Category Archives: Annotated Quotations

Third-party thought-prompters: quotations, usually with some form of annotation by Pious Eye.

Hoping the Best for C. S. Lewis: Reflections on Robbins

Image: Foggy Foothpath © Copyright Dave Smethurst and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons License. One seminary I attended, Bethel Seminary San Diego, hosted lectures this week by a C. S. Lewis scholar. Though I did not attend the … Continue reading

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Justice? Yes. “Social Justice”? No.

Hayek, Friedrich A. “’Social’ or Distributive Justice.” Chapter 9 in Law, Legislation and Liberty: A New Statement of the Liberal Principles of Justice and Political Economy, Volume 2: The Mirage of Social Justice. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1976. Pages … Continue reading

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To See Scripture’s Plain Meaning Requires A PIOUS Eye

Do Christians disagree in their interpretations of Scripture because Scripture is unclear, perhaps because spiritual truths transcend human language and so cannot be perfectly captured in words? Though many today would answer, “yes,” Samuel Hopkins, writing at the end of … Continue reading

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“Stay Hungry” For Better Piety

Though his text should carry a warning for much of its content (page 68’s error of calling unborn children “potential life” is especially grievous, and scripturally-suspect psychobabble abounds), John White does, in this late-seventies text, provide some information of possible … Continue reading

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Does This Watch Make Me Look Old?

John D. Morris, Ph.D., concludes a discussion of various methods for determining the age of the earth by noting how those methods that indicate young ages seem reasonably expected to be more reliable than those indicating ages sufficiently old to … Continue reading

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Christendom is Dead; Long Live Fundom?

Image courtesy ellenm1 (Creative Commons license).Writing in 1985, Neil Postman suggested that the rise of television to its central place in contemporary culture has negatively affected public discourse in multiple and evident ways. How the ascendancy of the Internet has … Continue reading

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Change The Bible Doesn’t Believe In

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Looking Inward Is Not The Path To Piety

Richard Ganz condemns the growing popularity in Christian circles of such self-exploratory therapies as “healing of memories,” which Pious Eye would note (from his own observation and experience) seem very popular in seminary “spiritual formation” courses. (Politically correct lamenting over, … Continue reading

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If It’s Nonsense, It’s (Still) Not Pious

Ronald H. Nash emphasizes the nature of the Christian God as one who can be known and who communicates verbally with persons he has specially created with an ability to understand such communications. Rationality and perspicuity, not irrationality and ineffable … Continue reading

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Pious Prior Commitment And Choosing A Fork

Yesterday’s quote asked if Byzantine-priority or Majority Text theory is “less naturalistic and anthropocentric, and so more pious (and less impious), than the highly naturalistic and anthropocentric methodology of the eclectics.” In today’s quote, the late Theodore P. Letis answers … Continue reading

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Forked Path In The Forest of New Testament Manuscripts

Maurice Robinson contrasts the Byzantine-priority (AKA Majority Text) approach to New Testament Textual Criticism, which he favors (and which in turn favors such versions as the King James, 21st Century King James, and New King James), to the dominant eclectic … Continue reading

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How Can A Gospel Presentation Be Wrong When It Feels So Right?

Will Metzger warns against utilizing a watered-down “feel good” gospel to make Christian faith seem more appealing to unbelievers. “God has a wonderful plan for your life!” and “Won’t you give Jesus a chance?” may feel good to say, but … Continue reading

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Shrinks A Sign of Shrinking Piety?

Martin and Deidre Bobgan assert that the prudent course for the pious is to choose biblical counseling over either secular psychotherapy or the many biblical-secular/pious-impious hybridizations offered as “Christian” psychotherapy. Do you (like Pious Eye) think they’re right? Or do … Continue reading

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