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Tidings of comfort and...wellll...hmmmm

Comment posted by Lydia on Dec 18, 21:14:

I believe that the word "core," like the word "gist," functions as a kind of signaling device. It signals to the reader and hearer and even perhaps self-signals to the theorist (!!) that "this is all no big deal." Other than that, as presently used in many NT circles, such words are coming to have very little semantic content. ... [More]

Tidings of comfort and...wellll...hmmmm

Comment posted by Tony on Dec 18, 18:29:

If making something up was part of a "genre," or if it was "accepted at the time," then any alteration of fact doesn't count as an error and hence cannot count against reliability. Actually, if making something up was part of a genre, and if it was accepted at the time, all this would do is constitute a direct basis for saying that the genre was unreliable. Individual instances of an unreliable genre are also unreliable. Hence, what Licona does here gets wrongly considered to be a "defense" of the "cor ... [More]

Tidings of comfort and...wellll...hmmmm

Comment posted by Lydia on Dec 18, 15:47:

N.S., it has saddened me for quite some time, but there are quite a number of followers of Dr. Licona who believe that in some strange way this is *defending* the Gospels. In May when he did a series of interviews with Tim Stratton on the Freethinking Podcast, they were both agreeing with each other that teaching people that there were "devices" that allowed the Gospel authors to alter facts is somehow "defending the reliability of the Gospels." Now, interestingly, that was kicked off by agreeing that you c ... [More]

Tidings of comfort and...wellll...hmmmm

Comment posted by Nobody special on Dec 18, 13:51:

*whose existence is an obvious threat to the reliability of the authores who claim... ... [More]

Tidings of comfort and...wellll...hmmmm

Comment posted by Nobody special on Dec 18, 13:39:

"Moreover, it is the *sort* of wild conjecture that one rightly does not expect to see in a person who is supposedly *defending* the reliability of the Gospels in a debate with a skeptic." This is what puzzles me... Why would somebody think that a sceptic, however open-minded he might be towards Christianity, would ever,ever, ever, be satisfied with such an approach that Licona wholeheartedly advocates for? At the end of the day, when we understand all the ancient textual magic that Licona supposedly disco ... [More]

Tidings of comfort and...wellll...hmmmm

Comment posted by Lydia on Dec 18, 12:02:

(I think I'll use Tony 1.) Tony 1: I am criticizing Licona because his "speculation" is a) crazy and hyper-complex, b) unnecessary, c) the only "solution" he suggests, rather than even considering normal harmonization, and d) utterly at odds with what else we know about the Gospel authors. Plus his methodological statement about multiple attestation and reliability is *flat wrong*, as I can show probabilistically. I am not saying, "Never conjecture about how we might have gotten the Gospel documents that ... [More]

Tidings of comfort and...wellll...hmmmm

Comment posted by Scott W. on Dec 18, 12:02:

"Midrash" seems to be the new "turtles all the way down". ... [More]

Tidings of comfort and...wellll...hmmmm

Comment posted by Tony on Dec 18, 11:41:

For the sake of clarity, the "Tony" who posted above at 9:24 am on Dec. 18 is not the Tony M who is a contributor here at this blog. He is a different Tony altogether. Tony M ... [More]

Tidings of comfort and...wellll...hmmmm

Comment posted by Willem Jan Blom on Dec 18, 10:05:

If someone points to the census story in Luke as an argument against the credibility of the Gospels, I will give this reply: 1. First, whether the nativity stories are reliable or not doesn't impact the overall reliability of the Gospels very much. Suppose, the Gospels were written around 70 AD. The events during the ministry of Jesus occurred about 40 years earlier. The events in the nativity stories happened about 70-80 years earlier. Luke could very well have had bad sources for the nativity events and ... [More]

Tidings of comfort and...wellll...hmmmm

Comment posted by Tony on Dec 18, 09:24:

