Posts for Nov, 2005.

11/26/2005 11:42:00 PM

ETS Report Part 2

Gods and Angels

Posted Saturday, November 26, 2005 by Charlie Trimm
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There were two papers at ETS (the national meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society) that were especially thought provoking. They had to do with what an Elohim is, and the results were far-reaching. Besides that, the title was fun.

Elohim Have Fallen and Can't Get Up: How the Gods of the Old Testament Turned into the Angels of the Early Church - Ronn Johnson

Understanding Divine Plurality: Why the Earliest Church Applied the Title theos to both Jesus and Yahweh - Ronn Johnson

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11/23/2005 11:24:00 AM

ETS Report Part 1

Posted Wednesday, November 23, 2005 by Charlie Trimm
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Well, I have recently returned from the land of bald headness and I thought I would spread the good cheer by reporting on a few of the seesions. Some were good, some were all right, some were just not helpful. I'll list mainly the more helpful ones. Go up O baldhead, and read the reports!
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11/18/2005 12:31:00 PM

Gonzalez and Richards Chapter Fifteen

Assumptions and implications are not the same thing.

Posted Friday, November 18, 2005 by Gerald Vreeland
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Chapter 15 of the book is entitled: “A Universe Designed for Discovery.”  What it deals with primarily are the rules of engagement for ascertaining design and purpose.  For people like me, raised in a family of atheistic existentialists, it is enough that mind-numbing, intricacy and irreducible complexity team up with incredibly fine-tuned rules of order – such things being impossible anywhere else! – for me to arrive at Intelligent Design.  For those predisposed to discount the Divine (usually because He won’t just arbitrarily jump into their intellectual box), it does not seem to be enough.  And so, a case must be made. Read more of Gonzalez and Richards Chapter Fifteen

11/10/2005 9:22:00 PM

In Reverence or Defeat

Bow your heads to pray...

Posted Thursday, November 10, 2005 by Brian Beers
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Last night in our prayer meeting we had a man who…gloated in his certainty that God did not intend to bring physical healing for those on our prayer list. Lest you think that I exaggerate, this man cited a woman who expressed confidence many years ago that God would heal her daughter. He then said that he “wouldn’t rub her nose in it” that her daughter has yet to be healed.
The pastor’s direction for the evening was that we ought to pray with the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16; Philippians 2:5), and this man’s gloating illustrates the idea that having the mind of Christ means that we try to guess what God is going to do. The earliest example of prayer-to-ascertain-God’s-will may be found in Acts 1:24-26 with the selection of what’s-his-name to replace Judas.
If the disciples couldn’t guess God’s will even with a pious, humble prayer what hope do we have?
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11/9/2005 4:35:00 PM

Gonzalez and Richards: Drake Equation

Assumptions and implications are not the same thing.

Posted Wednesday, November 09, 2005 by Gerald Vreeland
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In the previous episode, I had remarked that the Drake Equation (an odd attempt to reduce the possibility of finding life “out there somewhere” to statistical terms) is obsolete and ought to fall into disuse.  I seem to remember that, much earlier, I had promised that I would address the issue of Gonzalez and Richards revising the equation to fit what they feel are the advances in modern science.  Trust me, if we are looking for a number between 0 and 1, we will find ourselves much closer to 0. Read more of Gonzalez and Richards: Drake Equation

11/8/2005 10:25:00 PM

Is Government a Product of the Fall?

A consideration of dominion and headship - or - My apologies to Adam

Posted Tuesday, November 08, 2005 by Sam Yeiter
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I know Adam has been working on a post on the subject of Imago my apologies to him.  But between you and me, I think it might be years yet before he finishes it.  Anyway, this goes in a different direction (i think).  Have you ever wondered if there would have been human government had there been no Fall?  Well, if you have, you're in luck.  Wander off with me as we consider dominion, headship, and government.  I welcome your comments and floggings.

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11/5/2005 9:40:00 AM

Inner-Biblical Geography

Fun with biblical geography

Posted Saturday, November 05, 2005 by Charlie Trimm
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One of my favorite topics is intertextuality, or how the Bible uses and re-uses itself. And since I am teaching a class on biblical geography, I am currently fascinated with inner-biblical allusions that are based on geography. So here is a list of various geographical allusions that I have come across. The list is far from complete, but just contains the ones I am thinking about at this moment. Some are purely random and were probably not intended by the authors, others are part of a finely crafted literary setup. If you guys think of anymore I would be interested.
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11/4/2005 1:08:00 PM

Is it a haughty king? it Lucifer? must be poll-the-blog!

Or, by the pricking of my thumbs, some possible referents this way come...

Posted Friday, November 04, 2005 by Josh Michael
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Theoblogian is proud to release comments on another Poll-the-Blog question.  This one concerns two passages in the OT prophets - Is 14 and Ez 28.  Commentators debate whether passages in these two chapters refer to Satan/Lucifer or not.  Opinions vary dramatically among the Theoblogians - so feel free to read our responses to the question and offer your own opinions or critique our answers.


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11/3/2005 12:07:00 PM

Poll-the-Blog strikes back!!

Or, where is a good proof-text when you need it...

Posted Thursday, November 03, 2005 by Josh Michael
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Find out what is behind door #2!  See the inner workings and cutting insights of the Theoblogian braintrust!  Finally solve the mystery of the special sauce!!  Poll-the-Blog the sequel offers all this and more.

That's right!  More opportunities to pose questions for  More opportunities to see our answers to questions.  More opportunities to give your opinion - on our answers or even on the question itself!  More chances to win a trip to Tahitit.

Okay, no trips to Tahiti, but everything else is waiting for you at Poll the Blog.

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11/1/2005 1:06:00 PM

Externalized Theology

Avoiding the pitfalls of doctrinal statements

Posted Tuesday, November 01, 2005 by Brian Beers
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Six months ago I turned in and defended my personal doctrinal statement to fulfill my final requirement for graduation. This was a painful process for me and one that convinced me that I needed to spend more time examining the scriptures. I had to include a couple of things that I am not fully convinced of – things to which I can only say that I aspire to believe.
Since then I have begun considering how this institution of formal doctrinal statements relates to what we truly believe. Every church I have ever been involved with has had one. Right out of college I even encouraged my church to adopt one. I thought the litigious atmosphere in our society made it a necessity. They provide grounds on which to maintain the moral purity of a church. They are also a 4 page litmus test for whether or not I have to fellowship with you – whether or not I have to consider you credible.
The exercise of writing my own comprehensive doctrinal statement made me painfully aware of the pitfalls accompanying this institution. I believe that doctrinal statements are a valuable tool to help us communicate our understanding of theology. We should not do away with doctrinal statements, but we need to understand their limits and the pitfalls they present.

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