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For the Perplexed

It is normative in American popular Christianity to see the Bible as authoritative, and to suppose that there is some cadre of exegetes to explain things to us.  Exactly who belongs to that cadre of exegetes is somewhat problematic.  No doubt some among the faithful consider my comments (and, hence. me) either painfully misguided, unable to "get the picture", or purposefully pernicious (a pawn of Satanic misdirection).

Here is why I am the way I am.  From the 4th century (BC) onward…

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Added by Robert Atwood on February 12, 2015 at 1:28pm — 1 Comment

More on the Pharisees

In an appendix to his The Arians of the Fourth Century Newman suggested that the customary association of Arianism with Neoplatonism should be set aside, and, instead, one should look to the Antiochene church, and particularly Paul of Samosata.  While I am not interested in the origins of Arianism at this point, the proposed connection with Paul of Samosata is interesting in that it connects Arianism with “Judaizing”.

Newman writes:

I will not say that the Arian doctrine…

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Added by Robert Atwood on January 27, 2015 at 1:02pm — 4 Comments

Logic and Materialism in Richard Dawkins The God Delusion

According to Richard Dawkins and most radical Atheists such as Ernst Haeckel, nothing is real except material things. Logic, particular principles and theories, which of these are material, what do they weigh, how long are they, wide, thick? So how is Dawson's Monism a valid perspective? That is the notion that Matter, material things are the only significant reality? Dawkins religion, which is not science, has no plausible, reliable foundation of truth or metaphysical reality. But from this…

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Added by Robert O. Adair on January 25, 2015 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

A bit about the Pharisees

Attached is a chapter of a book on which I am working.  There are other supporting chapters in various stages of completion that I may post if there is interest.  It is in pdf format and the (substantial) endnotes have been removed.  I welcome the comments of those who are interested -- particularly pointing out "typos" and the like. 

-robert…

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

Faith or Foolishness?

All knowledge is based on faith. For example, I believe (have faith, trust, have confidence) that the temperature on my back porch is 90 degrees. Why? Because I believe that the expansion and contraction of mercury correlates with the rise and fall of the temperature of the air. I further believe that the universe is governed by natural physical laws which have always been in operation everywhere and always will be. Without this unprovable belief you cannot have a science. Another important…

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Added by Robert O. Adair on January 6, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

Why The Trinity? (An explanation for the lay person)

WHY THE TRINITY?

 

Like the sun that shines down on the earth every day, the Bible reveals a God who is always shining down on humanity and our world. The Scriptures say that God is light, incandescent in the shining forth of his glory and power(1 John 1:5, Hab 3:3-4). From this light, the Word and the Spirit of God are always coming to us like the light and heat of the sun making life and the knowledge of God possible(Ps 104:30, Matt 4:4, 1 Cor 2:10-11). In this…

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Added by Tyrone Flanagan on January 5, 2015 at 4:19pm — 4 Comments

Thoughts on the New Testament Milieu

It seems to me when I began reading the Bible years ago and even recently, I've had a tendency to overlook the historical context of these books. There is a sort of grammar of things the reader should have in mind.

One is the social totem pole of first century Israel which is quite unlike ours. Being a shepherd was the bottom rung and one notch above, if that, was being a fisherman. To us , ok you're a shepherd, what else can you tell us about yourself? No, you're not the top of our…

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Added by Robert O. Adair on January 4, 2015 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Thought Produces Movement, principle 1

I was going to lay out some principles of Erickson, aka, "Strategic Therapy".

The first is that thought produces movement.    There is a kind of a magnetic attraction between thought and action.    The best example I can point to comes from my own life.    While living in  the desert in the 80s and 90s I tended to speed while driving along the highway.    I often drove about 20 to 25 miles an hour over the posted speed limit (Originally 55 mph, later razed to 60 in the 90s).  …

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Added by Addai on January 4, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments

I See Your A Carpenter

Back sometime in the 50's in the land of Phoenix there lived a psychiatric patient who believed that he was Jesus Christ.     He was a sad figure much like the legions of other delusional patients or the thousands of other people over the centuries who believed that very same thing about themselves. (Making claims at something they clearly were not).      

