Saturday, April 26, 2014

Wonderful story of two holocaust survivors

A terrific Two of Us story from today's Sydney Morning Herald.
This is my effort to be able to find this story again.
This is always one of the best parts of the SMH, and certainly is today.
It is the story of Hanka and Siegmund who are 88 and 89, and met as teenagers in a Nazi slave labour camp.
They have been married for 69 years.
That's all I'm saying. Read it, please!

Broughton Knox on Creation versus Evolution

Interesting quote from Dr Broughton Knox's The Everlasting God, pp 30-31
The doctrine of God the Creator is vivid throughout the pages of Scripture. The gods of the nations are not creator gods and, as the interesting little Aramaic insertion in Jeremiah puts it, the gods that did not create the world will perish, as indeed they have. In our own times idolatry, which was a universal substitute for the Creator God, has been replaced by the widely held theory of evolution. Both are substitutes for the concept of the Creator God. Just as the ancients and the heathen today deified and worshipped the creature as the creator, modelling images of man or birds or animals or reptiles and worshipping these, so for western secular man the modern theory of evolution deifies nature, and acknowledges it as creator of all we see around us. All the beauty and intricacy and all the marvellous arrangements of the natural world are supposed to have been evolved by a thoughtless, purposeless, mechanical operation of nature, and in this way the God who made the world is as effectively shut out of the minds of those who are enjoying the blessings of His creation as He was by the false religions of idolatry. Just as the idolators could not see the foolishness, indeed the stupidity, of worshipping gods of wood and stone, which have no life nor purpose nor mind, so modern believers in the theory of evolution cannot see the foolishness of that theory, which not only lacks evidence to support it, but also runs counter to such evidence of origins as is available. Nevertheless, this false worldview is being indoctrinated into children in the schools with the aid of public money and placarded in natural history museums as though it were the only explanation of the world around us, while those who criticize and expose the theory receive the same intense religious hostility as did those who denounced idolatry in earlier days. The Bible says that if we refuse to have the Creator God in our mind, God gives us up to a reprobate mind.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

This pair of links could make you go Ga-ga

The title Against Heterosexuality is designed to arrest you! I found this an interesting article.

Along similar lines is Nobody is born that way, gay historians say

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Madam, Where's Adam?

I enjoyed Richard Gaffin's contribution on the historicity of Adam on the Logos academic blog today. I don't know if it will be accessible in the future, but this might get me there, if so!

Inerrancy, Adam and the Gospel from Justin Taylor's Gospel Coalition blog is also promising.

Jared Oliphint gives a list of links on the topic which looks fairly comprehensive.

Keith Mathison's Top Commentaries list

There are some great recommendations in Keith Mathison's list  of top, mostly single volume Bible commentaries.

I like his comment on Leon Morris, born 100 years ago in Lithgow, New South Wales:
4. Leon Morris — The Epistle to the Romans(Pillar New Testament Commentary, 1988).
Students of Scripture should read anything they can find by Leon Morris, and his commentary on Romans is no exception. Morris is always careful and considered in his judgment. Highly recommended.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

I've just finished listening to Faith Comes By Hearing's [also known as] lightly dramatised King James Version audio Bible. It was very well done, with only a few irritations. The speakers read with meaning and very good pronunciation of Jacobean English and biblical names.

I'm now re-reading The Books of the Bible, which is an innovative and inviting Bible, designed to make it easy for you to read the whole thing. This version removes the chapters and verses [but does use space creatively to show logical sections].
It rearranges The First Testament to be closer to the Hebrew Bible format, re-ordering the Prophets chronologically, and dividing into large sections approximating the Hebrew Bible's Law, Prophets and Writings sections.
If the Bible seems like a book of great stories, interrupted by genealogies, this statement from the article introducing Genesis-Kings (The Covenant History) might make better sense of it:
A simple list of people or places provides a "skeleton" that an inspired author fleshes out by telling the stories of the various people or places on the list. This turns each list into a chronicle that traces the unfolding larger story of God.
The New Testament begins with Luke-Acts and Paul's letters, arranged chronologically [because of Luke's connection with Paul], then Mark and Peter's letters [because of Mark's connection with Peter], Matthew, Hebrews and James [the Jewish-flavoured New Testament writings], and ends with John's Gospel, letters and the Revelation.

If you would like to read the whole Bible, I can't think of a better one to use in your project.
But, if reading is a chore, listening to The Bible Experience, an African American presentation of the NIV, could be a good plan.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Four reasons Christianity is wrong

I like James Anderson's series of responses to common objections to Christianity. He is a smart cookie. His book What's your worldview? is well worth reading. I like the way he has used the Choose your own adventure format.