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1980s-1990s Writings

Writings from my ‘early years.’  This is kind of an archaeological expedition for me, uncovering what I wrote in the past, re-membering it, and hopefully integrating what I have learned in the past with what I am learning in the present.  I cannot vouch for the quality of all of these occasional writings.

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1990-4-19 Christ the Man

Here is a paper I wrote as a freshman in college on the Book of Hebrews.  Note that my last name was Holm before I married, and note the note quite politically correct, though historically correct title – what is essential is that Jesus was fully human (and fully divine); he also happened to be …

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1993-11 Plurality, Rationality, Christian Faith

The following paper was the final version of a longer paper I wrote on the subject of the rationality of religious belief.  The original paper, which I completed for a NEH Younger Scholars program, focused on William James and William Alston. Plurality. Rationality, and Christian Faith[1] Eric P. (Holm) Lemonholm November 8, 1993 Introduction This …

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1997-1-12 Beyond Inclusivism

Beyond Inclusivism in Interreligious Dialogue Paper for a course on The Theology of Paul Tillich January 12, 1997 Eric P. Lemonholm We live in a multi-religious world.  This situation is unlikely to change in the foreseeable future.  How can a believer live in the tension between commitment to her particular faith and openness to radical otherness?  …

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1997-1-17 Converting the Child

Converting the Child: The Religious Conversion of Children Eric P. Lemonholm  January 17, 1997 I. Introduction: Converting the Child Pre-adolescent religious conversion is common among many more conservative, charismatic, or fundamentalist churches in the United States.  To take one example, in the Southern Baptist Church, it is becoming common for preschool children to be baptized.  …

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1997-1-29 Inerrancy

Inerrancy?  Eric P. Lemonholm William Dembski wrote an intriguing article in the March 1996 Princeton Theological Review entitled “The Problem of Error in Scripture.”  Dembski’s basic position seems to be shared by many here at PTS.  The question I have is this: What difference does the doctrine of inerrancy make in how we read Scripture, …

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1997-11-3 Christology and Feminism

Eric Paul Lemonholm November 3, 1997 TH 222: Systematic Theology II Professors Ellen Charry and Bruce McCormack Christology and Feminism The theologians Elizabeth A. Johnson and Rosemary Radford Ruether develop powerful critiques of classical Christology, and they reformulate Christology in the light of feminist thought.  I will argue that Johnson and Ruether develop a necessary …

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1997-3-2 Biblical, Theological Interpretation

Biblical, Theological Interpretation Eric Lemonholm March 2, 1997 I must start by naming my standpoint, giving a sense of my space in relation to the Bible and to other readers.  The “Holm” in my name is from my Swedish and Norwegian heritage; the “Lemons” is from my wife Mindy’s French, English, Russian, Native American, etc., …

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1997-9-29 Entrance Essay

Here is my Entrance Essay for the process of ordination in the ELCA. Entrance Essay Eric Lemonholm Princeton, NJ September 29, 1997 It is often only upon reflection that one can see that the strands of action, conviction, and circumstance in one’s life form a coherent whole.  If my life is a journey marked by …

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1998-1-10 Bonhoeffer, Discipleship, and the Self

Eric Paul Lemonholm January 10, 1998 Dr. Nancy J. Duff Preceptor Christopher Rogers ET460: Bonhoeffer Bonhoeffer, Discipleship, and the Self  In this paper, I shall explore Bonhoeffer’s concept of discipleship and its relation to the self.  I am especially interested in the pastoral application of Bonhoeffer’s The Cost of Discipleship, in conversation with some of …

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1998-1-14 Brief Encounter with Hinduism

Eric Paul Lemonholm January 14, 1998 Dr. Charles Ryerson HR 345: Hinduism A Brief Encounter with Hinduism This course on Hinduism has been a good introduction to a deep and broad subject.  I come to this class as a Christian who grew up in a conservative evangelical context in Northern Minnesota, but I am a …

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1998-1-23 Discipleship and the Individual

Eric Paul Lemonholm January 23, 1998 Dr. Richard K. Fenn and Dr. Donald Capps CS 364: Religion, Self, and Society The Church, Discipleship, and the Individual   Ain’t No End Pick up the pieces and pack up your mind You don’t ask for what you have to find Many people rolling out to sea Let …

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1998-12-12 Pastoral Care for Men

Eric Paul Lemonholm December 12, 2998 Dr. Timothy J. Wengert Luther and the Law Pastoral Care for Men This paper is an attempt to develop a Lutheran understanding of pastoral care for men.  I shall begin by exploring Martin Luther’s writings in his historical context, with an eye to light they may shed on pastoral …

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1999-5-14 The Ascension and Time

Eric Paul Lemonholm May 14, 1999 Dr. Robert W. Jenson An Ecumenical Theology The Ascension in the Light of a Biblical Metaphysic Every Sunday, in churches all over the world, Christians confess that Jesus “ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.”  What do we mean when we confess that?  …

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1999-5-17 Barbecue Hospitality

Eric Lemonholm May 17, 1999 Dr. Gordon W. Lathrop Introduction to Parish Liturgy Men, Barbecue Hospitality, and the Lord’s Supper Men search for “a life worth living”[1] in their work, relationships, often at the local bar.  Less often than women, statistically speaking, American men find meaning for life in the Christian church.  In this paper, …

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1999-8-23 Approval Essay

Here is my Approval Essay for ordination, submitted August 23, 1999.  It consists of the following elements: 1. A sermon envisioned to be preached on New Year’s Eve, 1999. 2. An essay about arguments for and against capital punishment, relating to the Lutheran Confessions. 3. A section on Leadership and the Practice of Ministry referring …

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Just Some Poems

Back in high school (1986-1989), I wrote some funny poetry, and some bad poetry, and some funny bad poetry.  It’s kind of like the Plan 9 From Outer Space of poetry.  Enjoy! – Eric Lemonholm Just Some Poems by Eric P Holm (Lemonholm): The High School Years   Primate Malevolence Orangutan Bran Flakes, I sprinkle …

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