Most folks call me Tucker. I am a writer and a lay theologian. I have a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies, though I credit it for very little of my theological knowledge or spiritual formation. Most of what I know and how I think about theology and the Christian faith I credit to my parents, and especially to my dad. Like Polycarp was to the Apostle John, I am the disciple of Paul Tucker.
I grew up overseas, in Europe and several countries in Central and West Africa (not South Africa!). My parents were missionaries with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Both have master’s degrees in linguistics, and my dad is currently in the last stages of finishing his dissertation and completing his Ph.D in a more specialized area of the field of linguistics (perhaps you’ve heard the saying about higher education, that as you progress you learn more and more about less and less, until you know all there is to know about absolutely nothing).
My dad, who is an Old Testament scholar and fluent in both modern and Biblical Hebrew, was Wycliffe’s translation consultant for much of West Africa. He oversaw and checked the accuracy of the work done by many different translation teams into many different African languages. He is currently the Chief Product Officer (CPO) and Vice President of Research and Product Development at a cutting edge language assessment company, and an internationally recognized expert on language assessment. He does impressive things like represent the United States at international summits in China, and other things that I can’t even keep track of. Obviously, he also has much better time management skills than I do.
Far more than anything having to do with my degree, I am a product of my parents’ household.
As I writer, I got my start writing for public consumption as an NBA basketball blogger. I launched and ran what became the largest Lakers blog on these internets not run by ESPN or the LA Times, before handing it off one of the other writers I had recruited so that I could focus on providing for my family and pursuing passions more important to me than sports.
More than anything else, this is that passion.
About This Blog
This is a blog about Christian theology, from a theologically conservative perspective, with a thoughtful, intellectual, rational approach.
I would describe myself as theologically orthodox, except that I’m not sure that orthodoxy necessarily includes an affirmation of modern conservative scholarship—by which I don’t mean Wayne Grudem or the folks at The Gospel Coalition, but rather scholars such as F. F. Bruce, Bruce Waltke, John H. Walton, James P. Martin, N. T. Wright, and of course, the brilliant C. S. Lewis. I see huge problems with liberal theology, starting with the anti-supernaturalist assumptions that underly the whole of liberal theology but that liberal Christians seem unaware of, and continuing with a tendency to emphasize certain aspects of Christian theology while deemphasizing or even disavowing other aspects, along with a perspective that prioritizes and makes normative culture and personal moral sensibilities over and above Scripture and two thousand years of church tradition and scholarship. These are problems that, when carried out to their logical conclusion and practical application, lead the church in a very dangerous direction.
And yet, while I tend to arrive at many of the same conclusions as theologically conservative Christians, I often do not arrive at these conclusions by the same means or for the same reasons. Far too often, conservative Christians shy away from, or even explicitly oppose, reason, logic, rational thought, and scientific knowledge. They fear that science contradicts their religion and that reason condemns their faith as irrational, and so they denounce both as “the wisdom of the world,” to which “the wisdom of God” is superior. Somewhere along the way, afraid that the atheists were winning the public debate, we ceded reason to the heathens and humanists, opting instead for phrases like, “You just have to have faith,” and misquotes of 1 Corinthians 1:20-30 and 3:19 about the wisdom of the world being foolishness to God. The result is that brand of closed-minded, spoon-fed, cliché Christian fundamentalism that many of you are probably all too familiar with.
I could not be more opposed to this anti-intellectual Christianity. I will not check my brain in the foyer. Not only do I think that faith and reason can interact, but I am a Christian precisely because I think that it is unequivocally and by far the most reasonable choice. The Christian faith not only can but should be approached intellectually and rationally.
So what you will find here is a thoughtful, open-minded, intellectual, rational, and well-reasoned approach to conservative theology.