Commentary on 1 John 1:5-2:2

Notes (NET Translation) 1:5 Now this is the gospel message we have heard from him and announce to you: God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all. The phrase "now this is" (kai estin haute) refers to what follows rather than what precedes. The author heard the message from Jesus Christ … Continue reading Commentary on 1 John 1:5-2:2

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Commentary on 1 John 1:1-4

Notes (NET Translation) In the Greek 1 John 1:1-4 constitute one long sentence. The sentence is grammatically difficult (Raymond Brown calls it a "grammatical obstacle course").1 Most translations paraphrase it to some extent to make it more intelligible in English. 1 This is what we proclaim to you: what was from the beginning, what we … Continue reading Commentary on 1 John 1:1-4

Possible Seal Impression of Prophet Isaiah Found in Jerusalem

Is This the Prophet Isaiah’s Signature? by Eilat Mazar The assemblage also included four-winged and two-winged lmlk seal impressions on jar handles and 34 seal impressions stamped on a soft piece of clay (bullae). Most of the bullae bore Hebrew names, but some were free-standing bullae used as receipts. Each of the Hebrew bullae, measuring … Continue reading Possible Seal Impression of Prophet Isaiah Found in Jerusalem

Comments on Anti-Discrimination Laws

Here are some of my comments regarding anti-discrimination laws. My main concern is that if we attempt to enforce anti-discrimination laws in a principled manner we end up infringing on important rights. However, some, like the Masterpiece Cakeshop, only involve selling a product, the same product that the shop would otherwise provide to anyone else. … Continue reading Comments on Anti-Discrimination Laws

The Perils of Assisted Reproductive Technology #8

Mitsutoki Shigeta: 'Baby factory' dad wins paternity rights A Bangkok court has awarded paternity rights to a Japanese man over 13 babies he fathered through Thai surrogate mothers. The ruling allows Mitsutoki Shigeta, 28, to pursue custody of the children. The son of a wealthy entrepreneur, he caused controversy in 2014 when he was revealed … Continue reading The Perils of Assisted Reproductive Technology #8

American religious groups vary widely in their views of abortion

American religious groups vary widely in their views of abortion More than four decades after Roe v. Wade legalized abortion nationwide, most Americans (57%) are supportive of legal abortion, according to a 2017 Pew Research Center survey. But a substantial minority (40%) says abortion should be illegal in all or most cases, and within some … Continue reading American religious groups vary widely in their views of abortion

Re: The Incoherence of Knowingly Eating from the Tree of Knowledge for the First Time

In The Incoherence of Knowingly Eating from the Tree of Knowledge for the First Time Jonathan M.S. Pearce claims to have found an incoherence in the story of Adam and Eve. I contend that he reads things into the narrative in order to arrive at this conclusion. The biblical narrative is frequently brief and we … Continue reading Re: The Incoherence of Knowingly Eating from the Tree of Knowledge for the First Time