Question: If you feel like a heart attack, go to the University of Idaho website, type N.F.Gier in the search box and then select GRE.It’s a reference to his book ” God Reason and the Evangelicals”. Then select Chapter 13. The point is that Genesis one describes the earth as surrounded by a solid “firmament.” […]

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Question: How can you explain the seeming contradiction in the Genesis story which has the sun and the moon being created on the fourth day, if there was already day and night on the first day of creation? Isn?t this an example of the Bible being contradicted by science and by common sense? Answer: I […]

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Question: I was talking to a Muslim and he told me that the word that was used in the original Hebrew New Testament for the cross actually meant Stick and that the word has changes over time to mean cross, is this true? Also I am readibng your book “Reasons for Belief.” It is very […]

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Questions (there are several here): Let us take the final 11 verses of Mark for which the earliest evidence is non-existent. Why and by whom were they later added? Why was Jesus described as riding on a donkey? Because the writer knew it would be seen as the fulfilment of OT prophecy and would therefore […]

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Question The earliest Gospel was written c. 70 AD. We have only purported reports of what Jesus said – see for example Geza Vermes ” The Authentic Gospel of Jesus” or further ” The Jesus Mysteries” by Freke & Gandy. Even evangelical writers such as Mark Stibbe talk of “redactors” and “interpretations.” The claims you […]

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Question:Please comment on three quotes I found in your book, “Is There a God?” Page 23. ” If in asking questions about the Bible one is unwilling to reach the conclusion that the Bible is wrong, then it is easy to predict what conclusion will be reached. Page 25.” Belief in Adam and Eve can […]

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Question: Does the denial of macro-evolutionary theory fly in the face of decades of evidence & research? Isn’t the idea of ‘theory’, in regards to macro-evolution, really a fact on balance of probabilities (considering paleontological discoveries)? Is it incredibly simplistic & naive to say that people like Richard Dawkins (who wrote ‘The Selfish Gene’ & […]

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Question: I was rereading your article on the ID debate after reading through an interesting article found at the link below http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/archive/00002583/ It made me reconsider your statement: “There is no experiment one can even conceive of which can test the design hypothesis. What could one do in a laboratory to test whether a system […]

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Question: I have a friend who is a Muslim, and as most people know, they believe in only one God. My friend asked me if I thought that Jesus was God and further emphasized that the Bible does not talk about the trinity. He also pointed out that Jesus never refered to himself as God. […]

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Question: How can only Matthew through Revelation be considered divine scripture? What about the Apocrypha? What about the thousands of other writings? Besides, it was man who canonized scripture and man is not perfect so that would obvisouly mean that scripture runs the risk of not being perfect right? What I am really struggling with […]

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Question: Will you give me evidence on whether “Christianity is the foundation of liberty”? Answer: I will need to guess what the person from whom you are quoting is trying to claim. I am going to guess that this person is saying that the indirect influence of Christianity on human culture and means of government […]

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Author’s Note.  The article below is a response to a question, so it will begin with the question which motivated its writing. I was looking online about the Qur’an and found claims of errors which seem impossible to deny.  For example, With regard to Sura 18:83-100 which is about Alexander the Great, which seems proposterous […]

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Is Christmas a Christian Holiday?               Christmas sure has taken a beating lately, seemingly from all sides.  ?The secularists demand that we say happy holidays instead of Merry Christmas, while some believers have threatened to boycott a certain large retail corporation for caving in to political correctness and no longer mentioning Christmas.  When my […]

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Question:   Do you believe that the supposed big bang is possible with what it says in the Bible as I think I am not sure but from the Bible I have never seen anything which directly contradicts this theory. Answer:   As I would assume you know, this is a matter of opinion.  More accurately, it is […]

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  INTELLEGENT DESIGN CONTINUED From all this, we can conclude that intelligent design is real.  It is not the product of religious presupposition, but the only reasonable conclusion from the evidence.  Those who persecute the supporters of ID would do well to consider the facts.  But then again, most of them approach the question already […]

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? THE INTELLIGENT DESIGN DEBATE   From Kansasto Dover, Pennsylvaniato BaylorUniversitya debate has been raging across the United Statesover whether or not the theory of intelligent design should be taught in schools.  Recently, televangelist Pat Robertson said of the voters in Dover, Pennsylvaniawho turned out a pro-ID school board, ?If there is a disaster in […]

