy Lewis; 22 La Iguana Perdida Kate Block; 23 Foggy St. James Zoe Perkins; 24 Charlotte Jennifer Joy Weixler; 25 Sasha # 1 and #2 Jennifer Jo...

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Dialogue, Staff and writers of Dialogue

01 Untitled Raleigh Chadderdon; 02 Editorial Kevin Buist; 04 Bob and Andrea Cooking Anne Carlton Prins; 05 Untitled Kel Lynch; 06 Cuddle Up Angel Night Audrey Befus; 07 Twilight Bethany Keeley to (un)weave a fever Erin Bryant; 08 Sunset in Coyotepe, Nicaragua Janelle M. Terpstra; 09 Untitled Jackie Klamer Seneca Kricket Hoekstra; 10 Benny and I Gabriel J. Kruis; 12 Holding Hands with El Muerte Daniel Lynch; 13 Collectors Sarah Wenger; 14 road scholar, come annreilly Mitsy Maria Rose Post; 15 They turn their back on the land Leslie Harkema; 16 BFA Spotlight: Juan Garcia, BFA Spotlight: Shannon Gales; 18 Found Poetry Gabriel J. Kruis, Looking Glass Krista Brobst; 19 The Summer of the Lobster Peter Vander Wal; 20 BF A Spotlight: Raleigh Chadderdon; 21 Google Walk Ben Schaafsma; 22 Children and Pride Elizabeth Oliver; 23 The Broken Covenant Robert Zandstra; 24 Buoys Adam Fleming Petty; 2...

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Dialogue, Staff and writers of Dialogue

01 Untitled Kasarian Dane; 02 Editorial Mary Herrema; 04 Rainy Afternoon in the Library Katie Alley; 05 Untitled Melanie Vander Wal; 06 Rebecca Gregory Grutman; 07 My Father Singing Adam Fleming Petty; 08 Let it be Heard! Ben Schaafsma; 09 Optical Anxiety John Lucca, Downtown Debauchery Daniel Lynch; 10 NIGHT BEACH Juan Garcia; 12 On Giving Blood Bethany Keeley; 13 Anatomical Depiction of the Crucifixion Isaac Young and Vijay Bangalore; 14 Their Secret Amy Elise; 15 Darpe Ciem bh, Compassion and Truth Gabe Kruis, The Dream Simon Kittok; 16 Vortex Skin Deep Jo-Ann Van Reeuwyk; 18 For Dialogue Calen Rubin Spring Break Robert Zandstra; 19 A periodic sentence Hendrik Johan de Zoete; 20 Green reduction print Lance Kraai; 21 Ruth 1:20 Mary Herrema; 22 Up in Smoke: Our Calumet Region Funeral in DeMotte Robert Zandstra; 23 Joe See Ya Richard Coe; 24 Wisdom's Plea Michelle Larsen; 25 Bicyclis...

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Christ and the Covenant: Francis Turretin's Federal theology as a Defense of the Doctrine of Grace, Mark Beach, CalvinTheological Seminary

The subject of this dissertation is Francis Turretin's federal theology as a defense of the doctrine of grace. Specifically, it deals with Turretin's exposition of the twofold covenant of God--that is, the covenant of nature and the covenant of grace. In treating this subject, the dissertation has a twofold objective--first, to conitribute to an understanding of the theology of Turretin; second, to offer an evaluation regarding the validity of certain trajectories of scholarship pertaining to federal theology in general. This study, in its analysis and exposition of Turretin's understanding of the twofold covenant, deals with several issues that have arisen in the secondary literature on federal theology, namely whether it is a species of legalism, whether it emerged in an effort to escape certain questions surrounding the doctrine of predestination and whether it remained entangled i...

