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January 31, 2009

A partial response to Elisee Ouoba on the issue of the church's stance on abortion

Filed under: ethics,politics — Petros @ 9:46 pm
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I want to thank you for your commentary on the American church. It is useful, because as a doctoral student in America, you may be able see things to which we ourselves are blind. I am in Canada, so I am not aware of how such issues affect the church in the US except through my reading. I am not an anti-abortion activist. But I am opposed to the practice and I also see it as an important issue for judging the character of a political candidate.

With regard to abortions, the reason it makes no difference which party is in power is that the policy is no longer determined by a democratically elected legislatures; in 1973, the judicial branch, the Supreme Court of the United States, took away the authority to decide the legality of abortion from the legislative branches–this is an usurpation of democracy, taking the right from the people to form the laws that will govern them. The Supreme Court decision in 1973, Roe vs. Wade, wiped out all of the abortion laws in 50 states. It went from being a public policy issue to the privacy issue regarding woman’s right to do with her own body what she wants. There is a series of seminal articles on this subject in First Things November 1996.
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Discussion at Civitate Dei on Homosexuals in the Church

Filed under: biblical studies — Petros @ 10:13 am
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A member of my church is a co-creator of a blog called Civate Dei.  Lately they have been discussing the conditions under which homosexuals may be participants in church.  I have contributed to the discussion.  One participant has taken exception to my interpretation of a couple of Pauline passages (Romans 1; 1 Cor 6.9-11); he has suggested that I read the French philosopher Michael Foucault’s works on sexuality.

I invite my African friends to have a look at this discussion.  I have heard that African Anglicans are particularly confused about this debate saying that when the missionaries brought the gospel, they insisted that the new converts abide by the church’s strict code on sexuality.  Now, however, the mother church comes to Africa and says, “Never mind”.  Any comments?

January 21, 2009

The Acts of Paul and the Pauline Legacy in the Second Century (Cambridge, 1996)

The Acts of Paul and the Pauline Legacy in the Second Century (pdf; 1.3 mb)

I have now offered my PhD dissertation on the world wide web at actapauli.wordpress.com.

Voir ce resumé en français.

January 20, 2009

Education in Early Judaism

Education in Early Judaism: A Historical Model for Theological Education Overseas (pdf)

In 1991, I presented a version of this paper to a seminar course at Regent College on Theological Education Overseas held by Profs. Ward Gasque and Paul Stevens.  In a recent conversation with Richard Houmegni, registrar at Bangui Evangelical School of Theology, it became apparent that the non-western model offered by education in early Judaism could be helpful for addressing the problems facing youth in Africa.

NB: I became discouraged from offering this paper for the Carl Armerding festschrift because I was utterly depended on secondary sources; so I wish to offer my gratitude for the authors of the bibliography of the paper.

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