Archive for February, 2014

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“Lack of evidence for God is insufficient to justify atheism. For example, it’s possible that arguments for God’s existence are inadequate, but that God still exists. The atheist has more work to do than debunking theistic claims. He has to show that God does not or cannot exist.”

— Paul Copan

via http://www.reclaimingthemind.org/blog/2014/02/theism-atheism-and-rationality-some-reflections/

simul iustus et peccator,

Eric Adams

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Just because it’s in the Bible, doesn’t mean it’s sanctioned by God. We don’t treat other historical narratives that way. Why would we automatically assume an author of a history textbook on the holocaust endorsed the genocide of the Jews, just because he accurately recorded the event?

“The first thing we need to say is that the Bible contains many passages that are descriptive, and this does not make them prescriptive. Contrary to what many of the online opponents of biblical authority would have us think, there is no approval from God for the man of Gibeah’s heinous bargain or the subsequent rape, murder, and mutilation of the concubine. The Levite gives up his own virgin daughter and his concubine as some sort of trade of self-protection. And that the concubine’s dismembered body is grotesquely sent around Israel is reacted to the way it ought to be: notice the people’s reaction is shock. “Such a thing has never happened or been seen from the day that the people of Israel came up out of the land of Egypt until this day,” they say.”

— Jared C. Wilson

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simul iustus et peccator,

Eric Adams

Scientism

Posted: February 27, 2014 in Apologetics, Quotes
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Many scientists claim that science itself can account for any and all truth. Is this true? What about the laws of logic, or mathematics? Can science account for moral values, or beauty? What about the claim that other minds exist? Can the speed of light be proven empirically by science?

Most of the above can only be proven through metaphysical or philosophical disciplines.

“Science cannot inherently account for several things. First, logic and math cannot be proven by science. Science must presuppose both of these things. Without logic science cannot even make basic inferences. Even the law of gravity would never be inferred without logic. Yet if logic is divorced from science and science attempted to prove logic, it would either be completely unsuccessful or reason in a circle.”

— Randy Everist, from the Possible Worlds blog

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simul iustus et peccator,

Eric “can’t prove I have a mind” Adams

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When I was a young, naive freshman in a local Methodist college, I took an Introduction To the Old Testament class, thinking my faith would be strengthened by studying the O.T. Boy, was I wrong. We spent a good part of the semester learning that Moses didn’t actually write the Pentateuch. Instead, there were probably up to four different authors:

1. J- Yahwist
2. E- Elohimist
3. D- Deutoronomist
4. P- Priestly

I never understood why scholars could not understand that the same person could write in different styles, especially over a long period of time. I mean, my term papers were written with completely different style and vocabulary compared to my letters to my girlfriend. Why is that so hard to understand?

Worldviews, people… Worldviews matter. This quote took me back to that class, and the animosity of my professor by the end of the course. We really didn’t like each other. I got a B-, which surprised me considering how much chaos I caused in the class-lol.

Liberal theologians, for the most part, lack common sense. Much learning has made them mad…

“Here’s my main concern: Why do modern biblical scholars do not give the same freedom and flexibility to biblical authors that we allows ourselves? Look, I have been writing for about 20 years. If I go back and look at the themes I wrote about 20 years ago, the words I used, the way I thought about God, the names I used for God, and a whole host of other ideas, the “me” of 20 years ago writes nothing like the “me” of today.

Even if I wrote something today and then sat down tomorrow to write it again without looking, I am certain I would phrase things different, write with a different emphasis, and refer to God in different ways. This is true of all authors around the world and throughout time. Cannot this also be true of biblical authors? Of course it can!

I sometimes think these documentary theories are nothing more than scholarly inventions to give scholars something to write about who have become bored with the biblical text itself.”

— Jeremy Myers, from the Till He Comes blog

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simul iustus et peccator,

Eric the JEDP hatin’ fool

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It is common presently to hear the idea that religion (especially Christianity) is responsible for millions of deaths throughout its “bloody” history. Is this true?

Have some Christians been guilty of using their religion to kill? Yes. Is it a legitimate reflection of Christianity? No. Any one who reads the New Testament knows that neither Christ nor His Apostles endorsed murder.

While any deaths perpetrated by followers of Christ are ghastly, it is estimated that between 1478 and 1834 (350 years), the Spanish Inquisition (which, by the way, was perpetrated mostly on other Christians) was responsible for between 2000 to 32000 deaths. Over a 400 year period, it is estimated that 50000 people died due to fanatical “witch hunts”. If you’re keeping count, that’s at most 82000 lives. That does not add up to the millions for which Christianity is blamed.

Follow the link for the sources of these numbers.

“According to research conducted by the political scientist Rudolph Rummel at the University of Hawaii, the officially atheist states of the Communist bloc committed more acts of genocide than any societies in governments in the twentieth century-communist, socialist, fascist-equals about 170 million.”

— Bill Pratt, from the Tough Questions Answered blog

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simul iustus et peccator,

Eric Adams

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I am always amazed at the lengths that atheistic secularists will go to banish any religious discussion from the public square. To these people, the 1st Amendment is always trumped by “THE WALL”. Fortunately, I actually read history, which, I suppose, puts me in the minority of my historically arrogant and ignorant countrymen.

It’s like it’s a magical incantation to these people. You remind them of our Judeo-Christian heritage, and up they jump, channeling Harry Potter.

“Expelliarmus!”
“Separation of Church and State!”

As if that would work on us. It may work legally, from a Lawfare-giddy Judicial branch, but reality will have its say. It may take a few of us being keel-hauled to the hoosegow, but sooner or later, the revisionists will bow to history.

“Throughout his public career, including two terms as President, Jefferson pursued policies incompatible with the “high and impregnable” wall the modern Supreme Court has erroneously attributed to him. For example, he endorsed the use of federal funds to build churches and to support Christian missionaries working among the Indians. The absurd conclusion that countless courts and commentators would have us reach is that Jefferson routinely pursued policies that violated his own “wall of separation.”

Jefferson’s wall, as a matter of federalism, was erected between the national and state governments on matters pertaining to religion and not, more generally, between the church and all civil government. In other words, Jefferson placed the federal government on one side of his wall and state governments and churches on the other. The wall’s primary function was to delineate the constitutional jurisdictions of the national and state governments, respectively, on religious concerns, such as setting aside days in the public calendar for prayer, fasting, and thanksgiving. Evidence for this jurisdictional or structural understanding of the wall can be found in both the texts and the context of the correspondence between Jefferson and the Danbury Baptist Association.”

— Daniel L. Dreisbach, The Heritage Foundation

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simul iustus et peccator,

Eric Adams

A Systematic Theology Reading Group

Posted: February 23, 2014 in Quotes, Theology

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Oh, what I would give to be part of a group like this. How wonderful it must be to fellowship in a church that would foster theologically-thinking members. I feel like an oddity…an enigma…a relic whose mentors are a lot old dead white guys. Our culture of American Christianity would rather feel than think…would prefer experientialism over exposition.

Yeah, I know…would I like some cheese with that whine? Well, yes sir, I would. Gouda for me-lol.

“Pastor, I want to thank you. My marriage has been totally turned around.

These aren’t the words you expect someone to write three months after their spouse began reading a 1,291-page systematic theology book, yet that’s exactly what I was being told in a card. My prayers had been answered. I’d prayed that God would give people such a love for him and his Word that it would begin to affect all areas of their life. I’d also prayed that reading and discussing a systematic theology book with others would be one of those means.”

— Eric Bancroft, on The Gospel Coalition blog

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simul iustus et peccator,

Eric Adams