A Dialogue in Biblical Interpretation – Part 1
On May 8, 2019, DUMC hosted a panel discussion on human sexuality, followed by questions and answers. Professors from Emory’s Candler School of Theology, Rev. Dr. Kendall Soulen and Rev. Dr. Kevin Watson, led the discussion offering opposing perspectives of Biblical interpretation and marriage within Christian communities. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkNCmsatTlE
A Dialogue in Biblical Interpretation – Part 2
Understanding the Jewish people in God’s economy Part 1 | Dr. Kendall Soulen
An interview (in two parts) with Professor R. Kendall Soulen, author of the book The God of Israel and Christian Theology (Fortress Press, 1996) For many Christians, the New Testament has replaced the Old, and the Church has replaced the Jews as God´s people. Simply put, most Christians believe (consciously or unconsciously) that Jews should become Christians and leave behind their Jewishness. This way of approaching the Bible is usually referred to as “replacement” or “supercessionist” theology. In this interview, Dr. R. Kendall Soulen explains how the Old and New Testaments in fact do not support this line of thinking. On the contrary, the universality of Jesus and the gospel revealed in the New Testament can only be fully understood if it is seen in the context of God’s stated ongoing faithfulness to the Jewish people. The God of the Old Testament is the same God as the God of the New Testament. Dr. Soulen explains how and why supercessionist thinking developed in the early church. He demonstrates why Christians must abandon this line of thinking we are to understand God’s purposes with this suffering and broken world. And he offers suggestions for a Christian theology that fully embraces the redeeming work of Jesus Christ, but which also does justice to God’s majesty, His love for all peoples, and His faithfulness to His own promises.
The Trinity in Wesleyan Perspective
R. Kendall Soulen, Candler graduate (86T), director of the Master of Theological Studies program and professor of systematic theology at Wesley Theological Seminary, delivers his Dean’s Lecture entitled “The Name of the Trinity in Wesleyan Perspective: An Ecosystem of Praise and Solidarity.”
Soulen’s lecture will explore naming the Trinity. Following the example of Charles Wesley’s Hymns on the Trinity (1767), he will suggest that perhaps the most appropriate way to name the Trinity is really a vibrant ecosystem of ways. “As an ecosystem of praise, the church is also an ecosystem of solidarity, in and for the world,” he writes. Soulen will consider the nineteenth century black female evangelist Zilpha Elaw to illustrate what this means.