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I was asked by brother Alf to consider reading and offering my thoughts on liberal Rachel Held Evans’ book titled Inspired.  Usually I take a long time reading books I disagree with and posting about it on my blog since I want my critique to be accurate of their view, logically sound in my arguments and that what I say is true.

In an interview Rachel Held Evans said this about her male critics who are pastors and seminarians:

Actually they don’t criticize my hermeneutics or my exegesis. They just say, “This woman has no authority to write about the Bible.” They don’t even attempt to engage the arguments that I make, and that’s what irritates me.

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Note here she said they didn’t handle her hermenuetics, her exegesis nor her arguments but attack her as a woman.  In this post and future posts I won’t be attacking her as a woman.  I also think Rachel Held Evans’ statements about her detractors thus far shouldn’t be attributed to all those who disagree with her; that would not be fair.  I think thoughtful reviews of any books takes time, even responses to terrible books because it takes time to be fair and offer sound arguments against a book’s perspective.  Her book was released on June 12th, 2018 and her statement in that interview was on July 6th.  Sometimes in academia it takes months or even over a year before there’s a critique from the other side.  So for her to say no one who is a pastor and in seminary has critiqued her hermeneutics, exegesis and arguments is rather premature.  It’s also strikes me as a bit narcissistic for someone who is professing to write a book admitting she’s not a Bible scholar to think meaningful responses from pastors and those in seminary should be served right away (3 weeks) when others who are more serious scholars get their response much slower.

In this post I will offer my thoughts on the “Introduction” for the book.

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This is from my daily Greek exercise of sight reading a few months ago, courtesy of Vincent S Artale Jr.

Our text is from the Greek translation of Ephesians 6:11.  Here is my translation:

“SENTENCE 11 ἐνδύσασθε τὴν πανοπλίαν τοῦ θεοῦ πρὸς τὸ δύνασθαι ὑμᾶς στῆναι
Put on the Armor of God in order you be able to stand

πρὸς τὰς μεθοδείας τοῦ διαβόλου”
against the scheme of the devil

Here are some observations:

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This alleged Bible contradiction took some time to write.  I had to sleep on it and do more research to respond to it.

For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: When (at what time of day) was Jesus crucified?

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes indicate a Bible contradiction:

At the third hour

It was the third hour when they crucified Him.” (Mark 15:25)

Sometime after the sixth hour

Now it was the day of preparation for the Passover; it was about the sixth hour. And he *said to the Jews, “Behold, your King!” 15 So they cried out, “Away with Him, away with Him, crucify Him!” Pilate *said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.”16 So he then handed Him over to them to be crucified.” (John 19:14-16)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

Here’s a closer look at whether or not there is a contradiction:

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This is a quick post.  Are you more of a morning person or night person?  Who you are might influence the time you do your devotions from Scripture.  But have you consider adding a different part of the day for your devotions?  Here’s my thoughts.

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Who sent the Holy Ghost?

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes they indicate a Bible contradiction:

Jesus

When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me,” (John 15:26)

The Father

I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever;” (John 14:16)

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” (John 14:26)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

Here’s a closer look at whether or not there is a contradiction:

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In our post “How to Handle Bible Contradictions” I talked about how worldview matters concerning alleged Bible contradictions:

Discussing Bible contradictions doesn’t happen in a vacuum…worldviews shapes one’s interpretation of what are evidences, facts, and the laws of thoughts.

Because worldview matters we must also be conscious of not just refuting Bible contradictions but also whether the skeptics’ worldview even allow for the intelligibility and meaningfulness of talking about “contradictions” or whether the skeptics’ worldview is a self-defeater and undermine their whole enterprise:

So its worth exploring whether a skeptics’ worldview can even make the laws of logic intelligible.  If their own worldview destroys the laws of logic, then there’s no place for them to even critique and say the Bible is problematic by being contradictory in the first place.  Of course worldview apologetics doesn’t take away the place of examining alleged Bible contradictions and refuting them.  But we must not forget that worldviews are important and that if one is arguing for a particular worldview or the rejection of a worldview based upon the claim that the Bible has contradictions, then Presuppositional apologetics must be brought to bear.

Having thus far refuted 70 alleged Bible contradictions from the Skeptic Annotated Bible (SAB) on this blog I thought it would be fair to probe whether the worldview of the author would undermine his own project of the Skeptic Annotated Bible.  What I’m asking here is a famous question asked by theologian Cornelius Van Til: “On what foundation rest the guns which he directs against the Christian position?”  Is it going to be a good foundation or will it be bad ground for his “artillery?”

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This is from my daily Greek exercise of sight reading a few months ago, courtesy of Vincent S Artale Jr.

Our text is from the Greek translation of Ephesians 6:2.  Here is my translation:

“SENTENCE 2 τίμα τὸν πατέρα σου καὶ τὴν μητέρα
Honor your father and mother

SUB-POINT ἥτις ἐστὶν ἐντολὴ πρώτη ἐν ἐπαγγελίᾳ”
For this is the first commandment with a promise

Here are some observations:

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