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Some interesting blog posts

October 12, 2011

Tonight, I thought I would mention some blog posts that I have come across recently that struck me as being noteworthy.  The first post I wanted to mention is one by Dr. Curtis Crenshaw, Dean of Cranmer House Reformed Episcopal Seminary, on William Barclay.  Barclay has been quite a popular commentator on the Bible, and yet his views are rather problematic.  Dean Crenshaw does a very good job of pointing out some of Barclay’s flaws; here is his introductory paragraph:

Because William Barclay has been so popular in some circles, I think that it is necessary to offer some corrections. The man did not hold to the inerrancy of Scripture. Unfortunately, we live in an age when popularity is more important than truth, when selling power is considered a measure of veracity and reputation is equal to inerrancy. So William Barclay is held in high esteem since he is well known, popular, and his commentaries sell well. However, if a man were to deny the Virgin Birth of Christ, His absolute deity, the miracles He performed, His substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, forgiveness of our sins by faith only in Christ, and eternal hell, no one would accuse him of being a Christian—indeed there would be no evidence for such a verdict! We shall see from Mr. Barclay’s own words that he denied all these truths.

Read the whole post, and you’ll see why I myself would recommend not using Barclay’s commentaries.

I’d also like to mention the Rev. Charles Erlandson’s two posts on Is Anglicanism Catholic? and Anglicanism is Reformed.  I think he presents a fair and balanced look at these two aspects of Anglicanism.  The comments to these posts are quite interesting as well.

Lastly, allow me to mention a blog I have read over the past few months – Grace Partakers by Carley Evans.  Carley writes a post a day, if I am counting correctly, on some Bible passage, as she says, “in hopes of sharing the love that God holds for His people.”  I think she fulfills that desire which God has given her admirably.

See what you think about these!

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  1. October 16, 2011 5:48 pm

    Hi Will
    I grew up in the Barclay era; when he was the post popular commentator and one would be considered foolish to not have his little red commentaries adorning one’s bookcase. Unfortunately he had a huge influence in the late sixties and seventies which seems to continue through to today. How he got away with it has always amazed me, but of course in the seventies there was the rapid rise of modern theologies e.g. theology of revolution, god is dead theology, Tillich and Bonhoeffer’s “Religionless Christianity” – Post Vatican II’s move into the world with new missionary zeal and openess which was a good thing I thought and then in the Anglican Communion was J A T Robinson with – But that I can’t believe and Honest to God and his Human face of God. All of these tumbled into the melting pot alongside of Barclay’s theology. Barclay – I would leave alone!

    • October 17, 2011 12:57 am

      Ed,

      I definitely do see that aspect: compared to the modern theologies that you mention, Barclay did come across as more orthodox. When I first encountered his writings they were being used by a minister I knew and it was only after reading what he wrote closely that I was able to realize Barclay was not really that sound. At the time I was not yet twenty and I guess that was my first exposure to finding questionable theology among clergy in what was at the time considered to be a relatively sound denomination – for the minister who was fond of Barclay was a Baptist! In Alabama, though, I think most Baptists have resisted the depredations of modern theologies in recent years.

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