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The Decree of Redemption Is in Effect: a Covenant David Dickson and the Covenant of Redemption, Carol A. Williams, CalvinTheological Seminary

While a significant amount of study has been devoted to the twofold system of covenants of works and grace, development of the threefold covenant system in Reformed theology of the seventeenth century that includes the pactum salutis has not been thoroughly researched. The doctrine of the intratrinitarian covenant between the Father and the Son concerning the whole work of redemption has been characterized in some secondary literature as speculative, unbiblical, the result of faulty exegesis, crassly contractual, a deviation from the pure teaching of the Reformers, and of dubious value. Moreever, these claims of discontinuity and questionable origin of pactum salutis have not been adequately considered, nor has the early development of federal theology after the Reformers and prior to the Westminster Confession of Faith and Johannes Cocceius been sufficiently investigated. Writers of ...

Works from 2004

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Dialogue, Staff and writers of Dialogue

01 What a Horrible Night for a Curse Juan Garcia; 02 Editorial Kevin Buist; 04 Installation view of untitled works Raleigh Chadderdon; 05 Test #09 Kyle Schultz; 06 Diddo #9 Cody Shaffer; 07 I Shivered and Awoke Jacklyn Ab bas A fantasy on Oxford in Fall Na than Sytsma; 08 Growing is for Children Ben Schaafsma; 09 Untitled Jung Hyun (Peter), Nam; 10 Lost and Found on The Rapid; Stephen Kurczy 11 Petrarch 140, Revisited Ann Reilly; 12 Self-Recognition David Wunderink Blinded by the Sea Elizabeth Gonzalez; 13 Untitled Erin Bryant; 14 Chad Elevator Edward Westerhuis; 16 What a Horrible Night for a Curse Juan Garcia; 18 In Tribute to a Memory Joel Moyer, I looked for you, my friend Elizabeth Gonzalez; 19 In the Darkness I See Her Now Jackford Daedalus; 20 Saturday 5 Kyle Schultz; 21 Unkown Joe Post; 22 Hate Ash Bury Robert Zandstra, Pass Sarah Greenlee; 23 Most things C. K. Schicktanz, ...

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01 Gilded Flicker Adam Wolpa; 02 Editorial Kevin Buist; 04 Red Light District Edward Westerhuis; 05 Untitled Heather Farrell; 06 September mornings in our new apartment, Hendrik Johan de Zoete, Haiku for Jim Vanden Bosch David Urban; 07 Welcome to the endless chaos, A Sestina Brian Medema; 08 Untitled Juan Garcia; 09 Blind Contour Study Zoe Perkins; 10 A Farewell to the Ghost of Christmas Past Kate Block; 12 Red Clay Susan Meyerer; 13 Green Betsy Robert Zandstra; 14 Hanging Back Nathan Sytsma; 15 Taste of Heaven Elizabeth Gonzalez, Of the Epicureans Ann Reilly; 16 Birds Adam Wopla; 18 We Were Seven Mandy Suhr; 20 Waiting Mary Horning; 22 Rainy Awakening Elizabeth Gonzalez, Another Self Robert Zandstra; 23 Keeping Up Thomas B. Phulery; 24 An Ascent Nathan Sytsma; 25 Experiments With Lasers Tina Jackson; 26 Ash Wednesday at the Abbey Nathan Sytsma; 27 The Night is a Mystic Elizabeth Go...

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02 Editorial Lisa Van Arragon; 06 Psuedo-Humility #1, #2, #3, #4, #5Michelle Vondiziano; 08 Yellow Spot of Light Becca Morrison; 10 Tawas State Park, Surf Riding Abby Leja; 12 Untitled Nick Zondervan; 13 Hotel Haven Nathan Sytsma, Back Ann Reilly; 14 Interception Kevin Buist, Michelle Vondiziano, Raleigh Chadderdon, Juan Garcia; 16 Reflections on Faith and UpbringingMatt Jensen, Distance Kirk Stewart; 17 Shafts into the Dark Jonathan Hiskes, La Armonfa del Mar Adam Petty; 18 Untitled Kasarian Dane; 20 Lost and Found Emily C. DiFrisco; 22 Untitled Jevon van Vliet; 25 Untitled Peter Dewey; 26 Untitled Lindsay Goodyk; 27 Full Moon with Icicles Mark Speyers; 28 Judgement Day Peter J. Berghoef, Imitation of a W. S. Merwin Poem, Erin Bryant Give Me a Bomb Peter J. Berghoef; 29 Moments Audrey Befus, I Haven't Seen the Ganges, But Here's What the Concord Told Me Jonathan Hiskes; 30 Mexican St...

