January 2006 Archives

Luther's Contribution to a Christian Sexual Ethic

Luther equates the inevitability of one's sexual impulses with one's being male or female, for just as the latter state is far outside our control of manipulating, so also is the former. This implies that all humans by design inevitably move toward multiplying through sexual intercourse. But this drive is not to be pursued unchecked, and marriage here is the checkrein. Also derived from this is Luther's conviction that within the estate of marriage, marital love elevates those involved above all other possible "love" relationships. In marriage, humans find the apex of physical existence.

Jacques Derrida's The Gift of Death

The content of The Gift of Death was originally presented at Royaumont, December 1990, in a conference entitled "the Ethics of the Gift". Gift in recent deconstructionist parlance has come to signify the unsignifiable, a Name for the ineffable. The Gift transcends all conceptualization yet underlies our more basic nature. It eludes all categorization while at the same time provides a meta-context within which all human philosophy and religion (erroneous or otherwise) takes place. For the deconstructionist the Gift is that boundless parameter within which all deconstruction takes place and progresses.
This essay will present first an overview of recent trends within historiography and then an alternative approach to historiography will be offered through which the following corollaries are defensible: (a) the credibility of Christianity's fundamental reliance upon historical figures and events as a basis of faith, proclamation, and scholarship; (b) the possibility of access, investigation, and verification of these same historical figures and events by non-Christian scholars; (c) the use of valid historical-critical methodologies with the expectation of ascertaining historical accuracy; and (d) recognition and integration of recent theories emphasizing the pervasive influence of the observer upon the object. It is my conviction that these corollaries must be defended if evangelical Christian faith and scholarship intend to in any way engage modern academia with the same claims they have traditionally espoused.