And to make things worse, unlike his fellow comrades in the institution, this patient's condition was noticeably…

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

Skipping Stones along the way

 There once was a kindly aged Biblical Greek instructor that I was fond of.   (I'm not good with languages and he made the process of studying the subject bearable and at times reasonably pleasant).     He had a good demeanor about him (He actually reminded me a lot of an INTP friend of adolescence and early adulthood).    And along the way in studying, he was always good at giving some of the background context to whatever we happened to be studying that day.

On one…

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Added by Addai on December 31, 2014 at 11:00am — 7 Comments

The schizophrenic that beat the odds

There was a story that stuck with me since my under grad days....    A psychology professor (back in the late 80s) remarked that he hadn't really seen a functional symptomatic schizophrenic (one who had symptoms that weren't controlled by meds or other treatment), "except for one guy" that taught in the department a few years back...."

"How did this guy last so long?", you might ask....     Well apparently this guy shared his hallucinations freely with the class he…

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

Christ As Clinician

This has been one paradigm I've been playing with in my mind for the last two weeks.    And I would say (I think there is some kind of best selling Christian book to be had by taking that theme and really, really running with it).   (And my intuitions are seldom wrong when it comes to "what is hot", what works etc.)

This is assuming, a person actually had access to a real life publisher.   OF course come to think of it there is always "Net publishing".

Why…

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

Less Theology and more psychology

I seem to be taking another sharp corner down the road of life and

probably won't be that active any more discussing theology.   That's not to say, that I won't be here, but going to be shifting my attentions else where.    I'm afraid the circumstances of life have caused me to blow the dust off of pursuing a once past love (psychotherapy), that I gave up on two decades back.

But the good news, is I do have lots to talk about regarding that other field and Christianity.     And…

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

The daring life and faith of Miriam eesha Joseph

.     A common fate of history's notables is to have their true lives and personalities distorted by the legends that grow up around them.  In time, the authentic identity of the person becomes submerged in the image and narrative that becomes associated with them.  The great Roman conqueror Julius Caesar, for instance, was a balding man who suffered from seizures and a painful form of muscular neuritis.  Baldwin the 4th, the crusader king of Jerusalem who defeated Saladin, was a sickly…

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Added by Tyrone Flanagan on November 17, 2014 at 4:30pm — 7 Comments

Prayer

God forgive me for adultery, fornication, covetness ... in the Name of Jesus amen

This is the sinners prayer ten days or more before baptism so that all admitted sin be washed away test for yourself to see if this is the truth

Added by Worship on November 1, 2014 at 7:01pm — No Comments

"Sugar Babies" seeking "Sugar Daddys"? Godly Way To Get Money For College? On CNN

Sugar Babies & Sugar Daddys - Godly Way To Get Money For  College?

Sunday night on CNN there was a report on the burgeoning business featuring a web site specializing in  older men with incomes of $ 250,000.00, who were looking for young pretty girls, and young…
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Added by Asha Brown on October 6, 2014 at 9:16pm — 5 Comments

Pietism revisited

When I was a graduate student I took a Christian Ethics seminar from the late Professor George Forell.  Within his sphere of influence Forell was among those Messieurs qu'on nomme grand.  Although he did not know me, he knew of my Pentecostal background and referred to me in the seminar as a “Schwärmer”, which, he explained with a hint of disdain, was Luther’s term for those of the Radical…

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Added by Robert Atwood on September 22, 2014 at 9:11am — No Comments

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…

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Added by joan elizabeth mazzu on September 18, 2014 at 3:05pm — 2 Comments

Where Does Jesus Live?

     At the beginning of John's gospel two of Jesus' disciples asked him this question.  He answered them simply by saying, "Come and you will see"(Jn 1:38-39).   Let's follow along in their footsteps and discover this for ourselves.

     Jesus's first residence was a shelter cave for pasture animals near the town of Bethlehem in Roman Palestine.  Hardly an imposing residence and his first bed was an animal trough.  In spite of his humble beginnings, prominent men from the…

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Added by Tyrone Flanagan on September 5, 2014 at 4:30pm — 17 Comments

On Genesis

When I was in high school I had a science teacher.  His teaching domain consisted primarily of “biology” with the odd “zoology” class thrown in once in a while.  He fancied himself an intellectual, a free thinker, and a scientist.  From that lofty height he made a point of making the point that any sort of theistic claims within his realm on the part of his students would result in mild (good humored) ridicule.  Evolution was fact and anything else was so much sand in which theists…

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

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