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1 Cover Image David Maida; 3 Editorial Kevin Buist 4 Traveling Sales Bat Alex Beerhorst; 5 Untitled Steph Ainsworth; 6 I was once a lion-tamer Steve Kurczy; 7 Tuesday News Richard Coe, Light from a Vault
T. C. Avery; 8 Under Lock and Key Josh Leo; 9 Broken Crutch Grant Stoye; 10 D Monkeys All Adam Forrest; 12 A Prayer James K. A. Smith; 13 Untitled Rachel Weening; 14 Those People Audrey Befus, Treading Air Amy VanNocker; 15 9-24 Telegram Adam Forrest; 16 1981 Kevin Buist; 18 Good Aim Leslie Harkema; 20 Sketch Book Drawing David Maida; 21 Would You Like a Shot of Justice With Your Coffee? Emily Venn; 22 The Daily News Thomas B. Phulery; 24 Glamour Line Portrait Michelle Vondiziano; 26 Girl Meredith Kathryn-Case Hoogendam; 27 Ben Playing the Keys Peter Brant; 28 Go and Do Likewise Derek Peterson; 30 Contributor Information

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Modified Kenotic Christology, the Trinity and Christian Orthodoxy, Thomas H. McCall, CalvinTheological Seminary

There has been a recent resurgence of interest in the exploration of the resources of kenotic Christology as a way of countering charges that the traditional doctrine of the Incarnation is incoherent. However, John Hick and others have charged the proponents of this strategy with saving coherence at the price of orthodoxy. Some analytic philosophers of religion and philosophical theologians (notably Stephen T. Davis, C. Stephen Evans and Ronald J. Feenstra) defend a modified version of kenotic Christology, one that they think does not contradict the major creedal Christological statements. But to this date no one has produced an extended study of the relation of modified kenotic Christology to classical Christian orthodoxy. In chapters one and two I introduce both this study and the modified kenotic model under consideration. The third chapter explores ability of modified kenotic Chri...

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Theological Foundation For a Reformed Doctrine of Natural Law, Stephen John Grabill, CalvinTheological Seminary

Although the magisterial Reformers inherited the natural-law tradition as a noncontroversial legacy of late medieval scholasticism, their twentieth-century descendents have, more often than not, assumed a critical stance toward that tradition. This antipathy has been fueled in large part, but not exclusively by Karl Barth's vigorous repudiation of natural theology in the 1934 disputation with Emil Brunner. Like Herman Dooyeweerd, G.C. Berkouwer, and Cornelius Van Til, Barth identified the doctrines of natural theology/natural law as rationalistic vestiges of Thomism that Calvin and Luther had unwittingly assimilated and that, in the scholastic systems of Reformed orthodoxy, became the foundation for the anthropological turn in theology that would eventually run its course in the nineteenth century. A major obstacle for twentieth-century Protestant and Reformed theologians in assessing...

