Archive for February, 2007

This is my review for my church’s library of a material that we already have; I’m in the process of trying to listen to and read what our church library consist of, and looking for good materials to stock up so as to edify the believers in my Church.


The problem of evil in light of a Christian God has been the focus of many books, lectures and discussions.  It would be no suprise then that Christian apologist Dr. Robert A. Morey would address this issue as well, among many other controversies and issues he has tackled in his career.  His lecture on this topic is titled “God, Evil and You”.

Originally in eight cassette tapes, it is now in five CDs.  Throughout the series, Dr. Morey mentioned alot about the need to pursue the topic of evil from a Biblical perspective.  This emphasis is indeed needed.  Many Christians needed to be reminded today, given the predominance of addressing the issue of evil from a non-biblically based approach (usually in the form of humanistic philosophy), with concepts that are not taught by Scripture, even being antithetical to the Christian God as well.  In addition, Morey also bought up the category of discussing the issues in light of metaphysics, epistemology and ethics.  His humor is also sprinkled in throughout the lectures which some might find as rather rough.

Though this series might be helpful for younger Christians, I think Dr. Morey could have went more deep.  This is probably not his best work and an example of his typical work.  It took well over half the series to be over before he started actually dealing with the Biblical text on evil and even then it barely touched the surface, though one can gain insight in light of Morey revealing to us the different words for Evil in Hebrew and how many times it appear in Scripture.  From what has been said by people, Dr. Morey is planning to write a book addressing the issue of the problem of Evil, if it is so, I do expect it to be up to standard as his earlier written works where it is hard hitting, heavily documented and touches on the revelant verses well.

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Have anyone ever heard of William Wilberforce?

Among many Christians whom I view as my hero, William Wilberforce is one of those I esteem highly

And now there’s a movie about his life called ‘AMAZING GRACE’! Its already out in theatre…I need to go see it!

The trailer at this Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqlcjI85gaY&eurl=

And a Review: http://www.americanvision.org/articlearchive2007/02-23-07.asp , with an excerpt:

“Wilberforce, a member of the English parliament in the 18th century, was a committed Christian who did NOT believe his faith was simply a private matter. Rather, he applied his biblical worldview to the realm of politics and dedicated 30 years of his life to end the slave trade in the British empire. The movie is appropriately called Amazing Grace because Wilberforce was a contemporary and close friend of former slave trader John Newton. Newton’s dramatic conversion led him to write one of the most beloved hymns of all time—Amazing Grace. It is clear that God sovereignly ordained for the lives of Newton and Wilberforce to intersect and fulfill his plan for history.

Shortly after his conversion, the movie portrays Wilberforce confronted with what he perceives to be two mutually exclusive choices—a life of politics or a life of Christian service. A fellow Christian correctly reminds Wilberforce that he can do both. Real Christianity is not living a socially-irrelevant life while waiting for the “Rapture.” Real Christianity is a life dedicated to advancing the heart-changing and nation-transforming power of the Gospel. It’s being obedient to the Great Commission by making disciples and teaching them to obey all of the Bible. It is applying all of the Bible to all areas of life—areas such as politics, business, law, economics, arts, sciences, education, medicine, and more.”

William Wilberforce has done alot to end the African Slave Trade…

Less known but equally important is his role as a politician who with his missionary friend William Carrey (another hero of mine and interesting in his own right) whom both fought against pro-Imperialists and the East India Company to eventually end the legality of the Caste System as well. 

Being a Christian, being political and concern about the Lordship of Christ in all spheres of life, Wilberforce’s life story is a great example of Christ power in individuals to change the world around us.  I sometime am concern with the cultural retreat-ism prevalent among some quarters of American Christianity…Christ saves us not just to wait here as if we are waiting for the dentist, with nothing to do and being idle…we are called to do good works, to advance His Kingdom, love our neighbors, and as the central focus, to share the GOSPEL of JESUS CHRIST, who died to save sinners…

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About Al Mohler, when he contemplating death

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I rarely read Challies, but he has something here…

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Roman catholic Apologist in the hot seat, in defending Purgatory based upon 1 Chorinthians 3.