Lydia, Your explanation of the ‘differences’ in Luke and Matthew are good and seem quite plausible. BUT you must readily admit you do t know. You can not know what Luke ‘knew’ or ‘heard’ or Matthew. It is speculation on your part, to explain (in a reasonable way) the problem. The issue is you have taken Mike to task for his speculation as to HOW one could explain it, which he readily admits he does not know. You are arguing about one person’s imagination by using yours...we can speculate all day but Mike ... [More]

Evangelical college associations capitulate in return for exemptions

Comment posted by DR84 on Dec 18, 02:08:

What if LGBTQXYZ beliefs and related conduct were just understood to be essentially religious and protected accordingly? I don't mean as an explicit category, but just one religion among many that are not named in anti discrimination law. I am sure this is a non-starter, but I haven't thought of a clear reason this solution would cause all the problems that sexual orientation and gender identity being added as new categories do. The one case I can think of I suspect this solution would lead to a wrong ... [More]

Evangelical college associations capitulate in return for exemptions

Comment posted by Sean Killackey on Dec 17, 22:16:

Unfortunate. The school I attend, Northwest Nazarene University, is part of the CCCU. I don't know how much influence they have within the CCCU, or how they voted. ... [More]

Evangelical college associations capitulate in return for exemptions

Comment posted by Tony on Dec 17, 20:55:

Right now, the reasoning goes, help from Evangelical organizations would be useful to "the LGBT community", and they might even be willing to consider an "exchange of protections", but at the rate the LGBT side is making converts and changing laws "that is not likely to last". ...So even if Houghton is right, the gays know they will ultimately get their way regardless and have no reason to reciprocate any concessions the evangelicals make. Mullen's a silly argument in just about every way you look at it. ... [More]

Evangelical college associations capitulate in return for exemptions

Comment posted by Lydia on Dec 17, 20:14:

Talk about a deal with the devil. And a deal that involves agreeing with the devil's wicked falsehoods to start out with. No thanks. ... [More]

Evangelical college associations capitulate in return for exemptions

Comment posted by Bonald on Dec 17, 17:05:

Supporters have an interesting reasoning. From the article: '“The fact that these basic human rights for the LGBT community are already secured for nearly 60 percent of the country at either the state or local level suggests that the window for this exchange of protections at the national level is narrow,” wrote Houghton president Mullen. “There is an opportunity in this moment that is not likely to last.”' Setting aside whether the ability to compel people to publicly accept one's lifestyle is a "basic ... [More]

Evangelical college associations capitulate in return for exemptions

Comment posted by Beth Impson on Dec 17, 08:56:

I think they decided such schools would have some kind of "second-class" membership ("associates" maybe?), but thankfully our administration and board saw that for what it is -- the first step down the slope. ... [More]

Evangelical college associations capitulate in return for exemptions

Comment posted by Lydia on Dec 15, 09:10:

That's very interesting about CCCU, Beth. If they were admitting colleges that no longer take such a stand, then it is unsurprising that the perspective of the board itself would have changed. The board is going to reflect, over time, the positions of the member schools. ... [More]

Transgender Blasphemy at the ETS

Comment posted by Mark on Dec 14, 15:41:

Likewise, the West can only pretend that boys are girls only a few times. The last time will end the society as we know it. You know who isn't bothered about the arcane question of whether because a boy feels he is a girl he must be a girl or treated like one: China. China, materialistic, atheistic China has more faith in what is real than we do in the West and that is one reason why they will pull ahead of us - there is no drag on their science by a bunch of humanities experts who are determined to be di ... [More]

Phillip Zodhiates begins prison term

Comment posted by Beth Impson on Dec 14, 10:42:

Lydia, thanks for posting this and keeping us up on this situation. May the Lord give continued strength and courage to all involved. ... [More]

Evangelical college associations capitulate in return for exemptions

Comment posted by Beth Impson on Dec 14, 10:41:

When the issue came up of the CCCU's allowing schools that no longer stand against homosexuality into membership, there were many, many discussions among the college presidents with the CCCU leadership. I am proud to say that our college considered membership benefits to be less important than truth and withdrew from the organization over it. This new stand is thus not surprising from CCCU, as it is clearly only concerned with the protection of its members and not with principles. ... [More]