Works from 2003

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Dialogue, Staff and writers of Dialogue

01 Cover Image Meagan Luhrs; 03 Editorial Jon Hiskes; 06 SinTitulo Leslie Harkema; 07 Your Torso is a Canvas Adam Petty; 09 Drumroll Please T. C. Avery, Taking Notes Jon Hiskes; The Powers That Be Mindy"DeYoung, 12 What Remains T. C. Avery, LP Erin Bryant; 14 4th of July Peter Berghoef; 18 In Blue Nathan J. Carpenter; 21 Flight Plans
Jon Hiskes; 23 Little miscarriages along the way Meredith Kathryn-Case Hoogendam; 24 Imaginary Love Audrey Befus; 26 To Rise and Do Battle Thomas B. Phulery; 27 Goodbye Peter Berghoef, Staring out Amy Lewis; 30 Cont~ibutor Information

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03 Editorial Meagan Luhrs and Ryan Thornpson; 04 Milk Michelle Vondiziano; 05 Untitled Abby Leja; 06 The Essence of Gallup, NM Becca Morri son; 08 Untitled Ryan Schoonover; 09 Sleeve by Sleeve Annie Anderson, A Small Case of Ergative Poems-III James Vanden Bosch; 10 Untitled Jim Kuipers; 12 Midnight Scenes Anonymous; 13 Postcard
Kevin Buist; 14 Spring Walk Abram Van Engen, Guilt Ruth Krygsheld; 15 Saturday night, spent in a Marseille train stataon kelly anne ziegler;16 #4, #5 liz dieleman; 18 Sometimes, you just don't know what to say Ben Frederiksen; 19 History Notes Taken as Haikus Sean Michael Baker; 20 Untitled Alex Beerhorst; 21 4 Marer, 2002 Jessica Head, Sun Spots Joe Kawano; 22 Jurne 1st, 1942: 927 Calories, 63 ° Fahrenheit meredith kathryn-case gipson; 23 untitled Lindsay Goodyk; 24 Untitled 1 Juan Garcia; 25 Montmarte, Paris kelly anne ziegler; 26 Pool Hall in River City...

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03 Editorial Ryan Thompson; 04 Companions at Dusk Dan Clemo; 05 Guatemalan Market Jes Brouwer; 06 After Four Years Some Black-Rimmed Art Critic Micah Bruxvoort; 07 Buddha, Boston M.F.A. Nathan Sytsma, Come Back Mary Herrema; 08 Ain't No Man Righteous Erin Bryant; 09 CLARITY Kim DeHoog, 10 The Mother land Emerson Hettinga; 11 A Smail Case of Ergatives II James Vanden Bosch; 12 may 25th 2001 meredith kathryn-case gipson, The Tourist Adam Petty; 13 Bergheim Cathedral Matt Walhout; 14 postcards (from Spain) noah paul borgondy; 16 Untitled #1/#2 Raleigh Chaderdon; 18 Surrender Andrew White, Night Laughter T. C. Avery; 19 White Circle meredith kathryn-case gipson; 20 Royal Tennenbaums Portraits Jenny Scott; 21 In the Basement Peter Berghoef, One Valentine Nightmare Ted Fackler; 22 Untitled Josh Speyers; 23 English 101: Deliberate Dissonance Jerry Fondse; 24 What Passed Between Abram Van En...

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Calvin's Hermeneutics of the Imprecations of the Psalter, Paul Mbunga Mpindi, CalvinTheological Seminary

This dissertation rehearses the issue of Calvin's Old Testament exegesis in the light his hermeneutical approach to the imprecatory passages of the Psalter. The imprecatory passages of the Psalms offer an ideal place to examine the thesis that Calvin's exegetical principles shared elements of the late medieval hermeneutics, but also moved him away from late medieval exegesis toward a more direct application of the literal meaning of the text to his contemporary situation. Our analysis of Calvin's exegesis of the imprecatory passages of the Psalter reveals that the Reformer of Geneva followed a three-pronged approach: With traditional and sixteenth-century commentators, Calvin read the imprecations of the Psalter historically. Calvin acknowledges that on the historical-literal level, the imprecations of the Psalter are prayers offered to the God of the covenant by David, the chosen Ki...

