The Broken Way

Ann Voskamp's style is hard for some people to take. Her books are prose poetry, and those who are interested in a strictly academic systematic theology will be disappointed. I find that her writing style is the most common criticism by people who don't like her books. I, however, love the way she writes. It's like an amalgam of T.S. Eliot and Bonhoeffer.

Another criticism I've heard of Voskamp is that her theology is heretical mysticism that perverts the gospel. I read one "discernment" blogger saying that she could hear the whispering of the serpent through Ann Voskamp's writing. I honestly don't get this one at all. I didn't find any trace of bad doctrine in this book at all. Maybe she emphasizes things in a different way than I would, maybe she uses non-standard theological vocabulary, but what she is presenting here is a pretty solid theology of suffering such as Martin Luther would have undoubtedly approved. She's also probably more well…

Explore, Experiment, Discover

"Instead of a necessarian view of the cosmos, the Bible envelops creation in contingency. We understand contingency in two contexts. First, creation is separate from the Creator and thereby dependent upon its Creator for its existence and life. In other words, the source and life of every aspect of the created order is the All-Wise, Transcendent God of Scripture. Second, since creation is God’s free choice, it could have been something else. God drafts creation as a fine artist. Creation is therefore laden with a multiplicity of treasure chests, each hiding a different aspect of His creative wisdom. God, therefore, commands man to “search it out.” The nature of the physical creation, i.e., the nature of objective reality, entreats man to engage his empirical skills to explore, experiment, discover."

-from The Incarnation of the Word and the Transformation of the Landscape of Mathematics by
James Nickel

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