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On Genesis

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More nihilism notes

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kikenshiso

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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

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My blog compilations

Posted by Sharon Winters on April 18, 2014 at 8:26pm 0 Comments

10 Ways Noah Could Have Been Even Worse

Posted by Marv on April 15, 2014 at 10:00am 1 Comment

What Part of Noah Don't You Understand?

Posted by Marv on April 12, 2014 at 10:00pm 10 Comments

For My old "Theooze.com" Companions

Posted by Addai on April 3, 2014 at 11:00am 2 Comments

Latest Activity

Robert Atwood replied to Addai's discussion Special Pleading accusations and Burden of Proof shifting
"There is, within the Christian tradition, a minority view that holds that God does not intend to waste anything.  I think this is sometimes characterized as "universalism", but that is not my claim.  From Charles…"
4 hours ago
Addai posted a discussion

The Conflict Thesis, the abiding nature of a discredited trope

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). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conflict_thesisAs a story trope I can see that it is catchy.   But for anyone that studies history it is a "discredited trope". (over simplifies history, ignores many more cases that actually contradict it)…See More
6 hours ago
Jax Agnesson replied to Frank P. Spinella Jr.'s discussion Jewish and Christian Understandings of "Holy Spirit" in the First Century
"By coincidence, I have just finished listening to a BBC radio broadcast on this very subject. Beyond Belief: The Holy Spirit. In it three scholars: a Christian, a Muslim and a Jew, discuss their attitudes to this concept; including discussions of…"
7 hours ago
Jax Agnesson replied to Addai's discussion Special Pleading accusations and Burden of Proof shifting
"no contradiction in your scenario, as justice would not figure much . . . What I am proposing is that justice is getting what one deserves; and mercy is deciding not to strike when you have every right to do so.. I am suggesting that, in the eyes…"
7 hours ago
Jax Agnesson replied to Addai's discussion Atheists and Morality
"Plenty fair, Robert!"
8 hours ago
Peter John Ellway replied to Addai's discussion Special Pleading accusations and Burden of Proof shifting
"no contradiction in your scenario, as justice would not figure much if at all. Maybe this is the time to propose what I see a is a big difference in these two terms which we are flinging around. "Mercy" is a relatively…"
8 hours ago
Robert Atwood replied to Addai's discussion Atheists and Morality
"I was puzzled, and now Jax is flummoxed.  This does not look hopeful. I may have been reading more into the words "moral development" than Jax intended, hence his perception that I was not responding to his point. I am content…"
8 hours ago
Jax Agnesson replied to Addai's discussion Atheists and Morality
"I suspect that Addai's point was less an expression of fact, than it was an expression of frustration.  Other than that comment, I shall not attempt to articulate or defend Addai's position.  There are, however, several things…"
9 hours ago
Robert Atwood replied to Addai's discussion Atheists and Morality
"I suspect that Addai's point was less an expression of fact, than it was an expression of frustration.  Other than that comment, I shall not attempt to articulate or defend Addai's position.  There are, however, several things…"
10 hours ago
Jax Agnesson replied to Addai's discussion Atheists and Morality
"My contribution was in direct response to Addai's generalisation: "(Atheists) have no sense of the history of their values etc.  The actual history has faded into their perceptual background and they don't tend to look at it or…"
11 hours ago
Robert Atwood replied to Addai's discussion Atheists and Morality
"I am puzzled by Jax's claim, Nominally and culturally Christian nations have made great moral advances (IMO) in the past couple of centuries, My puzzlement concerns the use of the idea of "advancement" as, itself, a sort of moral…"
13 hours ago
Jax Agnesson replied to Robert Atwood's discussion Some help with this
"Aretha Franklin! (nuff said)"
17 hours ago
Robert Atwood replied to Robert Atwood's discussion Some help with this
"Hi Lawrence, The US does have a number of faults.  There is considerable disagreement as to exactly what those faults might be.  Nihilism, itself, is a difficult thing to live with.  I think that is why one generally finds it in this…"
22 hours ago
Robert Atwood and Lawrence F. Vincent are now friends
23 hours ago
Jax Agnesson replied to Addai's discussion Special Pleading accusations and Burden of Proof shifting
"Surely a wise and loving God would look upon the fumblings and failings of mortals with love and compassion, rather as a parent looks upon the foolish naughtiness of a two-year-old child. To such a God, would not justice and mercy be precisely the…"
yesterday
Peter John Ellway replied to Addai's discussion Special Pleading accusations and Burden of Proof shifting
"I suppose that one problem in trying to apply these concepts to God is that one of the main purpose of punishment is deterrence, whereas God's punishment is eternal damnation - as I've just said, no mercy there. And in fact, even if…"
yesterday
Peter John Ellway replied to Addai's discussion Special Pleading accusations and Burden of Proof shifting
"I dare say, in the Xian perspective, that Calvary does represent some sort of modification of the stern justice of the OT by mercy. OTOH, even Jesus and his followers, like Paul, seem to threaten dire punishment for those who reject his…"
yesterday
Peter John Ellway replied to Addai's discussion Atheists and Morality
"I agree, well said  "
yesterday
Jax Agnesson replied to Addai's discussion Atheists and Morality
"Whether there is any correlation between the development of monotheism and the development of a codified moral law is a question worthy of extensive research and discussion. The relationship between the development of Christianity specifically and…"
yesterday
Frank P. Spinella Jr. replied to Addai's discussion Special Pleading accusations and Burden of Proof shifting
"I agree that the topic does merit its own thread, but isn't Calvary supposed to represent the ultimate harmonization of boundless mercy and boundless justice?  (I prefer "boundless" to "infinite" for something that can…"
yesterday

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The Conflict Thesis, the abiding nature of a discredited trope

Started by Addai in Theology (General) 6 hours ago. 0 Replies

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

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 7 hours ago. 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 8 hours ago. 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

Some help with this

Started by Robert Atwood in Culture. Last reply by Jax Agnesson 17 hours ago. 19 Replies

I have never been a big music person -- so no claim to expertise.I was reading an article in Time, …Continue

What affect will Putin have on our WEIRD society?

Started by Addai in Theology (General). Last reply by Addai Aug 25. 41 Replies

My wife sent me this article...    Pretty interesting!…Continue

Knowledge or Opinion?

Started by Robert Atwood in Theology (General). Last reply by Robert Atwood Aug 13. 26 Replies

From my standpoint, one of the most interesting documents in the philosophy of education is Plato’s Meno.  (BTW, if one looks up “Meno’s slave” on Wikipedia, the explanation given there is exactly…Continue

Baptism in One Name Only?

Started by Frank P. Spinella Jr. in Theology (General). Last reply by 1stjohn Aug 12. 10 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

Ancient Manuscript Comparative Studies... any good Secular Sources?

Started by Addai in Theology (General). Last reply by Robert Atwood Aug 9. 5 Replies

I seem to have gotten myself involved in a discussion concerning the manuscript reliability with some atheists.      Now I know from past studies that the empirical evidence for comparing books of…Continue

The IRS as instrument of political suppression

Started by Addai in Theology (General). Last reply by Addai Jul 30. 2 Replies

I've been very dismayed over the IRS scandal that has largely gone uncovered for a year and a half.    While it's finally getting it due in some places, I'm a bit worried that this is one Watergate…Continue

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