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Embracing Leer and Leven: the theology of Simon Oomius in the Context of Nadere Reformatie Orthodoxy, Gregory D. Schuringa, CalvinTheological Seminary

Scholarship has tended either to brush aside the Dutch Reformed piety of the movement known as the Nadere Reformatie (c.1600-1750) as an aberration from the Reformation, or it has tended, more recently when it has shown interest in the movement, to fail to place the theology of its proponents in its proper orthodox Reformed theological context. This latter failure has resulted, often, in a bifurcation between the Nadere Reformatie and Reformed orthodoxy and scholasticism during the post-Reformation era of Reformed church history and theology. The two have tended to be viewed as mutually exclusive movements. The Nadere Reformatie, with its strong spirituality and practical drive, has been separated from Reformed orthodoxy and scholasticism with their academic rigor, feisty polemics, and concern for right doctrine. Beyond creating a bifurcation between the two movements past scholarship...

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From "Winner" To "Sign": the Changed Understanding of the Church-World Relation in Twentieth-Century Ecumenical Thought, Benebo Fubara-Manuel, CalvinTheological Seminary

Many critics and supporters alike of the World Council of (WCC) contend that it has shifted from its original Christocentric and Trinitarian "Basis." Some, especially conservative evangelicals, see this shift as a. movement away from Christian evangelism and the uniqueness of Christ to the unification of humanity in a syncretism of in which the gospel is replaced by social work. Others have identified the shift to be a movement away from Christology to cosmic prieurnatology, or from an eschatological vision of human unity to a narrow vision of church unity, or from a Christocentric universalism, which did not allow for the wider vision of unity of humankind, to a fuller Trinitarian vision encompassing all of life and all of creation in one grand view. The argument of this dissertation is that the shift in understanding of twentieth-century ecumenical church-world relation is not from...

Works from 2002

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03 Editorial Meagan Luhrs; 04 Self Portrait Ari Tenyenhuis; 05 Dress
Rachael Stevenson; 06 Cancer, Communion, and Christmas Chad Engbers; 07 Radioactive Jesus, Abril 25, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Ben Frederiksen; 08 No Common Ground Raleigh Chadderdon; 09 Black Roses T. C. Avery, Untitled Zachary Campbell; 10 Lamp Katie Alley; 11 cop-out Zachary Campbell; 12 Heaven-Haven Nathan Sytsma; 13 StarTrail Lake Andrew Vanden Heuvel; 14 November, PA Noah Borgondy; 16 Untitled, Terra lncognita Series Jennifer Steensma Hoag; 18 Threads of Home Abram Van Engen; 19 Window Sight Tiffany Leighton, Chris and Nina Michelle Vondiziano; 20 Dance Jessica Head; 21 A Small Wreath Daniel McWhirter; 22 Self Portrait Andy Stob; 23 Arse Poetica Noah M. Thomas; 24 On the Poesy of Dialogue v.35.1 Andrew White, Title Nine Molly F. Delcamp; 25 Polka Party Jenny Scott; 26 The Beejabers Thomas B. Phulery; 27 Arc...

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03 Editorial Meagan Luhrs Ryan Thompson; 04 Lights of a Different Nature Chad Terpstra; 05 Man Aaron Bandstra; 06 September, Indiana
Noah Borgondy; 07 Overexposure Nate Carpenter, Id Sum Matthew Hall; 08 Dad Kevin Buist; 09 Footnote on Plantonism Adam Petty, untitled b. h.; 10 Heart Trouble William J. Vande Kopple; 12 MAN OF [((1 +4)"2)-(3(2(4)))+ 1] MINDS Ben Giudice; 13 Self-Portrait Helena Wunderink; 14 Self-Portrait Shaving Andy Stob; 15 Essay David Billings; 16 Shoe Jessie Lair; 17 Paint Study Michelle Vondiziano; 18 My Dad & my summer Ted Fackler; 19 Acorns and Photo #2 Lee Bolt; 20 Surreal 1 Tiffany Leighton; 21 A Small Case of Ergative Poems James Vanden Bosch; 22 Interview with Miroslav Volf Mike Van Eerden; 24 Our History is the Summer of 1982 Josh Speyers; 25 Artifacts Bert de Vries, Sally de Vries; 26 untitled Peter Berghoef, Blatantly Buscemi Tamara Goodrich; 27 Who i...

