Have the gifts of the Spirit ceased? Has the Holy Spirit ceased His work and manifestation? Let’s take a look at this dividing doctrine.
An interesting discovery by a popular New Atheist on the mental virus of religion😉
Boghossian (left) & neuroimaging samples provided (right).
Recent nueroscientific research by the atheist philosopher Peter Boghossian resulted in a phenomenal discovery; a discovery that may very well change the way that contemporary researchers view religious belief. Boghossian explains his discovery:
“With the help of some generous funding I discovered that Taenia Solium, belonging to the family Taeniidae, was found to be prevalent within the frontal lobe region of religious brains” (1).
However, Boghossian believes that this affirms his initial hypothesis on religious belief. He is known (as I’ve touched on before) for advocating that religious belief, en masse, is a “virus” while also calling for a process and agenda that will “ultimately eradicate faith.” Religious belief is ultimately, as Boghossian believes, a mental virus. Boghossian sees the manifest implications:
“Essentially what I found is that Taenia Solium lays an infectious agent known as cysticerci. This agent seems to replicate in…
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In part one of this series we established the object of our prayers, that God is the healing, not the one who heals outside of Himself. But if God Himself is the answer to our prayers, why pray at all?
While I’m working on the second entry to the series on prayer I thought I’d take some time to write a short correction of our common misuse of Psalm 14:1.
It’s time to begin another series on a topic commonly found in objections to the Christian faith. In this introduction, we examine the object of prayer itself.
An exceptional introduction to a vital aspect of Biblical knowledge by fellow apologist James Bishop.
Much of our Biblical Studies course focuses on the art of biblical interpretation. We do this by analysing our biblical text via three key lenses: the world-behind-the-text, the world-of-the-text and the world-in-front-of-the-text. This builds a solid foundation upon which we can perform exegetical work. We shall touch on the importance of exegesis (interpreting a text) as well as very briefly on the three lenses just mentioned.
Why is interpretation necessary? Why is it important?
The obvious case is that the Bible, independent of the book we focus on, is an act of communication between an author (the sender) and an audience (the receivers). There is intentionality behind our biblical texts whether that would be the author trying to get his audience to change their minds or behaviour about circumstances. In other words, our authors have goals and reasons for why they are writing in the first place.
However, we must…
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It’s time to answer another quick Bible contradiction offered by the skeptics. This one is on the issue of God’s anger.
It’s time to look at another Bible contradiction offered up by the critics. This topic is on the issue of sin.
“No game of hide and seek lasts this long.” It’s an objection to Christianity brought forth by many skeptics. Let’s take a deeper look into the heart of this challenge. Continue reading “The Hiddenness of God and the Demand for Evidence”
Brilliant Easter article!
Scholarly consensus on Jesus’ crucifixion:
Perhaps one of the best attested facts about Jesus is that he was crucified, a fact that many independent sources attest to. According to scholar James Dunn the crucifixion is of the “two facts in the life of Jesus command almost universal assent” and that it “rank[s] so high on the ‘almost impossible to doubt or deny’ scale of historical facts” (1). Likewise, skeptical critic Bart Ehrman tells us that: “The crucifixion of Jesus by the Romans is one of the most secure facts we have about his life” (2).
Scholar Luke Timothy Johnson (whose work we use as our course material for New Testament Studies) tells us that: “The support for the mode of his death, its agents, and perhaps its coagents, is overwhelming: Jesus faced a trial before his death, was condemned and executed by crucifixion” (3). Atheist historian Gerd Ludemann affirms that…
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As Easter approaches, I’d like to take this time to share a classic message by Christian apologist, Ravi Zacharias, titled the Four Gardens.