Transgender Blasphemy at the ETS

Comment posted by Mark on Dec 13, 19:18:

>> The whole transgender movement is an example of what is known as a modal illusion" ... a sort of neo-Gnosticism on steroids ... Nominalism Hey there Nice. I understand the point of view, but I'm a conservative that eschews the thinking of a strain of conservative thought having to do with "modernity", certainly deterministic theories of decline of the sort that the title of Weaver's book "Ideas Have Consequences" seem to inspire in people. I don't think an abstract idea such as nominalism is as powerful ... [More]

Evangelical college associations capitulate in return for exemptions

Comment posted by Lydia on Dec 13, 16:01:

That's a good point I hadn't thought of. It shouldn't matter from the perspective of constitutional interpretation, but Kavanaugh, Roberts, and Gorsuch may not think in logical con-law terms on these issues. ... [More]

Evangelical college associations capitulate in return for exemptions

Comment posted by DR84 on Dec 13, 13:54:

I have been optimistic that if another Masterpiece cake case winds it's way to the Supreme Court that we will get the explicit broad First Amendment ruling we did not get in the first case. However, if there is a "conservative evangelical" backed federal law enshrining protections for "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" that applies to public accommodations, then Im thinking all bets are off. It is not at all unimaginable this conservative leaning Supreme Court would rubber stamp it. Heck, we could p ... [More]

Zippy Catholic: Requiescat in pace

Comment posted by Nice Marmot on Dec 13, 09:08:

"While fiscal liberals disagree and I cannot find a way to follow such an austere teaching in my own life, it's undoubtedly true that the fiscal liberalism of the right is as damaging to our culture and our church as the sexual liberalism of the left." Oh, boy, you've done it now. Ain't from around these parts, are ya? ... [More]

Child Molester Given Probation by Wac[k]o Jury

Comment posted by Lydia on Dec 13, 09:03:

Yes, we've deleted this type of thing in other places. We evidently missed this one two years ago. I will try to find it in old comments and delete it as well. ... [More]

Child Molester Given Probation by Wac[k]o Jury

Comment posted by Brian on Dec 12, 22:27:

This posting is false and malicious. Chris Brunet, a psychiatric patient, made this up and first posted it in 2006 and it has been repeatedly copied by others and re-posted. Mr. Brunet posted other false allegations about another psychiatrist and about a nurse. Later he assaulted Dr. Talarico, was found not criminally responsible because of a mental disorder, and was confined indefinitely to a prison hospital. "Julie" has copied and reposted this multiple times. ... [More]

Zippy Catholic: Requiescat in pace

Comment posted by Theodore on Dec 12, 07:12:

I had not heard until a discussion on usury brought me back to Zippy's unequaled FAQ on the subject. While fiscal liberals disagree and I cannot find a way to follow such an austere teaching in my own life, it's undoubtedly true that the fiscal liberalism of the right is as damaging to our culture and our church as the sexual liberalism of the left. May God have mercy on all our souls, and I'm sure his time in purgatory was short. ... [More]

Transgender Blasphemy at the ETS

Comment posted by Avraham Rosenblum on Dec 10, 09:06:

If fired for his faith, then he will probably do OK. That is my impression of things. You do not look when you stand up for what is right. ... [More]

Transgender Blasphemy at the ETS

Comment posted by DR84 on Dec 10, 00:51:

"When I was blogging, I did a series called Modern Test Acts. Basically it was news items pointing to demand for acceptance of LGBT dogmas as a condition of employment much like the old Test Acts of England where people would have to renounce Catholicism before they could hold a public office." A commenter on Rod Dreher's blog mentioned a question on a job application for the US operations of a major Japanese company. The question was 'are you part of the LGBTQ'? The answers included both yes,no,prefer t ... [More]

Transgender Blasphemy at the ETS

Comment posted by Scott W. on Dec 9, 18:09:

When I was blogging, I did a series called Modern Test Acts. Basically it was news items pointing to demand for acceptance of LGBT dogmas as a condition of employment much like the old Test Acts of England where people would have to renounce Catholicism before they could hold a public office. The only thing I couldn't really nail down is what form it would take. It's starting to look like it's the transgender thing: https://www.dailywire.com/news/39195/high-school-teacher-fired-refusing-use-transgender-han ... [More]