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Art
3. jeanette feddes untitled; 6,7. ari tenyenhuis collage series; 9. rebecca vanwyk baby in blue; 11. michelle vondiziano sighs of minarets; 12. raleigh chadderdon all form, no content; 16. diane dekorte untitled; 18. tim scholten untitled; 21. melissa keeley contour line study 1; 24. keven buist boy with pistol, manila; 29. patrick martin untitled; 33. ryan schoonover untitled; 43. tiffany leighton hongkou man and alley; 44. susan bonner ephemeral space; 45. conrad bakker untitled (beachball); 47. juan garcia untitled; 60. jenny scott jigga who?

BFA1.
14-15 matt stolle; 36-37 katherine bonner; 40-41 christopher filippini

BFA2.
48-49 joel leo; 52-53 mariela castillo; 56-57 miriam vanderkooy

Literature
5. rohan thomas premise one; 8. eunice ham spinach sisters; 10. ruth krygsheld one year's reflection; 13. noah poal ...

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Tritheism and Divine Person as Center of Consciousness With a Comparative Appraisal of Jürgen Moltmann and William Hill as Test Cases., Byunghoon Kim, CalvinTheological Seminary

Together with the retrieval of the doctrine of the Trinity in the latter half of the twentieth century, a controversy over tritheism took place centering around the notion of divine persons as centers of consciousness. Since Barth, the theological landscape has been divided into opponents and supporters of the notion of divine persons as centers of consciousness. Opponents charge supporters with tritheism; supporters accuse opponents of modalism. The reciprocal criticism demands that we re-examine tritheism and modalism. The task that this dissertation chooses is that of understanding tritheism. The dissertation intends to accomplish three things: (1) to suggest a definition of tritheism by uncovering historical criteria for tritheism contained in the responses of the church councils to various tritheist positions and evaluating and deepening those historical criteria, (2) to discuss ...

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Understanding the Mind of God John Owen and Seventeenth-Century Exegetical Methodology, Henry Knapp, CalvinTheological Seminary

The biblical exegesis of the seventeenth century has been criticized for (1) serving only to proof text dogmatic, polemic works; (2) reverting to the scholasticism of medieval times, ignoring the vitality of the Reformers' humanism; and (3) being academically inferior due to the neglect of scientific advances in biblical studies. John Owen's interpretation of the Epistle to the Hebrews is used to evaluate the legitimacy of this criticism. Seventeenth-century orthodox exegetical techniques reflect (1) precritical assumptions about Scripture (analogia fidei, analogia Scripturae, scope, contemporary application), (2) developments of Renaissance humanism (biblical and cognate languages; grammatical, linguistic, and lexical advances; text criticism; rhetorical argumentation), and (3) orthodoxy's scholastic heritage (theological definitions and distinctions; continuity with historic faith;...

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1 A Math Poem Edward DeVries; 2 Pilgrimage Mike Buma, Holly Van, Staalduinen; 4 filing for divorce Nathan Sytsma; 5 Falling sonnet #3 Joe Lapp, The Mitt (#2) anne elissa brown; 6 Regenisis Chris Baker; 7 BFA; 23 but i digress Annie Anderson; 24 Impossibility Reconsidered Mike Buma; 26 Small Window Peter Berghoef, Note on Apathy Jesse Meyer; 27 Hands Chris Baker

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1 Worthy's Dance Barry Van Dyke; 6 Slap-Butt Janet Nowlin, Tiffany Leighton, Shawna Bouwers; 11 Confucus Melissa Slager; 15 Katie Bonner; 16 Hit & Run IV Amber VanderMolen; 17 Soccer Language Christy Van Arragon; 20 Katie Bonner; 21 Central Station Peter; 23 Matt Stolle; 24 Travis Blom; 25 Glassed Butterflies Heidi Ohman; 26 Lee Bolt; 27 Who will Marry a Princess With a Tree Growing out of Her Head? Travis Blom, Melissa Mertz

