Commentary on Romans 15:1-6

Notes (NET Translation) 1 But we who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak, and not just please ourselves. The use the word “we” indicates Paul identifies with the “strong”. As the previous verses indicate, “to bear the failings of the weak” means to respect their scruples regarding food. The “strong”…

Commentary on Romans 14:13-23

Notes (NET Translation) 13 Therefore we must not pass judgment on one another, but rather determine never to place an obstacle or a trap before a brother or sister. Judging each other summarizes vv. 1-12. The “strong” should stop judging the “weak” and the “weak” should stop judging the “strong”. Nowhere in this passage does…

Bayesian evaluation for the likelihood of Christ’s resurrection

The NaClhv blog has a long but interesting series entitled “Bayesian evaluation for the likelihood of Christ’s resurrection”. Part 1: Gauging personal credulity regarding personal testimony. Part 2: Starting with a low prior probability for Christ’s resurrection of 1e-22. See Scientific Notation – E Notation: 6.022e23 is equivalent to 6.022×10^23 so 1e-22 is equivalent to…

Commentary on Romans 14:1-12

Notes (NET Translation) 1 Now receive the one who is weak in the faith, and do not have disputes over differing opinions. The “weak” are Christians who practice the entire Torah while the “strong” are Christians who do not. In particular, (1) the “strong” eat all kinds of foods while the “weak” eat only vegetables…

Who’s Afraid of Religious Liberty?

The following article is written by Richard Samuelson from a Jewish perspective but it applies equally to all religions. Over recent years I’ve gradually come to the realization that anti-discrimination laws are not compatible with liberty. Anti-discrimination laws conflict with the freedom of speech, the freedom of association, and the freedom of religion. Samuelson’s excellent…