Bad Days and Heresy: Duane W.H. Arnold, PhD

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19 Responses

  1. Well written Duane. Surprise ending there.

  2. Duane Arnold says:


    Many thanks…

  3. Michael says:

    I get closer to another heresy, which is doubting to goodness of God in His intentions toward me.
    Hard times lead to all manner of heresies…but the answer to them all is as you have written so well here.

  4. Oddly, I think good times are more dangerous than bad.

  5. Michael says:


    I don’t.
    I’ve seen too many people walk away lately and I’m hanging on for dear life myself.
    Yes, I know that Christ is hanging on to me, but I’m too worn out to care about theological nuance…

  6. I don’t blame you. Keep hanging on.

    I watched Bill Maher’s movie “Religulous” and something he said struck me as true. He said it was a luxury for him to not believe. Makes sense.

  7. Duane Arnold says:

    I think the importance of incarnational theology is that it is all encompassing… the good, the ordinary and the bad. We “play it out” in the Church Year, encompassing everything from the joy of Christmas to the desolation of Good Friday and beyond that to the Resurrection. It’s about us not being mere spectators, but participants in that all encompassing theology.

  8. Michael says:


    The problem there is that most have no incarnation theology.
    We need to fix that…

  9. Duane Arnold says:

    #8 Michael

    Indeed… maybe you should start posting sections of Ramsey’s “The Gospel and the Catholic Church”!

  10. Michael says:


    Quit spying on me… 🙂

    Coming soon…

  11. How could a Christian not have Incarnation Theology?

  12. Michael says:


    All Christians have some sort of theology around the Incarnation, but speaking for myself, it’s minimal.

    When I was thinking of becoming an Anglican I thought I understood the theology…see J.I. Packer and John Stott.

    Very cruciform theology.

    I only knew half the story…as historic Anglicanism has as much emphasis on the Incarnation as the Cross…it’s been revelatory…

  13. Ah, I see what you are saying.

  14. I just posted a quote from Leon Morris this morning and noticed he was Anglican. You guys read much of his work?

  15. Michael says:

    I love Leon Morris…was glad to see you quote him.

  16. Em says:

    My daughter loved that book. In grammar school – when it was her turn to bring her favorite book to class she brought “It Was a Terrible Horrible No Good Day” and her teacher told her that was an awful book and refused to let her read from it. Of the four my children attended, Olympic Elementary was not a good experience for any of my children

  17. Em says:

    As i read this post, i thot that there was another danger – slipping into Christian Science … ?
    To deny the force of evil in this world makes no sense. The devil is real, he is a hater of mankind and this world is still his sphere of influence. Yes, his fate is sealed and certain, but for now the war goes on and we hurt. Our hope and our strength to carry on is in God’s supply.
    God would never take my little son. He knew i’d never survive that. But He did and God came to me; the trauma did not cause me to seek Him. He literally spoke to me by means of God the Holy Spirit, “if there was any other way, this would not be happening.” And as I heard those words and felt an unseen presence lay a hand on my right shoulder, there was that strange joy Dr. Duane spoke of… The old hymn calls it “a deep settled peace” in the soul…. Sharing the experience with our church family encouraged them, but Satan took his swipes in comments made by others ( “you didn’t really love your child or you wouldn’t act like this”).
    But most of the time, IMX, our Faith is tested and God is glorified when we trust Him in spite of what we go through. And it is quite ‘natural’ to cry when we hurt. I do not think for one minute He holds it against us when we cry. Does God know when we need to cope even when we think we can’t and yet when we really can’t, He then takes over?

  18. Michael says:


    That was worth showing up for today…thank you…

  19. Duane Arnold says:

    #17 Em

    Yes, sometimes we find ourselves in the “dark places”… but we find that God is there as well.

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