Tom Ehrich, an Episcopal minister and writer living in Durham, North Carolina, claims that the religious debate on the subject of abortion “is one best captured in shades of gray rather than . . . in black and white.” Ehrich asks where God stands on the issue and then only quotes Psalm 139 and Jeremiah 1:5. The Bible has a lot more to say on the subject. Gus diZerega, writing in his “Pagan’s Blog” (“Abortion is NOT Condemned by the Bible. Not even close”) on the BeliefNet Website, agrees that the Bible can’t be used to defend an anti-abortion position.
On January 30, 2009 Joel McDurmon posted an article on the American Vision website regarding his attendance at my debate with Bart Ehrman on January 21 that was held at the Airport Sheraton in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. I appreciate the opportunity to respond to specific statements that appeared in that article.
I was riding my bicycle up South Mountain, a 7 mile long ascent with portions hitting a 12% grade. I was listening to an interview on Issues Etc., and the guest was Bart Ehrman. Ehrman had burst onto the textual critical scene with his 1993 work, The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture. His new book, Misquoting Jesus, was a popularization of much of what was in the earlier, scholarly work, along with general information about the history of textual criticism, interwoven with Ehrman’s conclusions.
When thinking of the famous Greek scientist and great man of physics, Archimedes, (287 B.C.â€”212 B.C.) you might recall the historical account that has him running naked through the streets of Syracuse in Sicily crying Eureka,
When a young state senator from Illinois ascended the platform to give the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, many considered him a rising star in the Democratic Party. But even his zaniest fans could not have anticipated that, in four short years, Barack Obama would have made the leap from state senator to United States Senator, and from United States Senator to the President of the United States.
Every year, during the month of December, our family uses an advent calendar to count down the days until Christmas (and yes we know that Jesus wasn’t born on December 25). We don’t use the same schedule or the exact same Bible verses every year, but I have found the verses that we have and will be using this year to be very helpful in teaching my children how the entire Old Testament foreshadows the momentous event of the Incarnation. As we are doing this as a family, I am being reminded once again of the importance of taking a few steps back from the details and minutiae of the Bible and thinking and meditating on its main message and story.
Wanting to pay frequent visits to a friend, a little boy is regularly impeded by a small stream. Though not wide and with only a minor current, it’s too deep unless he’s carried across. Only by placing helpful stepping stones can he cross alone. But, with time and growth he’ll make it on his own. The same is true when defending the faith (1 Peter 3:15) using the presuppositional method of apologetics.
I received an email from a professor at a Bible college that got me thinking about how bogus, or revisionist, history: (1) is used to make points of fact, (2) exposes how we naively accept a point of historical assertion when referenced by an “expert” or a person of noted authority, (3) shows how immune […]