Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Another Fun Theological Discussion

...only this time with way more verses thrown in. This is so fun!

Antonio and I got into a little bit of an argument, although I'm not exactly sure that we disagree on anything of substance. In fact, in the end I find it rather refreshing, albeit a reminder that I too can be guilty of misjudging what someone else is trying to say and launch into some lengthy diatribe with embarrassing results.

Case in point: my last post: in which I lambasted a guy for being more subtle than I thought he should be. I don't regret it, though: it was a good discussion.

I also don't regret being lambasted by Antonio: that was an even better discussion. They say you don't really know someone until you fight them. I think Antonio and I could be great friends.

If you're interested, please read these two posts and their attached comments (on the Unashamed of Grace blog).


  1. Just read the first post, and I'm with you on your comments there. James 2:26 sums it all up: For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

    On to the second post now. These all make for interesting reading.

  2. Just read the second post. I still agree with your comments. James 2 still sums it up for me. All an interesting read, as I said, and good for the brain to think about!

  3. Deborah, what do you James means when he says that?

  4. Tim.

    I probably misjudged you as a card-carrying 5pter. Did I? If so, how would you describe your theology? Be as brief or verbose as you like.

    Thank you for your kind comments.


  5. James 2:26 is easy.

    A body without a spirit (spirit is the animating portion of the body. In its absence, the body is profitless) is like faith without works (works are an animating factor for faith).

    Works animate, vitalize, energize our faith.

    When we don't add works to our faith, our faith becomes profitless; a dead orthodoxy.


    Faith without works is still faith

    as a bicycle without a rider is still a bicycle.

    The works animate faith as a rider animates a bicycle.

    But faith - works still equals faith.

    As a bicycle - a rider still equals a bicycle.