ThoughtLetters filed under 2002

When Did the Luke 2 Census Occur? Resolving Bible Difficulties, Part 3

by Daryl E. Witmer EDITOR’S NOTE: This month’s issue of the Proclamation features the third in a three-part series of articles on reasonable solutions to difficult Bible texts. There are many alleged discrepancies in Scripture but, given the right resources, we are convinced that there are sensible ways to unravel every one of them. This […]

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Which is the Smallest of Seeds? Resolving Bible Difficulties, Part 2

by Daryl E. Witmer EDITOR’S NOTE: This month’s issue of the Proclamation features the second in a three-part series of articles on reasonable solutions to difficult Bible texts. There are many alleged discrepancies in Scripture, but given the right resources, we are convinced that there are sensible ways to unravel every one of them. This […]

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How Many Sons Did Jesse Have? Resolving Bible Difficulties, Part 1

by Daryl E. Witmer EDITOR’S NOTE: This month’s issue of the Proclamation features the first in a three-part series of articles on reason-able resolutions of difficult Bible texts. While there are many alleged discrepancies in Scripture, we believe that – given the right resources – there are sensible ways of unraveling every one. This series […]

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Hardball Skepticism

Responding to objections from three seasoned skeptics Richard B. Keyes Dick Keyes is director of L’Abri MA, a residential study center in Southborough, Massachusetts. See www.labri.org/branch_mass_intro.htm. L’Abri was founded in Switzerland by the late Dr. Francis Schaeffer in 1955. Mr. Keyes is also an author and lecturer. Since 1997 he has served as an AIIA […]

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Is the Bible’s Survival Evidence of Its Divinity?

Compiled by Daryl E. Witmer, AIIA Director Think about this or a moment… If the Bible really is the inspired Word of a Creator-God who has chosen to reveal critical truth to humanity in written form, you would then expect this God to see to it that the Bible survives, right? You may say that […]

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An AIIA Quote Forum

Compiled by Daryl E. Witmer an-thro-po-cen-tric – adj. 1. Regarding human beings as the central element of the universe. 2. Interpreting reality exclusively in terms of human values and experience. Somewhere recently I read the testimony of an individual whose family had narrowly escaped serious physical harm. In a spirit of gratitude, the writer concluded […]

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Ground Rules for Earth & Life Origins

The First Law of Thermodynamics “In any process, energy can be changed from one form to another (including heat and work), but it is never created or destroyed.” The Second Law of Thermodynamics In a spontaneous irreversible process, the total entropy of the system and its surroundings always increases. For any process, the total entropy […]

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The Nation of Islam

An insightful interview with Robert T. Pardon, M.Div., Th.M. Bob Pardon is director of the New England Institute of Religious Research (NEIRR) in Lakeville MA (see www.neirr.org), and has been an AIIA Resource Associate since 1995. The Nation of Islam (NOI) is most commonly defined as a quasi-religious, U.S.-based, black nationalist organization with an estimated […]

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Did God Condone Infanticide?

by Daryl E. Witmer “Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘…go and strike Amalek and utterly destroy all that he has, and do not spare him; but put to death both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’” – from I Samuel 15:2-3, NASB So what’s up with this, man? […]

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What Is Sin?

by Daryl E. Witmer Historically, Christian orthodoxy has derived its definition of sin from the Bible. And the Bible has this to say about sin: Psalm 51:5 “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me.” Romans 5:12 “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and […]

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