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The harmony of translating “torah” as “covenant obligation” with accessibilist soteriology

McKnight’s suggested translation of torah A few weeks ago, I very much enjoyed a podcast by Scot McKnight, regarding his translation project for the “second Testament.” I heard many interesting comments on decisions he had been making, but one particularly caught my attention. I was especially delighted with his suggestion that “covenant obligation” is the best way to render torah. The framework of accessibilist soteriology I particularly appreciate that translation because it fits so beautifully within … Continue reading

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What authority should we give to the conscience?

Naselli’s explanation of why our understanding of the conscience matters In a previous post, I shared some of the presentation made by Andrew Naselli (of Bethlehem College and Seminary) at the ETS meetings in Baltimore, in his paper entitled: “Defining the Conscience (Suneidesis): What It Means and Five Reasons It Matters.” After defining the conscience, he does a good job of identifying five reasons why it matters how we define the “conscience.” It helps us … Continue reading

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What is a conscience, and what is the source of the moral standards to which it testifies?

Why does our concept of the conscience matter theologically? The human conscience keenly interests me because of its role in various theological disciplines. It comes into ethics and hamartiology (the doctrine of sin) because of the way our concept of the conscience informs our understanding of guilt. It is significant soteriologically when we ponder what people must know in order to be saved, and what response to God’s revelation pleases God and results in his … Continue reading

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