First and Second Temple Destruction on Tisha B’Av

Tuesday, August 1, 2017, many of the Jewish people recently will observe Tisha B’Av. This phrase, strange to Christians, means the Fast of the Ninth. The observance “is a day of mourning to commemorate the many tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people” (Judaism 101). According to this source, five terrible events took place on […] via What do you know about Tisha B’Av? — Ferrell’s … Continue reading First and Second Temple Destruction on Tisha B’Av

Science is Cool

Within proper limits Christians have always used many tools available to them since, in essence, all truth is God’s truth. Not only The Humanities but The Sciences are employed for textual analysis, archeology, and a host of other disciplines to inform us of facts. Christians have always been at the forefront of  legitimate research and were the ones who established most of the research institutions … Continue reading Science is Cool

Imposter Scientific Peer Review

shows how easy it is to scam scientific journals and get garbage published.  With thanks to James Spinti for the tip. A number of so-called scientific journals have accepted a Star Wars-themed spoof paper. The manuscript is an absurd mess of factual errors, plagiarism and movie quotes. I know because I wrote it. Inspired by previous publishing “stings”, I wanted to test whether ‘predatory‘ journals would publish … Continue reading Imposter Scientific Peer Review

Reconstructing the Past-by Steve Hays

Miracles, induction, and retrodiction According to the principle of induction, we can retroengineer the past from the present. There’s a chain of events leading up to the present. Antecedent states produce subsequent states. The same causes produce the same effects. Since that’s repeatable, if we’re familiar with the process, we can retrace an effect back through intervening stages to the originating cause. For instance, when … Continue reading Reconstructing the Past-by Steve Hays

Dawkins Deluded

I’ve been revisiting Richard Dawkins’ best-seller The God Delusion in preparation for an apologetics class I’ll be teaching next week. On opening it up, I fell upon the dedication “In Memoriam” to Douglas Adams, accompanied by the following quotation (presumably from Adams): Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to… via On Fairies and Gardeners — Analogical Thoughts Continue reading Dawkins Deluded

Mustard Seeds in the Gospels

Three times Jesus uses the nature of the mustard seed to illustrate that something, though small as the mustard seed, can grow into something large. In Mt. 13.31-32 Jesus speaks of the mystery form of the Kingdom of Heaven, the church, starting small and becoming large in time. Two other times the mustard seed is featured when Jesus teaches that faith can accomplish extraordinary deeds. … Continue reading Mustard Seeds in the Gospels

All the Benefits of Christ Obtain from Union with Him

Timothy Miller is an Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Maranatha Baptist Bible College. Here is a journal article published in 2013 by him tracing the order of salvation expressed in the bible. While being a Baptist myself, I recognized the position he argues for due, in part, to the usual Baptist perspective of biblical exegesis prior to doctrinal formulation. For the last ten years … Continue reading All the Benefits of Christ Obtain from Union with Him

The Best Book on Theodicy

A nod to old Tom Aquinas again featuring Thomistic Philosopher Edward Feser. According to Feser, Brian Davies’s The Reality of God and the Problem of Evil  treats this subject in a masterful way. In essence, it is the privileging of ethics from a human vantage upon God. I sort of have my own view from an ironic and rhetorical perspective which is developing but will … Continue reading The Best Book on Theodicy