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Faith and Equivocation Thereof

Let’s begin with a bible verse from Hebrew 11:1; “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

I normally find that what atheists mean when we use the term faith is more akin to “blind faith.” On the other hand my Christian friends never mean “blind faith” when they talk about having faith. When, say for example Hebrews 11:1 is invoked, “faith” here means something more like “trusted belief.” I know this sounds like an apologetic, and it might be, but that doesn’t change the reasons why and if we do not make such a distinction we are at risk of equivocating the distinction. Continue reading

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The Revelation to John: Αποκαλυψις, an unveiling!

English: Bust of Nero at the Capitoline Museum...

Bust of Nero at the Capitoline Museum, Rome 

Interpreted in its historical context we can gain some useful insights about what message John is trying to get across to his audience. So what on earth does context even mean in the case of ancient human artifacts? Understanding of the historical context of any bible text means understanding the social, economic, political; and often with apocalyptic literature, the oppressive circumstances it is being written under. This oppressive arrangement cannot be stressed enough here. Continue reading

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The Revelation to John: Written on an Acid Trip? What about Authorship?

St. John on Patmos, B.M. ADD. MS. 11870, Fol. ...

The claim that The revelation to John was written on an acid trip can be found all over the atheist and skeptical blogosphere, as well as many podcasts and surprisingly made by the occasional historian (who should know better!). Continue reading

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