Posted on Tuesday, February 06, 2007 by Carl Trueman on Postcards from Palookaville

There is an obituary of J Alan Groves posted on the Westminster website, www.wts.edu, and a moving account of his last day on the family blog at www.algroves.info.  In times of such loss, it is good to remember that Christianity is not a religion of healing -- such has nothing to say in the face of death; it is a religion of resurrection.

Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2007 by Carl Trueman on Postcards from Palookaville

Some weeks back I noted a leading emergent webpage which spends it's time telling the reader how important and radical (in the Starbucks latte drinking sense of the word....) the particular person who writes on it is.  I raised the question of how, in the marketplace of ideas, Christians can promote the good and the true without promoting themselves.  In this context, I'm struck by the following comment from good old P T Forsyth, scarcely a conservative evangelical but a whole lot wiser than the emergent person on said website, and any who are tempted to think too highly of themselves, whatever their theological conviction:

Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2007 by Carl Trueman on Postcards from Palookaville

Once again, I put aside joking around just for a minute to ask blog readers to pray for my colleague, Alan Groves, and his family, as he struggles with cancer.  See http://www.algroves.info/

Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2007 by Carl Trueman on Postcards from Palookaville

Some more from Forsyth.  Theologians who have the gift of words that set minds on fire should be read:

Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2007 by Carl Trueman on Postcards from Palookaville

Follwing up on yesterday's blog and one one I posted a week or so ago, I would want to make the case that the problem with so many postmodern approaches to the world is that they fail to grasp the tragic nature of the human situation.  By dissolving the tragedies of life through moral and epistemological relativism, they really fail to be prophetic.  Only as these tragic dimensions are grasped do truly great theology and reflections on life emerge, why Augustine, Owen and Pascal are giants, and why Euripides and Shakespeare are still worth reading (incidentally, this is why satire is vastly superior to other forms of comedy, why Seinfeld is worth watching and Friends worth avoiding -- though my fear is that too many trendy theologians tend to Friends and Starbucks as the barometers of reality rather than Monty Python, British Instant Coffee and American attempts to make tea -- now there's a taste of the tragedy of life for you)

Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2007 by Carl Trueman on Postcards from Palookaville

I hate to break up the hilarity in which my good friends Messrs Trotter and Plectrum-Smith seem to be indulging, but I just spent a few moments looking at the webpage of a leading Emergent figure.

Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2007 by Carl Trueman on Postcards from Palookaville

I found myself in the invidious position of having to issue a clarification and apology for a theological analysis of an American "sport" (sic):

Posted on Thursday, January 04, 2007 by Carl Trueman on Postcards from Palookaville

There's a fascinating interview with N T Wright in the latest Christianity Today.  Worth reading as a whole but  I was particularly struck by the following comment:

Posted on Tuesday, January 02, 2007 by Carl Trueman on Postcards from Palookaville

In addition to Del's suggestions, I recommend Richard J Evans, Lying about Hitler (Basic Books).   Evans, Chair of Modern History at the University of Cambridge, was the expert witness at the Irving-Lipstadt trial in London, where British writer David Irving sued American professor, Deborah Lipstadt, over claims in her book, Denying the Holocaust (Penguin) that he was a Holocaust Denier.  Hmmmm, sounds familiar.  Seriously, Evans' book is a page turner -- partly a courtroom thriller, partly a first-hand account of how a great historian does his work.  What can I say?  A must-read, especially for theonomists.  Put down those stones and take up and read.....

Posted on Sunday, December 31, 2006 by Carl Trueman on Postcards from Palookaville

Forgot to point out one other obvious matter (implicit in my earlier blog but, on the basis of recent correspondence, I take nothing for granted as being obvious): RJR's point in citing other atrocities in World War Two relates directly to the other side of Holocaust Denial -- the relativisation of the whole thing.  Yes, the British bombed Hamburg; yes, the Allies betrayed the Poles; yes, the Russians had gulags -- but none of these involved the kind of systematic technology of intentional genocide which we find in the gas chambers of Auschwitz and which was so central to the post-Wannsee Final Solution.  The death toll was appalling (in the gulags it far exceeded the Nazi death camps -- but no gulag was designed specifically as a factory of death; they were slave labour camps) and the atrocities should not be excused; but to equate these with the Holocaust is to indulge in that other aspect of Holocaust Denial -- the downplaying of the role of anti-Semitic, racist  intention combined with the technological delivery of death, factory-production-line style; and, of course, it is basic to advocates of the kind of figures paraded by Rassinier, Irving and co that the gas chambers did not exist; indeed, the point is frequently explicit.

I will write no more on this.