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comment What is specified complexity?
Although ID proponents are careful not to use Christian terminology in their scientific work, they are not shy about proclaiming the Christian foundation of ID.
Mar
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comment What is specified complexity?
@fredsbend Dembski's specified complexity is part of the Intelligent Design (ID) movement, which is sponsored by the Discovery Institute's Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture. That organization explicitly identifies ID as an attempt "to reverse the stifling dominance of the materialist worldview, and to replace it with a science consonant with Christian and theistic convictions." (The quote is from the Five Year Strategic Plan Summary on page 6 of the 1998 Wedge Document.)
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comment Did the importance of the resurrection increase as the New Testament was written?
Some of the later Christian writers (3rd century and beyond) disagree about whether Peter was still alive when the gospel was written, but that's getting too late to be a valid historical source--and in any case, even at that time there's still a stream of writings claiming Mark was written after Peter's death.
Oct
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comment Did the importance of the resurrection increase as the New Testament was written?
(Papias: "Mark became Peter’s interpreter and wrote accurately all that he remembered" and Irenaeus: "After their departure, Mark, the disciple and interpreter of Peter, handed on his preaching to us in written form", both indicating that the gospel was written after Peter's death.) A date much earlier than 70 makes Mark's parenthetical "let the reader understand" unintelligible, and anything before about 65 would be during Peter's life.
Oct
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comment Did the importance of the resurrection increase as the New Testament was written?
@ThaddeusB I think any serious scholar has to account for both the internal evidence (Mark 13:14 "let the reader understand"--indicating that the events Jesus had predicted would be well known to the reader) and the early external evidence...
Oct
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comment Did the importance of the resurrection increase as the New Testament was written?
I'd be surprised if there were more than a handful of serious scholars who would place Mark as early as 60. That's a perspective you'll see more in apologetics than in scholarship. But I agree that 80 is equally extreme. I think the dates reflect late 20th century scholarship and have not been updated to account for current research.
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comment From a Calvinist perspective, does Limited Atonement make the Gospel offer empty?
@DanielS Well, I did say that they needed it, not that they wanted it or asked for it.
Sep
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comment From a Calvinist perspective, does Limited Atonement make the Gospel offer empty?
I don't think the analogy is right. From my understanding, a more accurate analogy for Calvinism would be: I have $100. I hear that someone is in need of $100, but I don't give it to him because I've already promised one of my friends that he can have the $100 whenever he needs it. It doesn't matter how much someone else needs it or how nicely they ask for it, they're never going to get the $100 because the decision has already been made.
Sep
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comment Among modern critics who believe in the attributed authorship of the Gospels, what are their arguments?
@rhetorician I saw his answer. It's pretty thorough, but I'm not convinced. And it's not because I have an "anti-supernatural bias". I just find the evidence against the traditional attributions more compelling (at least in the cases of Matthew and John; for Mark and Luke I'm not fully convinced either way).
Sep
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comment Among modern critics who believe in the attributed authorship of the Gospels, what are their arguments?
This answer is garbage. Not only does it not answer the question, it doesn't even address the views actually held by critical scholars. It's simply a disjointed series of strawman attacks with no merit whatsoever.
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revised What is the physical evidence for a local flood?
Added OEC arguments for an actual, local flood
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revised What is the physical evidence for a local flood?
revised due to changes in the question
Sep
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comment Was “No prophet ever came out of Galilee” sarcastic?
Or was Jonah a false prophet? His prophecy, after all, was not fulfilled.
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comment Has the Catholic Church ever opposed interracial marriage?
Possibly relevant: quora.com/…