A Thank-You To My First Patrons

I've gotten my first support on Patreon, so I wanted to both thank my supporters publicly and give them something in return. I'm therefore posting the first chapter of my new book on eschatology for all supporters who are donating at least $3/month. Unlike my previous book, When the Stars Fall, which left a lot of …

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Prophecy in the NT – 6th Principle: A Light in Galilee

The existence of a spiritual metaphor does not necessarily negate a literal fulfillment. Other principles discovered in this series: That which has been fulfilled in spirit may be fulfilled again in both spirit and letter in the Messiah. The context of a prophecy may be thematic rather than chronological. Prophecies which apply to Israel apply …

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" …