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Author Roger Olson

Roger Olson is the Foy Valentine professor of Christian theology and ethics at George W. Truett Theological Seminary in Waco, Texas. He is the author of numerous books, including “Counterfeit Christianity” and “The Story of Christian Theology.”

Whatever happened to Missions Sunday? Does anyone else remember when almost every evangelical church devoted one Sunday every quarter, if not every month, to world missions and world evangelism? Sure, I know, a lot of our evangelical practices were what would now be called culturally insensitive if not “colonial,” but at least we sent many […] Read More

Many churches of all denominations send their people, usually young people (but not always), on “mission trips” to work and witness in a different culture from their own. Often (but not always) such one- to two-week excursions aim at a place far from home perceived to be “needy” in some sense. The church people go […] Read More

Christian thinkers support a variety of economic theories as “middle axioms” (whether they call them that or not) for implementing Kingdom ethics within the world that is not yet the Kingdom of God. Some strongly support communism without the Marxian atheism that they argue is not part and parcel of communism as an economic theory. […] Read More

For good reason economics is traditionally labeled “the dismal science.” Even the best economists in the world radically disagree with each other about how best to predict a society’s economic future and how best to program its distribution of goods so as to promote universal well-being. One reason for that is radically differing presuppositions about […] Read More

Never in my lifetime have I experienced the kind of harsh rhetoric being thrown around between and among equally devout Christians over political differences of opinion. Much of it happens on Facebook. Christians there (and elsewhere) are using ridicule, for example, not only to promote their own political preferences but also to demean and insult […] Read More

Some equate “American evangelicalism” with a far right-wing political movement. They base this on a combination of two factors: First, many leading spokespersons for far-right wing American politics call themselves “evangelicals.” This has been going on since fundamentalists Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson established movements within American evangelicalism to promote conservative social and political causes. […] Read More

Do all atheists deny the same God? “Atheism” literally means, “without belief in God.” However, it has come to refer to denial of the existence of God to distinguish it from “agnosticism,” which is denial of knowledge of God. Atheism affirms that God does not exist; atheists claim to know that or at least strongly […] Read More

I agree with the late Catholic theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar that the rise of nominalism in especially Western cultures has been a “catastrophe.” As Balthasar explained in his manifesto, “The God Question and Modern Man,” nominalism led to secularism, which led to “forgetfulness of beauty” and ultimately the dehumanizing of “man.” So what is […] Read More

A new television sitcom, “The Grinder,” holds up a mirror that should make us ashamed or at least embarrassed. I watch a lot of television because it helps me keep in touch with popular culture and my students. Knowing what’s on TV helps me relate to students and understand American culture. Karl Barth is supposed […] Read More

One of the most famous questions ever asked in public of a public person was U.S. Army counsel Joseph Welch’s question to Sen. Joseph McCarthy in 1954 during McCarthy’s anti-communist witch hunt in Congress. In total disgust, Welch asked McCarthy, “At long last, Senator, have you no sense of decency?” This was an example of […] Read More