It was good to be at the John Owen Centre again today for our regular TSG. Our book this time was Simply God by Peter Sanlon. The book defends the traditional view of the doctrine of God and the importance of systematic theology, emphasising the simplicity of God. The book interacts with various recent ideas such as Open Theism and the high view of the Trinity promoted by Colin Gunton and others. Seven of us, mostly ministers, met to discuss the book. Mostyn Roberts kindly led. We were pretty sympathetic although we sometimes found it hard to accept all his statements, fearing at times that his penchant for Thomas Aquinas had grown too strong.
Bonhoeffer uses a similar phrase 'worldly Christianity'. It's J Gresham Machen that I want to line up most closely with. See his Christianity and culture here. Having done commentaries on Proverbs (Heavenly Wisdom) and Song of Songs (Heavenly Love), a matching title for Ecclesiastes would be Heavenly Worldliness. For my stance on worldliness, see 3 posts here.