Plantinga’s concept of sin as a vandalism or violation of shalom or “the way things are supposed to be” suggests that Eden was the intended state of creation. Then that silly old Adam and Eve came along and messed everything up for everyone (their “juvenile pride and disbelief triggering disobedience, scapegoating, and flight from God,” p. 30 – I cheated [...]

In about a month, 1Q84 will join Not The Way It’s Supposed to Be on my attentive reading list for the year.  I’m not sure there will be a post for every line on the reading schedule, but that is where I will be if you would like to read along or be ready with a guest post / posting on [...]

Plantinga’s argument in Not the Way I’ts Supposed to Be is that we know that something is off. We know that the world, while not unreal, is closer to a fun-house mirror than reality. As discussed last week, if this instinct is called conscience then the argument drives the definition of sin toward ethics.  A solution to this is to label sin [...]

If you are like most people you took a Myers Briggs quiz at some point, received a couple of pages on your personality type that you thought were more or less accurate and promptly forgot about the whole thing.  You already know who you are, so what is the point of having someone else tell you who you are?  If [...]

Aaron has a particular agitation about circular arguments in theology.  He sat down for our discussion of chapter 1 of Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be repeating an argument he had already made via email.  “Sin is anti-shalom and shalom is the absence of sin?  This is like saying 2 plus 2 is 4, and then you take away [...]