Roger Olson

Roger Olson

Roger Olson is professor of theology at Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary. This commentary originally appeared on his blog and is used with permission.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 13:54

Wolfhart Pannenberg, R.I.P.

The influential theologian’s death Sept. 5 is a loss to Christian academia.

The drift of history does not decide truth.

Tuesday, 09 July 2013 14:19

Christians and capital punishment

Every ethicist chooses one particular social issue on which to focus -- at least for a time. Unfortunately, too few have focused on capital punishment for a sufficiently sustained time to bring about a sea change in public opinion.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013 15:03

An ethical God

For every divine command there is a reason. We may not know what it is yet, but we can have confidence that God never commands something arbitrarily.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 14:51

Remembering C. Everett Koop (and Lewis Smedes)

Some Christians find comfort in believing God kills people, including children, while others are repulsed by the idea.

Friday, 17 August 2012 13:00

Saying goodbye to a mentor and friend

Truett Seminary professor Roger Olson says if any of his students over the last 30 years have gotten any good out of him, a lot of credit goes to a mentor and friend who died Aug. 7.

Friday, 13 July 2012 10:43

The sin of conspicuous consumption

Is it appropriate for a Christian to buy a $200,000 motor home in a world where children in Haiti and other places are dying due to lack of clean water, life saving medicines and even food?

Yet another state, populated largely by people who consider themselves Christians, has apparently criminalized Christian behavior toward illegal immigrants. At least according to the Associated Press which says in an article published in my local newspaper June 10 that Alabama’s new immigration law makes it “a crime to knowingly give an illegal immigrant a ride.”

Tuesday, 19 April 2011 10:07

Capital punishment is sin

A controversy is raging over capital punishment in Texas -- a state that executes upwards of 30 to 35 people (almost all men and disproportionately African-American and poor) annually. Most Texas Christians favor capital punishment even though it has been shown repeatedly not to be a deterrent to crime. Life in prison serves just as well for that.