Its a youtube clip.

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When Harry, 22, left Sandhurst Military Academy last year, he became a second lieutenant and joined the Blues and Royals regiment of the Household Cavalry. At the time, the defense ministry said he could possibly be deployed to Iraq, but that there might be situations when the presence of a member of the royal family could increase the risk for his comrades.

Harry himself was having none of it.

“There’s no way I’m going to put myself through Sandhurst, and then sit on my arse back home while my boys are out fighting for their country,” he said in a television interview to mark his 21st birthday.

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As mentioned before, there is still alot that needs to be developed in regards to Presuppositional Apologetics in regards to challenging Cults and other religion

Three days ago, we had an entry by Jeff Downs as an Introduction to this topic

Then, we had an article by Paul Manata of a Presuppostional Apologetics perspective in a critique on Buddhism

That was followed by Ralph Smith’s Article utilizing the Presuppositional’s Argument from the Trinity on Zen Buddhism’s problem of Monism

Tonight’s example of Presuppositional APologetics on another religion is an article on the Cult of the Urantia Paper:


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Zen: A Trinitarian Critique
by Ralph Allen Smith


Another example of Presuppostional Apologetics (for three days in a row now), as applied to other religion

This entry features an Article that critiques Zen Buddhism utilizing the Trinity

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Continuing from the last entry that introduces the topic of Counter-Cult Apologetics from a Presuppositional Apologetics, we have an article by Paul Manata:

“A Brief Pressuppositional Analysis of Buddhism“, by Paul Manata

Its application of Presuppositional Apologetics on another religion

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Presuppositional Apologetics and counter-cult?

Approaching Cults and World Religions from

A Presuppositional Apologetic Perspective


For some that might sound weird, as Bahnsen and Van Til often talks about the Atheist

But the link above is by Jeff Down, a good introduction on Presuppositional Apologetics and application with Cults and other religion


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OpinionJournal.com does an interview with a founder of Eharmony, eHarmony CEO Greg Waldorf.

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THose of us who write here for Veritas Domain have either served or are still in the Military

THe military is a place of oppourunity to share the gospel

Are you currently in Seminary?

Is God calling you to minister in the military?

THe National Guard is short on people for Chaplains right now…


Obviously, its not about the 40,000 dollar bonuses, but thought I post this

THis is something that interests me…perhaps

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Many of those who cite that the Bush Administration failed in their strategy often times have no strategy of their own.  While this blog are not run by theonomists, I myself personally have enjoyedsurveying the writing from the Christian Reconstruction movement; as those who are theonomists know, the movement is not necessarily monolithic.  But one thing I appreciate their offer is the idea that “You can’t beat something with nothing!” In other words, you could give refutation to something (Atheism, Liberalism, etc) but you got to have something positive too.  That is why Theonomists are interested in constructing a Biblical concept of culture, legal system, the family, etc.

Yet, there are those withinthe quarters of this movement who are critical of the War in Iraq.  I recently had a discussion on a blog of a known name of the Theonomic Presuppositionalist’s camp that is against the Iraq war.  His name is probably well known to some of the readers here.  Being a protege of Bahnsen, I expected a penetrating analysis of not only why the War is wrong, but in light of the theonomic spirit of “you can’t beat something with nothing!”, I don’t think it is not unfair to expect him to offer a solution.  

What I got was pathetic.  He offered several simplistic and naive suggestion.  The most stupid plan was this:

“Reinstate the Baathist government. Acknowledging our crime in invading a soveriegn nation without justification, the U.S. government should do all in its power to restore Iraq to status quo ante bellum.”

