Does the Bible Presuppose Fatalism?

I'm trying to decide the best way to frame the next in the Prophecy in the NT series, and while pondering that came across something that looked like fun to tackle. I recently discovered Dominic Bnonn Tennant's blog via a post to one of my Facebook Groups--specifically, his post, "Presupposing freewill theism is the opposite …

Prophecy in the NT: John and Elijah

We've been carefully building our understanding of how the New Testament uses the prophecies of the Tanakh by going through Matthew's citations in order to establish principles of interpretation. Today, we're going to go a little sideways, both reinforcing previous principles (as we've done before) and jumping ahead to the first citation in the book …

Prophecy in the NT, 5th Principle: A Voice in the Wilderness

A prophecy may use physical descriptions to describe spiritual realities. Poor John the Baptist. Not only did he lose his head, but he was completely overshadowed by his younger cousin in history. Not that John minds: "I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know, even he who comes after me, …

Creation: The Scientific Method is Biblical

Let's talk science! In my previous posts, I've presented some musings on the Bible's creation narrative and our current scientific understanding of the record of nature. The response to this is to argue that these posts presuppose "uniformism," the idea that the natural laws and processes that we see today have always been the same, and "naturalism" …

Creation: Why Did God Need To Make It So Old?

"Why does God need fourteen billion years to make the universe? Why couldn't he have just done it in six days like he said he did?" the young-earth creationist asks. I can think of at least three reasons. God Is Not Bored By the Passage of Time There's an old, probably apocryphal story about a …

Creation: Why the Earth Isn’t Young

In my previous posts, I've demonstrated that the original Hebrew of Genesis by no means confines us to a young-earth paradigm and that either the universe at large is very old, or else God has deliberately engineered it to lie to us. But what about the earth itself? Maybe "the heavens and the earth" are …