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EVIDENCE FOR THE CONVINCIBLE

Posted by joan elizabeth mazzu on September 18, 2014 at 3:05pm 0 Comments

On Genesis

Posted by Robert Atwood on August 20, 2014 at 12:52pm 1 Comment

More nihilism notes

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kikenshiso

Posted by Robert Atwood on June 26, 2014 at 10:08am 4 Comments

The Protest is Over

Posted by Brad Epp on April 27, 2014 at 5:51am 1 Comment

EVANGELICALS MIGHT LOVE CHANTING

Posted by Brad Epp on April 27, 2014 at 5:49am 4 Comments

Evangelicals Need Saints Too

Posted by Brad Epp on April 27, 2014 at 5:47am 2 Comments

Review of Noah

Posted by Brad Epp on April 27, 2014 at 5:45am 0 Comments

ISLANDS

Posted by joan elizabeth mazzu on April 19, 2014 at 5:58pm 1 Comment

My blog compilations

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10 Ways Noah Could Have Been Even Worse

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Peter John Ellway replied to joan elizabeth mazzu's discussion ADDRESSING THE SCIENCE
"I wonder why you think the amount of biomass is relevant to the evolution v creation argument. Please explain. As to whether the Earth is overpopulated, I personally would say "yes" "
18 hours ago
Robert Atwood replied to Addai's discussion Special Pleading accusations and Burden of Proof shifting
"Unfortunately the exact form of “chicken tracks” does not seem to be standardized in the USA. (I can't get Theologica to accept my logical symbol font.  It renders the backwards E as "$" -- so I have left it that…"
20 hours ago
Peter John Ellway replied to Addai's discussion Special Pleading accusations and Burden of Proof shifting
"Hi Robert, lots to chew over there. My knowledge of Russell is also pretty rusty; I do know the distinction between sense and reference (eg the Morning/Evening Star both denoting Venus but not connoting the same thing) but cannot relate it to the…"
yesterday
joan elizabeth mazzu posted a discussion

ADDRESSING THE SCIENCE

I consider myself kind of a fundamentalist even though I am a Methodist. one of the positive aspects of Methodism is our commitment to being open to others' ideas and trying to reconcile the Bible with science as we know it.  (sorry, I just had to say that. it was so fun.) that brings me to my question:  does anyone here know where is addressed the question of how much "biomass"  (whatever that is) is represented by all of the petroleum that has been pumped and is still underground and all the…See More
yesterday
joan elizabeth mazzu posted a blog post

EVIDENCE FOR THE CONVINCIBLE

I read some of the responses to Addai's  forum question about  convincing atheists.  I could not read all 15 pages to see if ideas that I would have contributed were mentioned. so I respond here:the old testament prophets prophesied that there would be those who would hear but not hear and see but not see. Jesus spoke of jewish establishment types (with hard heart- as opposed to those that were open to reasonable evidence) who would choose to deny signs that were convincing to everyone else,…See More
Thursday
Robert Atwood replied to Addai's discussion Special Pleading accusations and Burden of Proof shifting
"Addendum. The material from my previous post concerning Russell's theory of descriptions relied on the Stanford Online Encyclopedia of Philosophy and several academic papers on the subject.  This material was adapted by me for use in the…"
Thursday
Robert Atwood replied to Addai's discussion Special Pleading accusations and Burden of Proof shifting
"Well Peter, perhaps the Ontological Argument has been refuted by a reductio ad absurdum but I haven't seen that proof. I reiterate, Anselm's argument is complex.  Now, I think there is some reason to call Russell's theory of…"
Wednesday
Peter John Ellway replied to Addai's discussion Special Pleading accusations and Burden of Proof shifting
"actually, I think the Ontological Argument can be and has often been refuted by a reductio ad absurdum. The OA, and the claim on which it relies - viz that existence is a predicate - can be tested against  Russell's theory…"
Wednesday
Robert Atwood replied to Frank P. Spinella Jr.'s discussion The Two Commissions of the Twelve in Matthew's Gospel
"In pursuit of something else, I came across John M. G. Barclay's "The Politics of Contempt" [Negotiating Diaspora: Jewish Strategies in the Roman Empire, 2004] in which he illustrates that "ethnic" terms can change…"
Monday
Frank P. Spinella Jr. replied to Frank P. Spinella Jr.'s discussion The Two Commissions of the Twelve in Matthew's Gospel
"Gotta love it!"
Monday
Robert Atwood replied to Frank P. Spinella Jr.'s discussion The Two Commissions of the Twelve in Matthew's Gospel
"For your enjoyment Frank, a bit I ran across: That is unfortunately a pretty tenuous tissue of hypothesis to have to build on, but when there is a lack of evidence one must either resort to probabilities, or shut up, and the latter alternative is…"
Monday
Robert Atwood replied to Frank P. Spinella Jr.'s discussion The Two Commissions of the Twelve in Matthew's Gospel
"When I first encountered "higher criticism" and the movement among continental writers to reconstitute the words of the historical Jesus I thought that the methods used were extremely weak.  The list of authentic sayings kept getting…"
Monday
Frank P. Spinella Jr. replied to Frank P. Spinella Jr.'s discussion The Two Commissions of the Twelve in Matthew's Gospel
"I suppose I'll let it go.  Of all the hundreds of first century Greek writings that would have contained the phrase τὰ ἔθνη the only ones I happen to have handy are in the NT, so I can't do anything like a scientific…"
Sep 15
Robert Atwood replied to Frank P. Spinella Jr.'s discussion The Two Commissions of the Twelve in Matthew's Gospel
"I don't think the question about the Great Commission can be confidently answered without some account of what group (or groups) were meant by "τὰ ἔθνη".  The Western tradition confidently makes that…"
Sep 15
Frank P. Spinella Jr. replied to Frank P. Spinella Jr.'s discussion The Two Commissions of the Twelve in Matthew's Gospel
"As you say, "nations" vs. "gentiles" is context-dependent.  And perhaps some English translators had a copy of the Vulgate on their bookshelf and consulted it as a check on how to translate Matt. 28:19 (euntes ergo docete…"
Sep 14
Robert Atwood replied to Frank P. Spinella Jr.'s discussion The Two Commissions of the Twelve in Matthew's Gospel
"Against my hypothesis, there are at least eight instances where Matthew uses τὰ ἔθνη to refer to the gentiles -- very obvious from the context.  Interestingly, it is only in Mt 24-28…"
Sep 14
Robert Atwood replied to Frank P. Spinella Jr.'s discussion The Two Commissions of the Twelve in Matthew's Gospel
"BTW, I I seem to be trying to make a strong defense of my proposal, it is only for the sake of discussion -- no truth claims implied."
Sep 14
Robert Atwood replied to Frank P. Spinella Jr.'s discussion The Two Commissions of the Twelve in Matthew's Gospel
"My hypothesis was indeed a "stretch".  But I am not stretching the text, only the tradition.  The apparent identification of hypocritical Israel and Elect Israel runs through the texts cited.  Certainly Jesus was aware of…"
Sep 14
Frank P. Spinella Jr. replied to Frank P. Spinella Jr.'s discussion The Two Commissions of the Twelve in Matthew's Gospel
"That's useful, Robert.  I am on board with πάντα τὰ ἔθνη as "all the nations" including Israel (as well as the Gentiles), but to read it as excluding the Gentiles may be a bit of a…"
Sep 14
Robert Atwood replied to Frank P. Spinella Jr.'s discussion The Two Commissions of the Twelve in Matthew's Gospel
"Upon reflection, I want to back away from my original position a bit.  Working from internal evidence from Matthew's gospel itself, I propose that one should ask what πάντα τὰ ἔθνη means…"
Sep 14

