Resurrection in the Gospel of Mark

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Most New Testament scholars agree nowadays that Mark 16:9ff. is not the original ending of Mark. Either it ended with v.8, or there was an original ending that’s been lost (sometimes thought to be something like Matthew’s ending but with differences similar to how Mark normally is . . . . Continue Reading »

Neurodiversity and Relativism

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There’s a relatively new movement in the communities of people who deal regularly with autism and related conditions that’s assigned themselves the term “neurodiversity” as a shorthand reference to their commitment to affirming atypical neurological conditions as equally . . . . Continue Reading »

Dominionismists

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I’ve determined that there’s a political faction out there that needs a name, because it’s a group of conspiracy theorists with a particular agenda that’s becoming somewhat influential, and it’s achieving its agenda fairly well. Its agenda is to discredit mainstream . . . . Continue Reading »

The Gospel According to Jason Brennan

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Philosophy TV posted several reflections on issues related to Christmas during Christmas week last year. Jason Brennan’s contribution presents the Christmas story (i.e. the gospel) as a bad story about an immoral divinity.I chose not to post this actually near Christmas, but when I saw . . . . Continue Reading »

Secondary Moral Obligations

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There’s a category of moral obligations that occur in funny circumstances. Given that you are doing a certain immoral thing, there are nevertheless obligations that you have. The pope has recently conceded (finally) that there are such obligations involving condom use. It’s wrong to be a . . . . Continue Reading »

You Shall Give To Him Freely

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There’s a fascinating element in the discussion of the Sabbath year in Deuteronomy 15. The general law requires releasing people from their debts every seven years. That means if you lend to someone a few months before the release of debts, and the person is too poor to pay it back in . . . . Continue Reading »

Abominations

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I posted this a week ago to my personal blog and intended to cross-post it here without too much delay, but I’ve just realized that I never got around to it.There’s a particularly bad argument against those who accept the biblical prohibitions against same-sex sexual acts, and I think I’ve . . . . Continue Reading »

Rant About Worship Songs

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Here are some of the things I really hate in a worship song.1. Too simplistic, banal, lacking in depth, shallow, doctrineless: Consider that one that just talks about unity among brothers that only mentions God in passing at the very end.2. It’s so repetitive. I mean, come on, how . . . . Continue Reading »

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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Justin Taylor has reposted David Powlison’s critique of Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Powlison is the author of the so-called Biblical Counseling chapter of the IVP Five Views book on psychology and Christianity.I’m not going to worry about the issue, pointed out several times in the . . . . Continue Reading »