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I just read the article by Professor Geisler about early monotheism and had a few questions. I’m guessing that the author is assuming that Adam and Eve were the first ‘homo sapiens’ , and that the levant civilizations, particularly that of the ancient ‘habiru’ was the very first. I have read that the Chinese and […]

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CREATIONISM   By   C. Foster Stanback   Creationism is a term that has frequently been misunderstood by its opponents.   In its most general sense the term means a worldview which attributes the existence of the earth, the cosmos, and life to a divine Creator.  Yet within this broader sense there are a number of […]

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I’ve decided that there has to be a creator of everything due to the complexity of life and all creation, but how do I know Christianity is the right religion and not Islam or Judaism? This is a very good question. It is a bad assumption that one can simply leap from belief in God […]

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ISLAM (literally, submit the will in Arabic)   Founder:  Muhammad.  About 570 ? 632 AD, in Mecca, in modern Saudi Arabia.   Roughly 1 billion Muslims in the world.   Location:  Northern Africa, almost the entire Middle East, Pakistan Afghanistan, Bangaladesh, India, Albania, Indonesia and the Phillipines, with scatterings elsewhere.   Background:   Arabiavery pagan, […]

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JEHOVAH?S WITNESS     Background and History.   Founded by Charles Russel   Russel was influenced by the Adventist movement (let to the 7th Day Adventis t Church)   The Adventist/Millerite movement began in the 1830?s   William Miller used Daniel 8:14 and Daniel 9:25 (a very odd connection) to calculate that the millennial reign […]

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Who was Susanna, martyr in Spain? I am afraid you will have to give me more specific information for me to answer this question. I did some research and the problem is that with Roman Catholic history, there are literally thousands of “saints.” There is the Susanna in Luke 8:3. I also found information about […]

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What was Paul’s purpose for writing Romans? What was the pleasues soughted? What principles stressed? What are the potential for today? Most commentators believe that with Romans, although the letter is addressed to the church in Rome, it is a general epistle. In other words, the letter was intended all along to be a letter […]

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1. Cro-Magnon lived up to 100,000 and Neanderthal up to 300,000 years ago. What was the most recent dates for those species and when were they extinct? What year was Homo-Sapien on the scene – 45,000 years ago? Cain was the first agricultural farmer as far as evidence in the Bible, were the Homo-Sapiens the […]

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As I was reading Genesis, I came across a scripture that I don’t quite understand. In Genesis 1:3, “God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light… there was evening and morning the first day” However, the sun was not created until the fourth day, right? In Genesis 1: 14 “Let there be lights […]

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Had a thought while reading, “Is there a God?” – you list ‘Elementsessential for life’ as carbon and H20. I’m interesting in your thoughtsabout adding oxygen to the list. First its ability as an aerial solvent(to help create/sustain an atmosphere – and seems as strong an argument as H20 in the solvent arena?) & essential […]

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Here is something I have wondered about. What is the history behind “totally immersion” baptism? I understand how infant baptism does not mold with the Bible?s teachings on baptism, but I always wondered what did the first century Christians do if there was not available water? Or not enough water for them to be totally […]

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I have heard the claim that the early church fathers were from pagan backgrounds and their basis for explaining the godhead come from Plato and Aristotle and cannot be trusted in terms of their view of God. Is this true? First of all, the statement that the early church fathers were from a pagan background […]

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In Genesis 2:7b What does it mean when it says “and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life”? is the “breath of life” referring to oxygen or the spirit/soul? I would say that, when in doubt, we should let the obvious meaning stand. Genesis seems to be saying that God made the inanimate Adam […]

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Where can I find writings from Joshepus? Josephus had a number of writings, but the most relevant for a Christian are the works “The Antiquities of the Jews,” and “The Wars of the Jews,” also known as “The Jewish Wars.” “The Antiquities of the Jews” is a fairly comprehensive history of the Jewish people, beginning […]

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I have a few questions about the Bible. I’ll list them here. 1. Why do some theologians who have studied the scriptures for years still preach many different denominations/religions and salvation by works? People teach and believe false doctrine primarily because they were “raised up” in these false teachings and because it is always easier […]

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