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This verse was in my mind today:

18For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19For it is written:
   “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
      the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”[c]

(FROM 1Corinthians 1:18)

I was involved with evangelism today, with this Christian club tabling

It was instantly crazy, when this guy who was mocking the Christian faith two days ago coming to our table

THe guys and gals from the club recognized him

He got angry instantly and a crowd circled us

He said everything was a dream and an illusion (but then he said that I was in “reality” stupid!)

I didn’t say much but he felt that the listening crowd was ganging up on him

I barely got to point out some logical fallacies he committed let alone fully interaction with his worldview

He was so spiteful and insulting that the nonbelievers in the crowd was trying to plead him to calm down; a fight almost broke out between him and another non-Christian that was agreeing with him because he was so mean to everyone

I talked to the nonbeliever that almost punched the first guy; it was more decent and more calm and I thought we had some meaningful exchange

That at least was proof that there can be dialogues where those who disagree can be respectful

After the second guy, a third guy arrived, who returned from last week

He ended up saying he was a relativist and denied the laws of non-contradiction and had a “do what ever you want” philosophy

So I took his wallet out of his pocket from his jeans and I kept his ten dollars and I asked if it was right or wrong; he said its right only if I have a need and I mentioned about my debt from UCLA so it was justified in his worldview…he chuckled and got the idea but wanted the money back: I gave it to him back.

In denying the laws of noncontradiction, he ended up affirming that the blue male cow did indeed shoot JFK in November 22nd 1963 but that *SHE* was indeed all *green* and *did not exist* while being *half-pregnant* so *it* did *not shoot* the *purple platypus* in the *near future*but instead saved Barney the Purple *Alligator* that was Clinton’s mom

(You might go, what?, my point exactly)

I asked him when his take-home midterms was due: He said in two week and I told him that two weeks meant many weeks from now, or the finals week to be exact. He agreed.  Then I added it was also due last week so he might as well hand me his unfinished paper to be thrown away since it was too late.

HE was trying to be consistent with his denial of noncontradiction

Yet, in order to be consistent, he was acting inconsistent to what his worldview is

Let Scripture informs us,

18For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19For it is written:
   “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
      the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”[c]

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James White.

An Open Letter to Dr. Lee Carter

Dr. Carter Responds

A Second Open Letter to Dr. Lee Carter

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BEEN BUSY FROM THIS BLOG

The writers behind THE DOMAN FOR TRUTH have been busy away from this blog with military commitment, ministry, education, writing, teaching and even the birth of a new child!

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Bahnsen on War

War, Is It Ever Justified: Radio Talk Show with Greg L. Bahnsen

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I had military commitment, but I should be more free now to blog!

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Break from blogging…

We are busy with finals…

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A thought many Christians might have with Presuppositional Apologetics: 

Sometimes people ask me what they should do if the opponent tries to use the same method against the biblical worldview that we use against the non-biblical worldview.

Vincent Cheung’s thought is worth chewing on: 

The question implies a basic misunderstanding of biblical apologetics. It is not the method as such, but it is the content of our worldview that gives us the victory in debate. Winning by method or skill alone would be intellectual sophistry. Our method is just a way of arranging the clash, exposing the differences, and making obvious the reality of the situation, that the biblical worldview is true, and that the non-biblical worldview is false. Therefore, we have nothing to fear from the unbelievers. In fact, we want them to imitate our method of strict rational argumentation and syllogistic analysis. This will help facilitate the process of completely presenting the contents of each worldview, and thus the vindication of the biblical worldview, and the destruction of the non-biblical worldview.

(SOURCE: Vincent Cheung’s Apologetics in Conversation, pg. 39-40)

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Nothing like reading during Spring break!

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A book I finished reading like last night…

This is why I recommend this super-short booklet.

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: SLAVERY AND CHRISTIANITY, BY JOHN ROBBINS

In the history of the United States, there is no war that is bloodier for America, than the American Civil War from 1861-1865.  One of many issues and controversy surrounding this conflict was the issue of Slavery.  Today, the issue of Christianity and slavery is still bought up, and usually done in light of slavery that existed in the South. From both sides, arguments were given that attempted to justify their position by appealing to the Bible.  For anyone interested in the subject, host of books can be recommended.  Indispensable to this, is John Robbin’s latest work, “Slavery and Christianity”.

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(CAPTION: REFERENCE TO PHILEMON?)

“Slavery and Christianity” is actually a commentary on the Book of Philemon, in the New Testament.  One of Paul’s shortest epistles, this book in the Bible has always been referenced as having a dramatic impact for the abolition movement.  John Robbins pointed out early in his commentary of how people often misjudge something that is short as being insignificant.  Interestingly enough, “Slavery and Christianity” is also short, coming in at 49 pages, yet it is powerful.  Having read several commentaries on Philemon, in my estimation “Slavery and Christianity” was the best one among them.  Many people are cautious with the works of John Robbins in controversy today, but the quality of “Slavery and Christianity” is what you would expect from a Reformed and Presuppositional teacher of the Word of God: logically sharp, fascinating insight from the Biblical text, lay-man friendly and more importantly, spiritually edifying.

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            “Slavery and Christianity” commentary on Philemon draws out the social and political ramification of God’s Word, specifically as it touches on the institution on slavery.  There is no doubt, that this new book would cause a stir among some pro-Southern Slavery theologians existing even today.  For those who have always heard that Philemon advances the abolition’s cause but would like to see exactly how the argument from Biblical references goes, “Slavery and Christianity” is highly recommended.  

–Jimmy Li

 

**POSTSCRIPT: As I read this and was writing this, I know there are those out there from a theonomic perspective, that supports and defend the Southern conception of Slavery who read this xanga from time to time, feel free to respond, but I want to let you know that I think its a hard position to defend. Also, I”m going to try to find Dabney’s book articulating your perspective.  I don’t think that by being Theonomic you have to buy into Southern Slavery by the way.  Southern Slavery undermind free-market economics as well, a defining plank in Christian Reconstructionism***

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http://www.americanvision.org/articlearchive2007/03-13-07.asp

Kind of late, but better late than never

A good piece by a doctor.

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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.

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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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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:

http://www.teamtruth.com/articles/art_urantiapaper92.htm

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I changed the time zone for the posts. However it seems that the time change only affects new posts and not previous. Thus, there will be a discrepancy with the February 9th and Feburary 8th posts. This is written for archive purposes.

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I am back……….

It is good to be back home after travelling to different parts of Asia. Now back to Veritas Domain. Thanks to my fellow brothers, the blog is never close, it is always open for business.

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Veritas Domain

The name is Veritas Domain.

Veritas means truth in Latin. Something that is often convoluted in our modern society. Domain means kingdom or realm. Therefore when both are joined it stands for the realm of truth. Ultimately truth is found only in YHWH.

Welcome to Veritas Domain.

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