Book Review: Theodicy of Love: Cosmic Conflict and the Problem of Evil John C. Peckham

Book Review: Theodicy of Love: Cosmic Conflict and the Problem of Evil John C. Peckham

The issue of theodicy goes centuries back and has been summarized by Hume in Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion as follows: Epicurus’s old questions are yet unanswered. Is he [God] willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then is he impotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then is he malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Whence then is evil?[i] I

Book Review: Ellen White’s Afterlife: Delightful Fictions, Troubling Facts, Enlightening Research

Book Review: Ellen White’s Afterlife: Delightful Fictions, Troubling Facts, Enlightening Research

Knight’s writing contribution to this book consists primarily of some sixty pages. Don’t be misled, though; those sixty pages make it worth the purchase. Few authors can pull that off, but… it’s George Knight. These have been some of the most enlightening words I’ve read in the last decade, and I have been studying in academia for even longer than

Book Review: 1919: The Untold Story of Adventism’s Struggle with Fundamentalism

Book Review: 1919: The Untold Story of Adventism’s Struggle with Fundamentalism

I read this book in one breath. Not only because it is relatively short and well written, but because it is filled with historical research that helps contextualize a major challenge of our church: biblical interpretation. If you think our hermeneutical struggles are recent, you may be surprised to discover that some core dissensions go at least on

Book Review: God’s Character and the Last Generation

Book Review: God’s Character and the Last Generation

The book God’s Character and the Last Generation is at once well-timed and long overdue. It is well-timed because the topics presented are of massive importance for those of us believing or hoping to live in the last days of our corrupt earth’s history, and it is long overdue because some of the problems discussed have troubled the Adventist church

Book Recaps Adventism’s African-American Triumphs and Tragedies

Book Recaps Adventism’s African-American Triumphs and Tragedies

“It is impossible to be truly affected by the redemptive aspects of scripture and not long for social as well as spiritual freedom” (pg. 226). This, you could say, was the lived drama that Calvin Rock sought to explore, and what an exploration it was. Dr. Rock is no stranger to the Seventh-day Adventist church’s roster of leaders. In fact, his dedi

If Adventists Are ‘People of the Book,’ Which Bible Translation Is Best? All of Them, One Author Says

If Adventists Are ‘People of the Book,’ Which Bible Translation Is Best? All of Them, One Author Says

There’s an old, old joke—did I mention it was old?—in Christian circles that if the Authorized, or King James, version of the Bible was good enough for Christ and the Apostles, it should be good enough for us today.   Knowledgeable folks know it’s a joke, because they know that (a) Jesus spoke Hebrew and Aramaic, not 16th Century English and (

The Love of God: A Canonical Model

The Love of God: A Canonical Model

The opening chapter of Peckham’s 2015 IVP Reader’s Choice Award-winning book introduces two major and conflicting models of Divine love: the transcendent-voluntarist model–an inheritance of classical theism, and the immanent-experientialist model–representing process theism. In classical theism, God is characterized as “self-sufficient, perfect, si