Did you read that? This is the solution that this particular individual wants: To have the old government of Saddam’s reign be reinstated into power!  His blog has discussion about the wrongs of killing innocent people as an evil, yet does he know how many people the Baathists killed?  Are we going to install a government that has formerly been the power hold on the institution that implemented the killings of innocent Iraqis? And does installing this evil government back on its feet mean that American troops will be fighting for the very evil government we removed???  When American troops accidently take the life of innocent Iraqis it is wrong and they should not be given the authority of power, but when a Baathist commit mass murder in Mass Grave Sites, they should be allowed to retain their power.  What a double standard!  And by what Standard is this okay? An arbitrary racial basis?  Is this consistent with Theonomic principles? 

Also, in order for them to rise to power again, aren’t the Baathists going to be killing a lot more people since so much of the South opposed them?  And does this guy even realized that the Baathists are fading?  They are no longer a real political force in the political landscape of Iraq: others have filled the vaccuum.  Iraq is changing.  This blogger doesn’t even realize this.  Yet this individual and others like him go on long emotionally driven diatribes to sound secure in their ignorance by going against their fellow theonomists who have ‘left the camp’ by not supporting them.  Its one thing to give loaded words and lingo to make one feel more confident in one’s position by calling people Neo-Cons, fags and Jewish bankers, but when pressed to lay down a positive plan, we discover that their solution is to bring back a reign of terror for Iraq.  What a plan huh?

When I told him that his ideas were crazy, he had a new entry up, and referring to me he stated,

“beforehand that my proposals for what our nation should do in regard to its waging an unjust war against Iraq would seem outlandish to many (”crazy” as one commentator put it). They are outlandish because we all “know” such things do not happen. For the last century, the winner takes all with no thought to justice.”

But what is his plan for Justice?  What exactly has to be done to make things just according to this Theonomist who sees a threat from the ‘secret government’ that controls the Republican and Democratic Party?

It is to reinstate the Government that has gassed innocent Kurdish villages, tyrannize Shiites, invaded its neighbors, etc. And that’s justice?  And where do you see in the Bible that this is Biblical?  On what theonomic principle?

Further things could be heaped upon this blogger.  But I think this goes to show that those Anti-War Theonomists really need to sit down and think about what they are saying.

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Sasuke and NarutoEating Ramen


Naruto, Sakura, Choji, Rock Lee, and recently Ino in episode 220 have all felt inadequate after battling various opponents. This caused them to renew their resolve, and begin training hard again. Often times the episodes ends with all the various ninja vowing to not be left behind, and train competitively to become stronger than the other. This is most notable between Naruto and Sasuke.

Let’s see what Paul has to say about competitively training:

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.”
– 1 Cor 9:24-27

So compete. And “train yourself for godliness… as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.”


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The CNN article, NASA wants to know if there are ‘lessons to be learned’ notes:

“The space agency will determine if there are “lessons to be learned” from the incident involving Nowak and determine if modifications need to be made, according to NASA deputy administrator Shana Dale.”

Whereas the Letterman Show and Jay Leno Show both  makes jokes, and the host of CNN Primetime acts completely shocked, NASA seeks answers in psychology. A Popular Mechanics article writes about possible future screening methods such as hormone monitoring, genetic screening, function magnetic resonance imaging, and even monitoring facial expressions with a computer. At the end of the article, the writer observes:

“In the end, predicting someone’s behavior several years in advance will always remain a question of probabilities. As a result, effective monitoring and intervention during a mission is likely to be as important as the initial screening process.

Coming from a Christian perspective, I understand the value in predicting reactions to stress, but in predicting sin?

1 Corinthians 1:19 notes that God will, “destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” Here is an instance in psychology, in which man’s unbelief prevents true knowledge. Proverbs 6 has this to say:

“He who commits adultery lacks sense; he who does it destroys himself. Wounds and dishonor will he get, and his disgrace will not be wiped away. For jealousy makes a man furious, and he will not spare when he takes revenge. He will accept no compensation; he will refuse though you multiply gifts.”

Thus it should be no surprise to anyone that a seemingly “good person” decides to murder somebody, because “jealously makes a man furious.” May we all take heed though, because the Christian worldview always points out that “no temptation has overtaken that is not common to man.” May God give Lisa Nowak true knowledge and wisdom that is from Christ.

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