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An Analysis and Critique of Leonardo Boff's theology and Social Ethics, Luiz Roberto França de Mattos, CalvinTheological Seminary

Leonardo Boff wrestles seriously with two challenging questions, namely, the reality of poverty in today's world and the contemporary ecological crisis. His overall project is to offer a Christian response to them. This project has three cornerstones: first, some Marxist axioms underlying his social analysis; second, an ontology appropriated from Teilhard de Chardin and strongly emphasizing the evolution of the universe; third, an epistemological suspicion of the human ability to know reality in itself. While the importance of Boff's work cannot be denied, the theological price Hoff pays for putting his priority on social ethics is considerable. His dismissal of classical theism, and his adoption of panentheism have serious implications Which must be faced before one counts the advantages gained. As to his epistemology, Boff suggests that, given the human limits to grasp reality, one...

Paul’s Ascent to Paradise: 2 Corinthians 12:1-4 in Its Ancient Context, Bethany Tanis, Calvin University
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The Doctrine of Divine Immutability as God's Constancy, Tersur Akuma Aben, CalvinTheological Seminary

A central claim of orthodox Christian theology is that God is immutable. That is, God exists and he is unchangeable. But there are two major problems with this claim: Can a coherent account be given of what it means to say that God is immutable, which affirms God's intimate relatedness to us in our space-time world of change? And, if it can, are there good reasons or arguments to show that God is not immutable? In response to the second problem, I deny that there are good reasons or arguments to show that God is not immutable. I maintain that such arguments as allot immutability to Hellenistic philosophy and claim that immutability is alien to biblical Christian theology emphasize only one side of the origin of this term. I show, on the contrary, that the Christian doctrine of divine immutability issues both from philosophical construction and biblical revelation regarding God. So the...

Works from 2000

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2 September 20 Manifesto Mike Buma; 3 beads and a picture of a pretty face Annie Anderson; 4 Bradde Travis Blom; 5 Abercrombie Matt Stackowitz; 6 Sanctuary Sar Kontz; 7 Mandy Mitchell; 8 Studies of Light and Shadow Holly VanStaalduinen; 10 Notes on Racism Prof. Bob Butler; 11 gap Ryan Thompson; 12 Marie Ryan Thompson; 13 Ryan Reed; 14 Double Vision Tim Thompson; 15 Focus Anonymous; 16 Ryan Reed; 17 Chicago. November 27, 1999 Holly VanStaalduinen; 18 Kyoto: In the Courtyard of the Temple of the Goddess of Love Prof. James Vanden Bosch;19 Hattori Ryokuchi, July 24, 2000 Prof. James Vanden Bosch; 20 Prescience Nathan Sytsma, Johan de Zoete, T. J. Grant, Patrick Martin; 24 In which she ponders her ways Christy Phillips J. Rowley Kennerk; 27 Composition #1 Matt Stolle; 28 The Squirrel Joel Apple; 30 Suburban Landscapes Paul Birza; 32 Joy Anonymous Dave Van Noord; 38 Jetsmoke Nathan Sytsma;...

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1 Holly Van Staalduinen Discovery; 2 Anonymous Focus; 3 Benjamin Hoekstra Book Reviews; 4 lppel Inc. Advertisement; 5 Annie Anderson Beads and a Picture of a Pretty Face; 6 T.J. Grant; 7 Joel Apple The Squirrel; 8 Luke Moore Joey's Room; 9 Matt Stolle Composition; 10 Nathan Sytsma Prescience; 11 Travis Blom Bradde 1-3; 13 Mike Buma Manifesto September 20; 14 Ryan Thompson gap; 15 Caleb Abetti A Little While Before the Feet Washing Incident; 19 Ryan Thompson Marie; 21 Josh Hagedorn Genderen Editorial-Interview with myself; 22 Justin Van Pie. 5 From Reflection Series; 23 Appendix

