“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons of our warfare are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
“Arguments,” “pretensions,” “against the knowledge of God,” “every thought,” what kind of language is this? This is the language of ideas. Ideas are non-physical realities that deal with two concepts only: truth and falsehood.
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It’s obvious. The main reason that religious persons retract their faith in God is because God is a moral monster for allowing evil to continue. You would strive — and strive hard — to find anyone that would disagree with this statement. Evil is destructive. Evil is divisive. Evil is chaos. The so-called Problem of Evil is that which leads religious persons to turn away from God, and non-religious persons to stay away from God. It is the breeding ground for new atheists, and it is something that all of us experience on a daily basis. Continue reading “The Atheist’s Moral Catch-22”
This study is centered on a debate that has been ongoing for millennia. Namely, the free or chosen debate. Centered on whether or not God is completely sovereign, the contention arises between two schools of belief; Calvinism (of John Calvin) and Arminianism (of Jacob Arminius). Ironically, the majority of the Christian world believes that these are the only two options. And, if you are privy to these views, you know that it is impossible to hold to both of them logically; they contradict one another.
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Paul, the Apostle: Eyewitness or Epileptic?
Surprise! Welcome to an article founded on a false dilemma! It’s obvious that even if Saul of Tarsus (Paul hereafter) just so happened to be an epileptic, he could also have been an eye-witness, right? There is no logical malady between being both an eyewitness and an epileptic. It’s a false dilemma. However, this is the argument leveled against the veracity of Paul’s experience concerning Jesus of Nazareth due to the recorded account of his so-called “Damascus Road experience” and how it parallels the experience of those with epilepsy. But let’s forget about that for a moment. Let’s forget about the Damascus road story. Without that story, what do we know about this man from historical scholarship outside of the Bible? Here is what we know:
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Concerning the Prophet Muhammad’s View of the Gospels from (an Interpretation of) the Earliest Arabic Sources
In this writing we will be quoting from the Qur’an and Sahih-Bukhari, the most trusted collection of Muhammad’s (pbuh) doings and sayings (known as hadith) in existence today. These are primary source materials from the very earliest moments in Islamic history. However, we recognize that the original, and authoritative, Qur’an and hadith, were written in Arabic. Thus, we have taken the liberty to call this work an interpretation of the earliest (Arabic) sources, just as Muslim scholars would consider any translation of the Qur’an and hadith outside of Arabic an interpretation. With that being said, we are using the most trusted English translations of the source material that line up word-for-word with the Arabic sources. This is simply to recognize the Islamic chain of authority to give honor, and respect, to them and their scholarly work.
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