Salvation at Yale

by May 6, 2011Humor1 comment

Last summer I took a course at Yale Divinity School’s Jonathan Edwards Center on Edwards’ Religious Affections. I enjoyed it very much. This summer I’m considering taking another course there. I was looking through the course offerings, and I came across this:


I gather that the instructor takes a position somewhat different from my own, which wouldn’t be all bad. I’m sure I would have much to learn from him. But what struck me was a little word in the middle of the last paragraph, a brand new coinage, I think. Can you find it?

Instructor: Fred Simmons is assistant professor of ethics at Yale Divinity School. His research and teaching examine the moral implications of Christian theological commitments and the relationships between philosophical and theological ethics. He is completing a book on the ethical and potential esoteriological significance of ecology for contemporary Christians, and is co-editing a volume on love and Christian ethics.

What is “esoteriological significance”? This caught my fancy. It’s apparently some truth about salvation (hence, soteriological) that is available only to the elite few (hence, esoteric). I am not surprised that the predominantly liberal Yale Divinity School would claim knowledge of such truth—or that it would be related to ecology. I’m guessing that salvation, in the liberal view, now comes primarily through reducing your carbon footprint.

Read More 

Biblical Worldview: Creation, Fall, Redemption Promo Video

Biblical Worldview: Creation, Fall, Redemption now has a promo page on If you haven't yet purchased a copy, you will want to do so now that there is a promo page. Bryan Smith, the presenter on the video there, is the one whose vision I was trying to live...

Biblical Worldview: Creation, Fall, Redemption

I finally got my copy. It's the culmination of my nine years at BJU Press and the one book of mine most likely to actually get read: Biblical Worldview: Creation, Fall, Redemption, a 12th grade Bible textbook for Christian and home schools. But I can't say the book is...

Leave a comment.

1 Comment
  1. Wesley Barley

    Thanks Mark:) That last paragraph is masterfully written:)