Transgender Blasphemy at the ETS

Comment posted by Avraham Rosenblum on Dec 9, 06:23:

In every generation some new kind of insanity enters into the world. Those of the older generation recognize this new thing as insanity but usually are still stuck in their older insanity that came into the world before that. It is hard to navigate through the mess. So the best thing is to keep your head low so as not to get caught in the cross fire. ... [More]

Transgender Blasphemy at the ETS

Comment posted by Nice Marmot on Dec 8, 12:00:

"The whole transgender movement is an example of what is known as a modal illusion" And a sort of neo-Gnosticism on steroids: "What is effected by Nominalism, as it is appropriated out of Occam's intricate arguments, is an instrument of power over nature justified on the authority of autonomous intellect, whereby the Platonic idea of the transcendent model is presumed a creation by autonomous intellect itself through its signs [i.e., words -- M.M. makes this apparent earlier in the essay], as first divorc ... [More]

Transgender Blasphemy at the ETS

Comment posted by Tony on Dec 8, 09:32:

like WWE Wrestling meets My Little Pony I love that simile. Hits it just right. ... [More]

Peter Hitchens and the Glory of Outrage

Comment posted by Don on Dec 8, 00:40:

Hitchens does not really make an argument, but he states better than most anyone can, what I believe is obvious to everyone who is willing to look. Great conversation. ... [More]

Transgender Blasphemy at the ETS

Comment posted by The Masked Chicken on Dec 7, 13:14:

I really wish people in the humanities would study modal logic. The whole transgender movement is an example of what is known as a modal illusion: https://www.iep.utm.edu/mod-illu/ Just because a man might think he is a woman doesn't mean that he is actually referring to himself, but, rather, someone similar to himself, whom he imagines is a woman, but, then loses the ability to distinguish between himself as himself and his imaginary similar self. The logician, Saul Kripke, brought up this problem in 19 ... [More]

Transgender Blasphemy at the ETS

Comment posted by Scott W. on Dec 7, 07:36:

David Albert Jones is a Catholic and a leading ethicist, the head of a bioethics institute in England Fair enough. I'm become used to the Catholic dissenter's trick of digging through the slagpile of theologians with zero magisterial authority and holding them up like they are issuing fatwas. ... [More]

Transgender Blasphemy at the ETS

Comment posted by Nice Marmot on Dec 7, 06:42:

"maybe it's being named David?" My guess is that it's to differentiate themselves from other "David Hart's" and "David Jones's." If you google the names you'll see there are lots of both. "I am not aware of the process by which things were included and other things excluded in the cannon." F.F. Bruce's The Canon of Scripture is a good thorough introduction to the subject. ... [More]

Transgender Blasphemy at the ETS

Comment posted by Tony on Dec 6, 23:45:

Who? David Albert Jones is a Catholic and a leading ethicist, the head of a bioethics institute in England. This, of course, means that DAJ suffers from the handicap of being a leading bioethicist. Most bioethics programs and centers have a vast retrograde understanding of ethics and bioethics, so he would have to swim very strongly indeed to be in his position and still have a sound bioethics. It can be done, but it is very, very hard, and apparently he hasn't succeeded. No, adoption isn't like tr ... [More]

Transgender Blasphemy at the ETS

Comment posted by Sage McLaughlin on Dec 6, 16:49:

when Catholic Doug Kmiec burst on the scene and was apparently on a plane of pro-life so high that normal pro-lifers had never heard of him. That's a hilarious take on that episode, Scott, which I had forgotten. Thanks (?) for that. ... [More]

Transgender Blasphemy at the ETS

Comment posted by Scott W. on Dec 6, 14:04:

Catholic theologian, David Albert Jones Who? Pardon me. That just reminded me of the first Obama election when Catholic Doug Kmiec burst on the scene and was apparently on a plane of pro-life so high that normal pro-lifers had never heard of him. ... [More]