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Have the Gifts Ceased? (1 Corinthians 13:8)

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.

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Boghossian Discovers Taenia Solium Parasite in Brains of Religious Believers.

An interesting discovery by a popular New Atheist on the mental virus of religion😉

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brain 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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Prayer: The Objective of Our Prayers

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?

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The Foolishness of Atheism? (Psalm 14:1)

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.

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Prayer: The Object of Our Prayers

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.

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The Concept of Clean and Unclean

When the Bible talks about ritual purity and laws regarding clean and unclean practises, it’s vitally important to note the social context of such passages in order to attain a clearer understanding.

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An Intro to Biblical Exegesis.

An exceptional introduction to a vital aspect of Biblical knowledge by fellow apologist James Bishop.

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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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Bible Contradictions: Micah 7:18 vs. Jeremiah 17:4

It’s time to answer another quick Bible contradiction offered by the skeptics. This one is on the issue of God’s anger.

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Religion Vs. Relationship?

“Christianity is a relationship, not a religion,” is one of the church’s most popular phrases. But is it true? Are relationship and religion really polar opposites?

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Paying the Ransom

I see a lot of critics throw out verses of OT law in order to enforce the “barbaric” nature of the Bible. Are these laws truly disgusting, or did the ancients have something else in mind?

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The Mystery of Worship

Worship is one of the biggest images of our faith’s identity. Hands lifted high. But isn’t it self-centered of God to create us just for this purpose, or is there something more?

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Bible Contradictions: 1 John 1:8-10 vs. 1 John 3:9

It’s time to look at another Bible contradiction offered up by the critics. This topic is on the issue of sin.

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The Hiddenness of God and the Demand for Evidence

“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”

Jesus Fact #4 – Crucifixion (Full Historical Investigation).

Brilliant Easter article!

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Crucifixion

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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Easter Message: Ravi Zacharias, The Four Gardens

As Easter approaches, I’d like to take this time to share a classic message by Christian apologist, Ravi Zacharias, titled the Four Gardens.

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