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I'm an undergraduate Engineering/Mathematics Student down in Brisbane, Australia. Interested in learning as much as I possibly can about maths, particularly the ideas/constructions/history/motivation behind the classic undergraduate concepts.


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Sep
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comment How does the Catholic Church reconcile evolution with original sin?
Not to start an internet flame war, but this is a very hard line for a Christian scientist to take in the year 2014. Perhaps if you could explain the vestigial GULO gene in human DNA, or the merged chimpanzee chromosomes, or even the plethora of endogenous retro viruses. I don't know if fellow Christians are aware of just how strong an evidence base they are dismissing.
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comment Sources on Historical Reliability of the New Testament
It's funny, I find myself largely agreeing with you. All I object to is the idea that of 'blind faith' - faith based on belief, which is itself based on faith. As I said earlier - quite circular. Our example in scripture is in Acts 17:11 - Thomas had lived with Jesus 3 years, but the Bereans are perhaps an example of people in a position more like ours. Re the chair, all I meant to say was that 'faith' in religion and 'faith' in sitting on a chair are both based on evidence of some kind. Obviously, these are generally 'entirely different' ( ;) ) types of evidence.
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comment Sources on Historical Reliability of the New Testament
On the faith and belief issue - I apologise if I came across as a bit flippant or cynical - the idea that Christians just 'base their beliefs on faith' hit a bit of a raw nerve for me. In some circles, faith has almost become a smear word intellectually - we compare rigour and rationalism with the blind faith and mysticism of Christianity. I suppose I would say that the Christian 'faith' is the same as for example, the faith that your chair will hold you when you sit on it. This is still 'faith', but it's not irrational - it's based on experience, knowledge and evidence.
Jan
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comment Sources on Historical Reliability of the New Testament
In case you're interested: While I haven't read it, William Lane Craig (see here) claims that N.T. Wright makes this claim ('that the empty tomb and (post-mortem) appearances have an historical probability which is to be so high as to be 'virtually certain', like the death of Augustus in AD 14') in his book 'The Resurrection of the Son of God'. And I agree with your comments about history - what I'm really interested in is the degree to which independent historical evidence would support Christian doctrine - I don't expect any certainties.
Jan
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comment Sources on Historical Reliability of the New Testament
By the by, I'm also slightly confused by your last sentence - basing belief on faith ... they're basically synonyms - slightly circular don't you think :)
Jan
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comment Sources on Historical Reliability of the New Testament
Thankyou very much for your thoughts - I really appreciate them, though I'm still not entirely convinced. I am aware (after a few weeks of reading around :) ) that someone like N.T. Wright would argue that events like the crucifixion and burial of Jesus, the discovery of the empty tomb and experiences of post-mortem appearances by Jesus are as certain as any other facts of ancient history. Of course, these events do not necessarily imply the resurrection, but if what Dr Wright claims is indeed true, this would constitute solid evidence of its occurrence as a historical fact.
Jan
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comment Sources on Historical Reliability of the New Testament
To be fair, there are many secular books out there that don't acknowledge the Christian arguments either. I don't want to pretend that either side is without fault
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comment Sources on Historical Reliability of the New Testament
@David Stratton what I suppose I'm looking for is an honest account of the evidence, either from a Christian or non-christian. Just because someone believes one viewpoint doesn't mean he can't present the evidence and respectfully discuss alternative views. I feel though that many popular christian apologetics make the situation look too straightforward. I'm led to this conclusion by their failure to acknowledge what Wikipedia at least claims almost universally accepted. An honest appraisal would discuss the various pros and cons of each view fairly. I begin to fear I am asking too much :)
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comment Sources on Historical Reliability of the New Testament
@Marc Gravell I suppose I'm just looking generally at the reliability of both the historical events and the authority of the teaching that is based upon these (and of course the authority of the teaching is closely related to the authorship)
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accepted According to the Bible, does sin give Satan 'Legal Access' to your life in any sense?
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comment According to the Bible, does sin give Satan 'Legal Access' to your life in any sense?
Thanks very much for your answer! While I did leave the question a little vague (after all, this isn't so much my doctrine as my friend's) looking quickly through the links to different teachings I think we're definitely both talking about the same doctrine. Just looking at your first link, I find it very interesting that my friend often talks about 'ancestral sins', 'soul ties', etc. I guess she's been reading these books :) I think I find myself in a similar position to yourself: I haven't run into much biblical exposition for this teaching, so I remain uncommited for now :)
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asked According to the Bible, does sin give Satan 'Legal Access' to your life in any sense?
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