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Dr. A. J. Swoboda (PhD University of Birmingham), assistant professor of Bible, theology, and world Christianity, has written a terrific book for everyone who struggles with doubt. It is called After Doubt: How to Question Your Faith without Losing It(Brazos Press, 2021). He joins David Capes on “The Stone Chapel” to discuss what motivated him to write the book and what he has learned by walking with people who wrestle with doubt for the last twenty years. Doubt and deconstruction are normal parts of the theological journey, he believes. But ultimately, the journey does not have to end in “shipwreck.” With the right guides and right disciplines, it is possible to stay on the journey with a stronger, more resilient faith. But there are no quick fixes or easy rides.
To hear the podcast (22 min.) click here.
The Stone Chapel is a podcast of the friends and staff of the Lanier Theological Library in Houston, Texas. It is hosted by Dr. David Capes, Senior Research Fellow at the library and former faculty member at Houston Baptist University and Wheaton College. The purpose of the podcast is to bring to our audience great conversations from the world’s leading experts in theology, biblical studies, archaeology, Church history, the Dead Sea Scrolls, ethics, ministry, and a host of other topics close to the mission of the library.
The Lanier Theological Library is a magnet for scholars, church leaders and influencers. For the last ten years, it has welcomed hundreds of academics and church leaders from across the globe for public lectures, study, panel discussions, consultations, and encouragement.
These podcasts as well as the Lanier library and the Stone Chapel are generously underwritten by Mark and Becky Lanier and the Lanier Theological Library Foundation. If you have questions or comments, please be in touch: Email email@example.com
Rob Bradshaw, librarian at Spurgeon’s College in south London, has been digitizing articles, journals and books for 20 year to provide people around the world access to high value theological resources. His website, www.theologyontheweb.org.uk, is a hub for a variety of websites that links pastors, students and teachers with resources in biblical studies, theology, church history and practice theology. After working in Nepal, Rob realized how deeply poverty was affecting Christians around the world. Nepalese Christian leaders who wanted to learn had no way because resources were not available. To date, he and his wife have digitized or digitised (British spelling) over 45,000 articles and hundreds of books. The work is hard, expensive and painstaking, yet Rob has a calling. He has had over two million visits to his site and seven tera-bytes of downloads. As the shadow of Covid-19 grows longer, those who have no theological library ready to hand are turning more and more to “TheologyontheWeb.”
To listen to the podcast (20 minutes) click here.
In part two Bruce Chilton, Bernard Iddings Professor of Religion at Bard College (New York), continues his conversation with David Capes about elements of his book, Resurrection Logic: How Jesus’ First Followers Believed God Raised Him from the Dead (Baylor University Press, 2019). How does the resurrection of Jesus compare with ancient myths about the dying and rising gods? What does Paul say about what it means to be human? How does the Jesus’ resurrection call forth a new humanity and a new creation?
To hear the 20 minute podcast click here.
Last year I had the great honor to talk with Dr. Bruce Chilton at the Lanier Theological Library about his new book Resurrection Logic: How Jesus’ First Followers Believed God Raised Him from the Dead. The conversation was so rich that we divided the podcast into parts 1 and 2.
Terry Cokenour, a patron of the library, stopped by to talk with David Capes about his doctoral thesis at the London School of Theology. Here is his title: “An Invitation to Thought: Ambiguities in the Apologetics of C. S. Lewis.” Terry has been coming to the Lanier Theological Library since 2011 with a lengthy pause when he served as a missionary and church leader in Budapest, Hungary. He talks about how he came to focus his research and his spiritual heart on the writings of C. S. Lewis and to love the mystery he finds in his writings.
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