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More on the Pharisees

Posted by Robert Atwood on January 27, 2015 at 1:02pm 0 Comments

A bit about the Pharisees

Posted by Robert Atwood on January 6, 2015 at 11:13am 4 Comments

Faith or Foolishness?

Posted by Robert O. Adair on January 6, 2015 at 9:30am 0 Comments

Thought Produces Movement, principle 1

Posted by Addai on January 4, 2015 at 9:00pm 0 Comments

I See Your A Carpenter

Posted by Addai on January 2, 2015 at 8:30am 2 Comments

Skipping Stones along the way

Posted by Addai on December 31, 2014 at 11:00am 4 Comments

The schizophrenic that beat the odds

Posted by Addai on December 28, 2014 at 7:00pm 4 Comments

Christ As Clinician

Posted by Addai on December 14, 2014 at 9:00am 1 Comment

Less Theology and more psychology

Posted by Addai on December 4, 2014 at 9:30am 4 Comments

Prayer

Posted by Worship on November 1, 2014 at 7:01pm 0 Comments

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Robert Atwood replied to Frank P. Spinella Jr.'s discussion Prayer for the Dead: The Case of Onesiphorus
"As well you might Frank. The question you raise seems to be a neglected one.  As I think about it I would argue that a "good" answer would have to be formulated within a larger network of doctrine concerning the nature of atonement,…"
6 hours ago
Frank P. Spinella Jr. replied to Frank P. Spinella Jr.'s discussion Prayer for the Dead: The Case of Onesiphorus
"Pending the arrival of a Protestant, allow me to observe that if "The dead are beyond the influence of our intercessions," then Zondervan's Bible Gateway is much smarter than the early Fathers were. That includes…"
7 hours ago
Robert Atwood replied to Frank P. Spinella Jr.'s discussion Prayer for the Dead: The Case of Onesiphorus
"Pending the arrival of a Protestant, allow me to observe that my remarks up to this point about purgatory were "historical".  I think there is good evidence that the Reformation rejection of prayers for the dead is contextually keyed…"
10 hours ago
Frank P. Spinella Jr. replied to Frank P. Spinella Jr.'s discussion Prayer for the Dead: The Case of Onesiphorus
"      If one does not hold to some notion of purgatory it is difficult to see the point of prayer for the dead.   I have no such difficulty, Robert.  Praying for mercy for the departed who are awaiting the…"
12 hours ago
Robert Atwood replied to Frank P. Spinella Jr.'s discussion Prayer for the Dead: The Case of Onesiphorus
"From Calvin's letter to Cardinal Sadoleto: As to purgatory, we know that ancient churches made some mention of the dead in their prayers, but it was done seldom and soberly, and consisted only of a few words. It was, in short, a mention in…"
20 hours ago
Robert Atwood replied to Frank P. Spinella Jr.'s discussion Prayer for the Dead: The Case of Onesiphorus
"I gather that for Catholics prayers for the dead are bound inseparably with the doctrine of purgatory and the doctrine of the communion of saints.   Second Ecumenical Council of Florencein 1439: "[We define] likewise, that…"
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Prayer for the Dead: The Case of Onesiphorus

As an Episcopalian, I follow a tradition shared with our RC and EO brothers and sisters of praying for those who have died -- typically, that the Lord will have mercy on them (when He comes to judge the living and the dead). Many Protestants think that prayer for the dead is pointless; that their judgment will be solely and unalterably based on what they did or believed (I don't want to get into the faith vs. works controversy here because it's irrelevant to my present question) while they were…See More
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Robert Atwood replied to Robert Atwood's discussion Dawkins ad nauseum
"If the reference to "old dogs" is to me, then so be it. Statistics don't prove anything.  "All a statistical test can do is assign a probability to the data you have, indicating the likelihood (or probability) that…"
Friday
Addai replied to Robert Atwood's discussion Dawkins ad nauseum
"Robert I guess the saying "You  can't teach an old dog new tricks" might be true.....    :( But the probabilistic claims are proof according to the scientific paradigm.   If people claim to operate by that…"
Friday
Robert Atwood replied to Robert Atwood's discussion Dawkins ad nauseum
"In our schools, both K-12 and post-secondary, we teach both science and mathematics without any indication that both have a human history, and are embedded within larger histories.  Arguments both for and against the existence of God also occur…"
Friday
Frank P. Spinella Jr. replied to Robert Atwood's discussion Dawkins ad nauseum
"If I can weigh in here, guys: Newtonian explanations, Einsteinian explanations, and any other set of scientific explanations of the physical universe that may be around the corner cannot and will not prove or disprove the "existence of…"
Friday
Robert Atwood replied to Robert Atwood's discussion Dawkins ad nauseum
"Yes, well I have read a number of physicists and mathematicians ... and obviously you do not take me seriously as having anything useful to say in those areas. If I did not remember Ross, perhaps it is because I did not find his ideas particularly…"
Thursday
Addai replied to Robert Atwood's discussion Dawkins ad nauseum
"PS - In Hugh's younger years he did read a number of philosopher's like Emmanuel Kant. Cosmology Confronts the Creator http://www.arn.org/docs/orpages/or102/ross1.htm"
Thursday
Addai replied to Robert Atwood's discussion Dawkins ad nauseum
"I guess then you weren't paying much attention to what I was talking about on the previous atheist thread then. In this regard we disagree.   I've been following Ross' work since 1990.    On the positive end, science…"
Thursday
Robert Atwood replied to Robert Atwood's discussion Dawkins ad nauseum
"I didn't know who Hugh Ross is, nor did I know who Victor Stenger is.  Turns out they are both scientists -- physicists, I gather. Quite honestly, I think it is a mistake to suppose that scientists,  in virtue of being…"
Thursday
Addai replied to Robert Atwood's discussion Dawkins ad nauseum
"Haven't read much on him.    Hugh Ross actually thinks this guy has written the best defense of atheism (He actually complemented him for his writing when he debated…"
Thursday
Robert Atwood replied to Robert Atwood's discussion Dawkins ad nauseum
"I suppose one might go through his arguments one by one.  That would require a good deal of time and energy, and I think to no purpose.  In public debate the point is to convince the judge(s) and not one's opponent.  Dawkins…"
Wednesday
Addai replied to Robert Atwood's discussion Dawkins ad nauseum
"And to repeat (because it's worth repeating) I haven't heard much refuting of this guy (besides using the same old schtick) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDVxk_vM0mQ"
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Prayer for the Dead: The Case of Onesiphorus

