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Biblical Morality: Chapter 7

Fighting Fate Fate is a heathen concept. In some pagan mythologies, particularly those on which the West was built, the universe doesn’t care. Even if we imagine there is a personal entity behind our unpleasant circumstances, it’s an uncaring entity. … Continue reading

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ACBM: Part 2 Chapter 1

Chapter 1 — Approaching Biblical Mysticism Our task here is hard because Western writers seldom acknowledge the mystical element in Scripture unless they are generally hostile to the message of the Bible. Biblical scholars range all over the map with … Continue reading

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Old Testament and Afterlife

There are a vast number of differing viewpoints; mine is just one more. Please note, a huge portion of scholarship is hostile. That is, the scholar goes into the question assuming the worst and isn’t surprised to find evidence supporting … Continue reading

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ACBM: Outline 2

Part 2 of the current proposed outline for the course: ************ Part 2: Defining Biblical The ANE use of language to indicate, not discrete objects and ideas, but moral importance — parabolic and symbolic, indicative. 1. Ancient Near East We … Continue reading

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ACBM: Perspective

As part of the introduction, I propose the following as a broader explanation of the perspective and thesis of the course. Part of the idea is to offer readers and students every opportunity to decide this is not for them, … Continue reading

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Myth and Scripture

Myth and mythology have more than one meaning. In typical conversation, they are dismissive terms used to discount something you don’t want to believe. You refuse to be accountable to it. As literature, they are essential to understanding the worldview … Continue reading

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Biblical Patriarchy

Patriarchy is God’s idea, but by no means can we confuse that with Western patriarchal traditions. In the Bible Wisdom is portrayed as a woman. She would never seek to rule, but does invite every man to take her as … Continue reading

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Idyll Ideal

Sure, it would be nice if we could all live like the family of Seth right outside Eden. Picture it: nomadic tent dwellers living in simplicity, herding goats and sheep. With that was a whole range of cultural implications we … Continue reading

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The Myth of Material Progress

You can ignore the moral laws of God all you like, but they don’t go away. If you ignore them and build a science of prosperity based merely on what humans can perceive and reason about, you will inevitably find … Continue reading

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Eve Was Deceived

References: Genesis 3:14-19; 1 Timothy 2:9-15 If you want to call God a misogynist, feel free. He’s not too concerned with your opinions and reasoning, especially if you are a sucker for the mythology of feminism. Human nature has not … Continue reading

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