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Gallery
5 Editorial: A Bucket of Marbles Peter Stroobosscher; 4 untitled Matt Poole; 6-7 untitled Christopher Filippini; 9 untitled Aimee Bell; 12-13 B. F. A. 2000: Luke Moore select works; 15 untitled Matt Stolle; 35 untitled Christopher Filippini; 36-37 B.F.A. 2000: Brian DeYong; 40-41 B. F. A. 2000: Stafford Trapp select works; 44 "Your tree" Eric Ebels; 48-49 B. F .A. 2000: Jill Bonner select works; 52-53 B.F .A. 2000: Jessica Getchell select works; 55 "Wonderstone" Travis J. Blom; 56-57 B. F. A. 2000: Mark Douma select works; 59 "The view from Moses" Peter La Grand; 60-61 B.F.A. 2000: Beth "Turtle" Barber select works

Poetry
8 "saint gregory's" Meagan Luhrs; 8 "march 1" Meagan Luhrs; 10-11 "'Three Berry Poems" Rebecca Ruth; 14 "The Needful Portion" Jesse Meyer; 45 "Insides Out" Fled; 46 "An American Fhoto Album" Jay Robinson; 47 "A V...

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Analysis and Critique of "Christ the Transformer of Culture" in the Thought of H. Richard Niebuhr, Michael Eugene Wittmer, CalvinTheological Seminary

This dissertation examines the world view slogan, "Christ the transformer of culture," in the thought of its creator, H. Richard Niebuhr. Although the phrase is popular in Neo-Calvinist circles, this study finds that its meaning in Niebuhr's theology deviates from Reformed orthodoxy. In order to understand what Niebuhr intends by Christ transforming culture, we begin by outlining his understanding of the biblical narrative of creation, fall, and redemption. Niebuhr describes the triadic community that exists between God, individuals, and the rest of creation. Unfortunately, humanity has always broken this community by distrusting God and being disloyal to his cause. Such depravity manifests itself in various henotheisms and polytheisms, which at bottom is a form of anthropocentrism. Nevertheless, God will inevitably reconcile the world to himself by instilling radical monotheism with...

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5 Editorial: "Dysfunctional Toasters" and the Human Condition" Peter Stroobosscher

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4 "Deus ex Machina" Jessica Getchell; 7 untitled Christopher Filippini; 9 untitled Tina Anderson; 12 untitled Stafford Trapp; 20-21 "bed pen" Phil Orr; 24 untitled Stafford Trapp
Book Review; 27 "Hello, Goodbye" (I) Matt Poole; 29 "nude reclining on asteroid" Josh Ippel; 31 "Hello, Goodbye." (II) Matt Poole; 32 untitled Luke Moore, Jessica Getchell, Jill Bonner; 37 untitled Beth "Turtle" Barber

Book Review
28 Travelling Marcies: Some thouhgts on Faith by Anne Lamott, Benjamin Boss

Poetry
8 "A midnight walk: the gypsy's eternity" Melissa Kruse; 10 "Poriphera's Swing" Tim Thompson; 11 "Slow in Coming but Waiting Hard" Jill Eelkema; 11 "Leftovers" Peter La Grand; 22 "A Doxology of L...

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Divine Passibility, Peter H. Vande Brake, CalvinTheological Seminary

The majority position in modern theology is that God is passible. Most modem theologians assert that the God portrayed by traditional theology is utterly impassible. They contend that the classical conception of God has been unduly influenced by Greek philosophical thought rather than biblical thinking This, however, is a hasty generalization that has little historical support. The word "impassibility" when it is used as a reference to God in modem theological discussions is taken to mean exclusively that God is "without the ability to have emotions and unable to experience suffering!' The historical material that deals with the issue of the impassibility of God makes the distinction that impassibility refers to the passions of God--those feelings or inclinations to participate in or commit sin. There are also very few theologians in any era who are willing to say that God cannot expe...