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Logic and Scripture

GamalielLogic is simply the study of appraising arguments. When someone uses logic, he is trying to clarify reasoning and separate good arguments from bad ones. We use arguments every single day, though we may not realize this; with a little introspection anyone can begin to notice how day to day deliberation often follows the rules of logic. This is true today, and it was true for folks in ancient times as well, some of these arguments were captured in the pages of the New Testament. Read more…

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Keeping the Slaughter of Canaan in Context

slaughter of the Canaanites.001Are the conquest narratives in the Old Testament any different from what we are currently viewing with ISIS throughout the Middle East and Europe? Questions like this often come up in discussing the existence of objective moral values and duties and their proper grounding. When God is posited as the grounding of morality, the objector usually brings up some obscure OT text that he or she thinks will demonstrate that God has a warped sense of morality and it is usually in this context that the conquest narratives are brought up.

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A Few Ways to Die in Ancient Palestine

beheadinThere are a lot of ways to get yourself killed these days. Not much has changed in that regard as compared with ancient times. I’ve put together five methods that were used in ancient Palestine to maintain public order. Around 2,000 years ago these trusty little methods left little room for doubt; when they were used one could have the assurance the victim was dead with a capital D. Read more…

Two Birds, One Stone, and Lots of Fallacies: A Response to Lawrence Krauss

The SCOTUS decision on same-sex marriage has been reignited recently by the story of Kentucky clerk Kim Davis and her subsequent incarceration and release from prison. Everyone has some commentary on this situation, even Cosmologist Lawrence Krauss. This paper is a response to Krauss’ article titled “All Scientists Should be Militant Atheists”  published at The New Yorker. Read more…

How Can a Loving God Allow Such Evil?

 

the-problem-of-evilIn popular culture it is often asked, “if there is a God, why is there so much evil in the world?” Thus, many see the existence of evil as somehow incompatible with the existence of an omnibenevolent being (God). C. S. Lewis properly identified the problem of evil as the problem of pain.[1] Read more…

Is “There is No Objectivity” an Objective Statement?

Shannon Byrd

This is by far the most absurd article I have ever laid my eyes upon. He questions the categories such as “believer” and “atheist” and states they are useless. He then asserts that a new category is needed. wouldn’t this new category be just as useless since people lack the objectivity? He seems to question truth by stating, “Who is the objective observer to define these terms?” He seems to be alluding to there being no such thing as objective truth, which is false.

This authors logic is easily refuted:
For instance, is the statement “1. There is no such thing as truth” true? If not, then no need to be concerned On the other hand if (1) is true, then it also follows that (1) is not true, since there is no truth, according to (1). So if (1) is false, it’s false; and if (1) is true, it’s false. So either way (1) is false. The author’s position is self refuting.

Also, the author again, contradicts his own philosophy by stating that, “For instance they take Bible stories we read at face value, and yet I see a flicker in their eyes that tells me that they already know the stories are not true in the same way boiling water is true and can be tested—it’s hot!” Now this statement is very telling, for the author does not think historical studies in the Old or New Testaments can be verifiably correct.

Also, he contradicts his earlier presuppositions regarding objective observation. That is to say, who is the objective observer watching the boiling water? He states, “it’s hot” according to his philosophy he cannot make that observation. So my question is, what is the objective truth to his article? Who objectively observes that his words are true of what he wishes to convey? For instance, I can say I think his article is about “mashed up turtle spit” as my pastor has said before and there is nothing this author can say to refute my statement according to his philosophy.

 

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2014/06/10/meet-an-atheist-who-believes-in-god/?hpt=hp_t2

 

 

Jesus Deserves an Academy Award, If He Wasn’t God

WHO WAS JESUS

Jesus is the most debated person in history, and also the most controversial. On the one hand he healed the sick, paralytic, blind, fed thousands, rescued a prostitute, and many other amazing things. On the other hand he was highly controversial to Jewish and Roman authorities. He was unlike any religious leader before him or since. Read more…

The Difficulty of Reaching Millennials.

It seems every week there is an article on a Christian news website describing the difficulties of reaching millennials. There are lots of theories as to why they are so difficult to reach. Writers, pastors, and laymen, theorize what makes this young generation so skeptical of Christianity. Millenials have proven themselves to be difficult to reach. A lot of the focus thus far has been placed on the youth churches are attempting to reach; I’ve heard things such as, “they live on Facebook,” or “they just don’t care.” It seems a great deal of the burden on reaching this generation is placed on the ones to be reached, the millennial’s, while those supposed to be reaching out to them are apathetic. Read more…

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