Started by Frank P. Spinella Jr. in Theology (General). Last reply by Robert Atwood 6 hours ago. 6 Replies

As an Episcopalian, I follow a tradition shared with our RC and EO brothers and sisters of praying for those who have died -- typically, that the Lord will have mercy on them (when He comes to judge…Continue

Dawkins ad nauseum

Started by Robert Atwood in Theology (General). Last reply by Robert Atwood on Friday. 13 Replies

Robert Adair had posed a blog about Richard Dawkins, which those of you who are interested in the fellow (Dawkins) might like to read.As it happens, I include a number of friends of my children in my…Continue

A political comment by a non-political person

Started by Robert Atwood in Theology (General). Last reply by Addai Jan 25. 40 Replies

Let me preface the following by noting that I have not been politically active for many years.  In the giant spectrum of things I am probably "liberal" and not a denizen of the American Religious…Continue

Heidegger and the Trinity

Started by Robert Atwood in Theology (General). Last reply by Addai Jan 25. 145 Replies

On the first page of Being and Time  Heidegger places the following passage from Plato's Sophist  (244a): ... δῆλον γὰρ ὡς ὑμεῖς μὲν ταῦτα (τί ποτε βούλεσθε σημαίνειν ὁπόταν ὂν φθέγγησθε) πάλαι…Continue

Getting to Know You....

Started by Addai in Theology (General). Last reply by Robert Atwood Jan 24. 3 Replies

Thought maybe it might be nice to have a thread where people can post pics or links to personal pics.      (I had my 8th anniversary a few days back, and a new acquaintance asked me about it.    And…Continue

Baptism in One Name Only?

Started by Frank P. Spinella Jr. in Theology (General). Last reply by Robert Atwood Jan 15. 25 Replies

Matthew's gospel concludes with a commission to baptize in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  But if Acts is accurate, Peter wasted little time violating that commission (Acts…Continue

The Witch of Endor and Luke's Chasm

Started by Frank P. Spinella Jr. in Theology (General). Last reply by Robert Atwood Jan 13. 33 Replies

Did the story recounted in 1 Sam. 28 really happen?  Wherever you come down on this, you’re going to be in good company.  Smelik, “The Witch of Endor: I Samuel 28 in Rabbinic and Christian Exegesis…Continue

Ideas?

Started by Robert Atwood in Theology (General). Last reply by Addai Jan 9. 11 Replies

Been working on the 23rd chapter of Matthew.  There is a certain parallel structure in the early part, the Pharisees,have seated themselves in the chair of Moses-- do not be called "teacher"tie heavy…Continue

Whence Knowledge?

Started by Frank P. Spinella Jr. in Theology (General). Last reply by Robert Atwood Jan 4. 41 Replies

Reading Paul's invectives against the wisdom of the world (e.g., 1 Cor. 1:18-25, 1 Cor. 3:18-20), one could almost read him as encouraging Christians to abandon reason for blind faith, to ignore…Continue

Whence truth?

Started by Robert Atwood in Theology (General). Last reply by Robert Atwood Dec 25, 2014. 11 Replies

Been reading the Cambridge history of Renaissance Philosophy.  The first part concerns printing and censorship -- a bit thin on philosophical interest.  However, something I read did strike me as an…Continue

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