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Isaiah's Divine Warrior

Better than sons and daughters

Isaiah 56 should be interpreted as the opening panel of a chiastic structure that starts with 56:1 and ends with chapter 66.

A. Righteous foreigners (56:1-8)

B. God's people unable to do right (56:9-59:15a)

C. The Divine Warrior (59:15b-21) 

D. God's righteousness dawns in his people (60:1-22) 

E. Anointed to preach the Good News (61:1-3)
 

D. God's righteousness dawns in his people (61:4-62:12)

C. The Divine Warrior (63:1-6) 

B. God's people unable to do right (63:7-66:17)

A. Righteous foreigners (66:18-24)


Is Christianity Myth? by Rev. Ben Edwards

What is Myth and Why Christianity Doesn't Fit the Category

  • 2 March 2017
  • Author: Scott Cherry
  • Number of views: 1369
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While other ancient literatures all see reality in essentially the same terms of one-ness with the earth, the Bible differs radically on all the main points and cannot reasonably be considered mythology. Rather, the Bible asserts a two-ness as a corrective to those who reject the Old Testament’s testimony about a transcendent God who breaks into time and space and reveals himself in and through human activity.


Defining Myth: 0:00-9:13   Characteristics of Myth: 9:14-24:00   Characteristics of the Bible: 24:00-33:30   Jesus and Pagan Myths: 33:30-43:35   Historicity of the Gospels: 43:35-59:32   Importance of History to Christianity: 59:32-1:02:29   Why This Matters: 102:29-1:11:27

Science in Scripture

Yes, the Bible does contain scientific information.

  • 22 February 2017
  • Author: Guest Blogger
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by Bob Savery


It is often said that the Bible is not a book of science.  This statement is usually made to suggest that the Bible is not scientific or not concerned with scientific information. I wish to challenge that suggestion. While it true that it is not a textbook of the sort used in a science classes, the Bible does contain scientific information and make claims consistent with modern science if the reader will learn to recognize them. Here I wish to give some examples.

 

Science vs. Christianity? by Dr. Peter Payne

Why the success of science does not prove naturalism

by Dr. Peter Payne
Institute for Credible Christianity

When people speak of “the worldview of science” almost always what they refer to is naturalism, the view that the physical world is all that exists and that ultimately everything can be explained in terms of natural laws
Those who argue that science strongly points towards naturalism typically do so because science has succeeded in providing explanations for nearly every facet of our world, from the smallest scale to largest. 



The conclusion of many, then, is that God is squeezed out of the picture, that there is nothing but the natural world. But does the success of science by itself provide strong support for naturalism? In this lecture it will be argued that it does not. Briefly it will be noted that the enigma of consciousness, of the conscious self, provides good reason to think that naturalism is not the last word. However, the majority of the lecture will develop the thesis that a key problem for naturalism is the conflating of what I call order-of-nature miracles and specific-point miracles. The former, if there are any, would be miracles that God needs to perform regularly or periodically to sustain the order of nature, the normal functioning of the natural world. The latter are miracles performed at specific points in time for specific purposes. The success of science provides significant support for the thesis that there are no order-of-nature miracles, but a “gapless” order of nature accords well with the biblical teaching about God. And the success of science does not address the question as to whether there are any specific-point miracles. That is a question that has to be addressed by historical investigation. The lecture will conclude by considering and responding to one objection to this thesis.

The Wonder of Advent, or Why We Wonder

Why Advent and Christmastime Stimulate a Sense of Wonder

  • 13 December 2016
  • Author: Scott Cherry
  • Number of views: 1281
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Like many people I enjoy the Christmas season, often called Christmastime, or Advent. I especially gravitate toward the more "enchanted" components that inspire a sense of wonder. God designed people with the capacity to perceive and experience wonder, with a yearning for it even. This is why a sense of wonder is essential to certain kinds of movies, and why they are popular.  There are wonderous and wonderful aspects of Christmastime, and people can feel it without knowing why.  For me and many others there is a sense of wonder that accompanies the whole season.
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