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This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Opus 2024-144: Air Quotes

We need to start using air quotes and paying attention when we see them.

The thought came to mind in regard to “Biblical scholars” and wondering if the quotes should be around one word or both.  

The thought moved to “scientists”.  Keep in mind anyone who says, “The science is settled” is not a scientist but an imposter.  Science is never “settled”.  That is why it is science.  

I was reading the portion of Josh McDowell’s More Evidence that Demands a Verdict.  He was working through what is called the Documentary Hypothesis of interpreting the Old Testament.  If you don’t know anything about it, all you need to know is enough to realize how ridiculous it is.  Josh works through the theory step by step and gives examples of how modern archeology has proven these university professor wrong.  He even points out that there was enough evidence when they introduced their theories to prove them wrong.  He points out the errors of their ways in a very direct but gentlemanly way.

If you know anything about Josh McDowell you know that he is a gentleman.  He has been a faithful advocate for Christianity and is one of the greats of the 20th century.  At times he is too much of a gentleman.  It is perfectly clear that the reason these “Biblical Scholars” came up with their theory and kept pushing it in the face of facts was that they hated the Bible and everything it said.  They were not trying to “understand”, they were trying to destroy.  He talks all around it and implies such a thing but never says it.  

One of the qualifications that the Air Quote people have is an advanced degree.  They are educated beyond their ability to exercise humility.  Education is a grand thing.  Pride is poison.  It seems that pride trumps education.  What should teach limitations instead bloats egos.  As someone with a college degree (BA), a seminary degree (M.Div) and enough classes in education to qualify for three different teaching credentials, I remain unimpressed by diplomas and certificates.  Look for character concentrated in integrity and don’t be impressed with the meaningless paper that hangs on the wall.

homo unius libri

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