Finding God Through Science

Once upon a time, an atheist was someone who simply didn't believe in God. And while those still exist, they've become increasingly drowned out by the "new atheists" and "anti-theists"--a breed that proselytizes as aggressively as any member of the Watchtower. Except where your average JW is nice and polite and easy to like, the …

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The Curse of the Law: Part 1 – Deuteronomy as a Treaty

(This post was first published over a year ago, but then I realized I hadn't set it up very well. Hopefully, second time's the charm.) As I've mentioned a couple of times on this blog, I've been working on a paper that I hope to get peer-reviewed at some point. It turns out that that's …

Common Mistranslations – The Book of Hebrews

The book of Hebrews has long been interpreted to be a kind of Galatians to the Jews, warning Jewish Christians not to go “back” to the religion of Judaism. For example, Albert Barnes writes in the introduction to his commentary, The general purpose of this Epistle is, to preserve those to whom it was sent …

“All Who Call Upon the Name of the LORD . . .”

Nick Norelli has continued the debate on praying to Yeshua with a post defending his favorite textual variant and another on the issue of calling upon the Name of the LORD.  I had mentioned in a previous post of my own that I needed to spend a bit more time discussing exactly what "calling on …

Prayer to Yeshua, Part Deus

Apparently, I "took umbrage to the suggestion that we can pray directly to Jesus," at least according to Nick Norelli's latest post on the subject.  Actually, I think that's far too strong a word, since I don't have enough emotional involvement in this subject to warrant it.  I just happen to disagree with Norelli's prooftexts, …