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ADDRESSING THE SCIENCE

Started by joan elizabeth mazzu in Theology (General). Last reply by Peter John Ellway 18 hours ago. 2 Replies

I consider myself kind of a fundamentalist even though I am a Methodist. one of the positive aspects of Methodism is our commitment to being open to others' ideas and trying to reconcile the Bible…Continue

The Two Commissions of the Twelve in Matthew's Gospel

Started by Frank P. Spinella Jr. in Theology (General). Last reply by Robert Atwood on Monday. 15 Replies

In Matt. 10:5-6 Jesus commissions the Twelve to spread the gospel only in Israel - a task he says they won't finish by the time "the Son of Man comes" (Matt. 10:23).  Yet in Matt. 28:19 they are…Continue

Whence theology?

Started by Robert Atwood in Theology (General). Last reply by Robert Atwood Sep 12. 16 Replies

The following is submitted for comment:"What I have to say about God indicates what sort of answer I prefer to the question of who I am, or want to be, with respect to God.  There are some people…Continue

The Conflict Thesis, the abiding nature of a discredited trope

Started by Addai in Theology (General). Last reply by Jax Agnesson Sep 10. 1 Reply

Why is the Conflict thesis so popular?    (Online atheists and modern journalists often assume it.   It's a popular theme in science fiction and other cultural works). …Continue

Close encounters of the absurd kind

Started by Robert Atwood in Theology (General). Last reply by Robert Atwood Sep 10. 2 Replies

Last evening two young men came to my door.  Not Mormon missionaries - not quite clean cut enough for that.  Not JWs - they are almost always women (?).  The lads were Baptists of some sort. "First"…Continue

Rabbi Cahn, "The Harbinger"

Started by Addai in Theology (General). Last reply by Robert Atwood Sep 6. 4 Replies

I'm a little loathe to bring up apocalyptic writers and such.    We've probably all seen our fair share of Hal Lindsey's come up to the plate, strike out, only to continue writing books and making…Continue

Jewish and Christian Understandings of "Holy Spirit" in the First Century

Started by Frank P. Spinella Jr. in Theology (General). Last reply by Jax Agnesson Sep 1. 38 Replies

Using the KJV as a source, there are lots of OT references to the "Spirit of God" (e.g., Gen. 1:2, Ex. 31:3, Job 33:4 ) and "Spirit of the Lord" (e.g., Judges 3:10, 2 Sam. 23:2, Ezekiel 11:5, Is.…Continue

Atheists and Morality

Started by Addai in Theology (General). Last reply by Jax Agnesson Sep 1. 11 Replies

I'm making this thread to deal with the new sub topic that popped up in the other thread with Robert and PJE to cover the topic in general.    If you got a specific question or gripe than post it.I…Continue

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