ThoughtLetters filed under 1995

On Buddhism

Ten Questions I’d Ask If I Could Interview Siddhartha Gautama Today by Daryl E. Witmer, AIIA Executive Director A number of you reading this paper each month are adherents and/or proponents of one of the three major Eastern religious traditions-Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism. This month we’re continuing our series on the same, with the following […]

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On Hinduism

Some of you reading this paper are adherents and/or proponents of one of the three major Eastern religious traditions-Hinduism, Buddhism, or Taoism. So this month we’re launching a series on the same. The following piece was written especially for the Proclamation by Bob Pardon, founder and executive director of the New England Institute of Religious […]

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Quote Forum: The Time & Duration of Creation

This month we’re presenting the second of a two-part series on the subject of origins-in this issue dealing primarily with two questions: How long ago, and over how long a period, did creation occur? Just how literally should we interpret Scripture? While making a sincere effort to preserve the integrity of all sources in terms […]

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Quote Forum: Creation or Evolution

This month we present the first of a two-part series on the subject of origins-in this issue dealing primarily with the question of how, and next month with when. The following rather notable quotations have been accumulated over a period of many years. While making a sincere effort to preserve the integrity and intent of […]

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Responding to a Christian Scientist

EDITOR’S NOTE Every month this thoughtletter is mailed to hundreds of skeptics, agnostics, and other individuals who (per-haps like yourself) do not necessarily share our AIIA worldview and/or doctrine. While we always welcome response to this paper, we’re particularly glad to hear from those who may sincerely doubt or disagree with what we present, yet […]

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On Relativism

To some, the subject of relativism sounds extremely boring. Others tend to associate it with Albert Einstein, confusing the philosophical thoughtform of relativism with the scientific theory of relativity. Here at AIIA, we are inclined to believe that relativism is very possibly the most pressing and potentially destructive deception of our time. Which is one […]

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Encounter on a Plane: Evidence for the Biblical God

by John M. Frame, Professor of Apologetics & Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary (CA) The following imagined and spontaneous exchange between author Frame and “Al”, his seat mate on an airplane, is excerpted here in mid-conversation from chapter nine of a new text, Apologetics to the Glory of God, by John M. Frame, ©1994, […]

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On Life’s Ultimate Purpose

The haunting lyrics from the famous 1966 film Alfie, with rather wistful desperation, seek for some viable sense of meaning in the oft times gray, grinding routine of life: “What’s it all about, Alfie? Is it just for the moment we live? What’s it all about-what’s it all about, Alfie?” Perhaps you ask yourself the […]

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Handling an Old Resurrection Objection

Down through the years a wide variety of challenges have been raised regarding the Biblical claim that Jesus of Nazareth was ever truly resurrected from the grave on the third day after His crucifixion and burial. Each of these challenges attempts to demonstrate, in one way or another, that the resurrection was, in fact, a […]

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Are There Contradictions in the Bible? Part III of a series on resolving discrepancies (so-called) in Scripture

This is the third and final part of a series of articles responding to allegations of Bible discrepancies and contradictions. This month we are providing the solution to a variety of commonly-alleged textual conflicts. A related comment follows. Allegation #1. In Matthew 22:42 (NASB) Jesus says, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose son […]

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Are There Contradictions in the Bible? Part II of a Series on Resolving Discrepancies (so-called) in Scripture

This article is the second in a series of articles that seek to respond to allegations of Bible discrepancies and contradictions. Again this month we are responding specifically to a six-page paper entitled “Errors in Your Holy Book!” that came to us from a man in Brockton, Massachusetts, through a mutual friend in Boston. It […]

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Are There Contradictions in the Bible? Part I of a Series on Resolving Discrepancies (so-called) in Scripture

One day last April (1994) I received correspondence from my friend, Les, in Boston. In his letter to me Les said that not long before he had met a man in neighboring Brockton who had given him a paper entitled “Errors in Your Holy Book!” Les immediately sent me a copy of this 6-page paper […]

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