Man-Centered vs. God-Centered 5: Summary & Conclusion

SEEKING CLARITY AND NUANCE So, where does this leave us on the tired old debate over so-called "man-centered" theology vs. "God-centered" theology?  We must set the record straight on the main and plain things.  And on the deeper complexities we must seek greater clarity and nuance in our rhetoric. I have attempted to expose the … Continue reading Man-Centered vs. God-Centered 5: Summary & Conclusion

Man-Centered vs. God-Centered 4: How is God Glorified?

How is God glorified by human beings? Our chief end is to glorify God with our lives.  Our chief temptation, from Genesis 3 onward, is to "exchange the glory of the immortal God" for lesser glory -- especially glorification of man (cf. Rom. 1:23). I agree with this whole-heartedly.  But how exactly is God most … Continue reading Man-Centered vs. God-Centered 4: How is God Glorified?

Man-Centered vs. God-Centered 3: Is God an Idolater?

I am unpacking some thoughts on both the validity of the man-centered vs. God-centered debate and offering some healthy push back on the fuzzy, over-extension of this line of reasoning.  I see a distortion of both the character of God and what it means for human beings to glorify God.  Michael Spencer began his post … Continue reading Man-Centered vs. God-Centered 3: Is God an Idolater?

Man-Centered vs. God-Centered 2: Reasons Behind the Debate

I am unpacking some thoughts on both the validity of the man-centered vs. God-centered debate and offering some healthy push back on the fuzzy, over-extension of this line of reasoning. Michael Spencer began his post on this topic with a wise disclaimer I would like to echo: These posts are, without a doubt, an experiment … Continue reading Man-Centered vs. God-Centered 2: Reasons Behind the Debate

Man-Centered vs. God-Centered 1: Introducing the Debate

Why do so many Christians, notably conservative Evangelicals and Reformed brothers and sisters, often put the glorification of God at odds with human attempts at excellence?  Does striving for greatness always lead to human pride and undercut the magnification of God?  Does a strong focus on the needs and concerns of human beings always result … Continue reading Man-Centered vs. God-Centered 1: Introducing the Debate