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May 7th, 2012

The First Search for the Historical Jesus

by Max Andrews

There are three main reasons why the search for the historical Jesus began (of three searches). The first is the problems raised in the Gospels such as consistency, apparent contradictions, historical accuracy, etc. Then there was the problem posed by the Reformation in completely changing the perspective on the Bible and Jesus. Finally, there was the current worldview of modernity.  This led many to believe that the Gospels do not give an accurate portrayal of the real Jesus, which caused the need to search through all the sources to find the historical Jesus.

The first search was from 1778-1906.  Rationalism and deism became the dominant epistemology and worldviews in the eighteenth century.  In 1778 Hermann Reimarus wrote On the Intention of Jesus and the Disciples and was the first to make the distinction between the Christ of faith and the Jesus of history. A gap began to form between history and faith.

Numerous other fictions “lives” of Jesus were written throughout the late eighteenth and into the nineteenth century.  These writers included K.F. Bardht (1792), K.H. Venturini (1809), and Heinrich Paulus (1828).

May 7th, 2012

Magnetic Monopoles and Young Earth Creationism

by Max Andrews

Magnetic monopoles are extremely massive particles carrying a net magnetic charge, which is a result of predictions made by all the grand unified theories.  By combining the grand unified theories with non-inflation scenarios the expected age of the universe is no longer 13.73 billion years old and it becomes about 30,000 years old.  Inflation eliminates these monopoles by arranging the parameters so that inflation takes place after or during monopole production, so the monopole density is diluted to a completely negligible level.[1]

Perhaps creationists can use this in an argument for a young universe.  Has anyone heard it be used?

May 7th, 2012

Quantum Tunneling in Action

by Max Andrews

I’m sure several of you have heard of quantum tunneling.  Vic Stenger is constantly appealing to it in order to explain the origin of the early universe.  In a false vacuum quantum fluctuations can occur which allows decay.  In a false vacuum the vacuum energy barrier (the Higgs field) doesn’t have enough energy to traverse the field. (Think of a ball sitting on top of a sombrero making an indentation on the top).  Even though it cannot traverse the field it can traverse it via tunneling.

May 7th, 2012

Where’s Your Verse?

by Max Andrews

I recently had an online exchange with someone who was arguing against middle knowledge.  He included statements like, “Supposedly Scripture teaches man has a free will” and, “That’s no where in Scripture.”  You’ll be surprised how much doctrine we believe to be true is not explicitly stated in Scripture.  Here are a few things that are not explicitly stated in Scripture that are commonly accepted doctrines:

  • The Trinity:  I believe God exists in a trinity of persons and I believe the Bible teaches the trinity but only implicitly.  You’re not going to find “trinity” or “three beings in one” anywhere in the Bible.
  • The Hypostatic Union:  There isn’t a clear articulation of the coherence of the hypostatic union in Scripture.  The Bible merely teaches what it was and that it happened.
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