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Someone asked me the following:

How can one respond to the statement:

“The OT is just a collection and rehash from older sources” (for example: Sumerian)

Usually non-believers use this approach to undermine the Genesis narratives, stating that there are civilizations much older than the Hebrew people, thus, the books from the Hebrews have been inspired by previous texts from those folks.

Here’s my reply:

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Eugene Peterson lectures at University Presbyterian Church in Seattle, Wash., in May 2009. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

Yesterday I posted “The Mess: Eugene Peterson’s affirmation of Homosexuality” in which I examined Eugene Peterson’s comments that affirmed same-sex marriage and gay relationship in light of the Scriptures.  It turns out that Eugene Peterson faced such backlashed that he issued a retraction as Christianity Today (more like Christianity Astray) reported.  But the retraction to me brought more concerns than comfort.

Here’s my take on his recent comments.

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GO TO PART 40

Point: Sometimes when one engage in apologetics the issue of alleged Bible contradiction comes up.  There are times when those who assert that there are contradictory verses in the Bible fail to acknowledge that words can have more than one meaning and thus a word used in one context does not mean the same thing in another context.  But if one fail to recognize there are differences of meaning of the word being used in two separate contexts, a skeptic can easily assume there’s a Bible contradiction when there are none.  Are there any examples of this error to get the point across to a skeptic of their foolish methodology and mistake?

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Here are links related to Presuppositional Apologetics gathered between June 8th-14th, 2017.

1.) Collection of 40 Apologetics Illustrations

2.) Understanding Cornelius Van Til

3.) Twinkleless AND Clueless

4.) Review of All Three John Frame’s Selected Shorter Writings Volumes

5.) Socially-conditioned belief

6.) The Essential Van Til — God not God

7.) It is to Laugh

 

Missed the last round up?  Check out the re-blogged post from a friend OR that of Another REBLOG HERE

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Over some years I’ve been slowly writing down illustrations that I thought might be helpful for sermons or evangelism that has apologetics’ thrusts.

Here’s 40 of them arranged topically.

Illustrations in Defense of the Importance of Doctrines and the need for Discernment of False Doctrines

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GO TO PART 39

Point: Sometimes when one engage in apologetics the issue of alleged Bible contradiction comes up.  There are times when those who assert that there are contradictory and conflicting verses in the Bible reveal more about their biases than actual problem with the Bible itself since contextually the situation is really a case of “both/and” rather than an “either/or” contradiction with the Bible.

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Here’s a doctoral dissertation that Southern Seminary has made available titled “A Worldview Analysis of Sam Harris’ Philosophical Naturalism in The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values.”  It is a critique of atheist Sam Harris one of the “New Atheists.”  The dissertation was written by Mike Blackaby and was completed on December 23rd, 2016.

Here’s an abstract:

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