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Is the Story of Jonah Fictional?

| April 13, 2016

Some Bible scholars believe that the Book of Jonah is a fictional tale written purely for teaching purposes by its original author. They argue that the original author never meant for the story to be taken as real history. While it may be impossible to know just based on the contents of the book itself, […]

If Ecclesiastes Is Inspired, Then Why Isn’t It Quoted in the New Testament?

| February 24, 2016

The NT writers quote the OT hundreds of times, yet they never once quote from the Book of Ecclesiastes. Doesn’t this indicate that the NT writers did not consider the book to be inspired by God? Norm Geisler and Tom Howe answer this question in their book, When Critics Ask: A Popular Handbook on Bible […]

Does Solomon’s Hundreds of Wives Mean That the Bible Promotes Polygamy?

| February 10, 2016

In 1 Kings 11, verse 3, we read that Solomon, the king who ruled at the pinnacle of Israelite power, had 700 wives and 300 concubines. Other great men of the Old Testament also had more than one wife. Are we to conclude that God encourages polygamy? Norman Geisler and Thomas Howe, in When Critics […]

What Is the Age of Accountability?

| October 26, 2015

In 2 Samuel 12:23, David speaks about his dead 7-day-old child, “But now that he is dead, why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.” This verse implies that David believes he will see his child again in the afterlife, in […]

What Training Do We Need to Interpret the Bible?

| November 22, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt Let’s get some facts out on the table about the Bible.  The Bible is composed of some 66 separate documents that were written approximately between the years of 1500 BC to AD 100 in two primary languages (Hebrew and Greek), and produced in cultures and historical contexts that are radically different […]

What Comes First? Epistemology or Metaphysics?

| November 16, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt Actually the answer is neither, but we’ll get to that soon enough.  Why ask this question in the first place?  Because philosophy is a discipline that builds one layer upon another (just like many other disciplines), and since philosophy provides a foundation for all of the sciences, it is extremely important […]

How Do We Know Truth Is Absolute, Unified, and Objective?

| November 14, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt Tom Howe, in his book Objectivity in Biblical Interpretation, makes the case that there is unity, objectivity, and absoluteness in truth.  To start his explanation, he quotes Mortimer Adler from his book Truth and Religion: 1. The human race is a single biological species, renewed generation after generation by the reproductive […]

What Is Objectivity? Part 2

| September 28, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt In part 1 of this post, we looked at contemporary notions of objectivity, as reported by philosopher Tom Howe.   In part 2 we continue to flesh out the concept of objectivity. Tom Howe quotes philosopher Mary Hawkesworth: In the context of philosophical and scientific investigations, an objective account implies a […]

What Is Objectivity? Part 1

| September 25, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt We’ve recently featured several blog posts centered around the idea of moral objectivity.  Objectivity is also a concept that can be applied to truth, knowledge, interpretation, and even beauty.  Although we’ve tried to carefully define objectivity versus subjectivity, it might be worth revisiting this concept to see what contemporary thinkers have […]

Are All Interpretations Equally Valid?

| August 29, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt Relativism is a constant and ever-present danger these days.  Today I’m speaking, in particular, about the interpretation of biblical texts.  When we open the Bible and read, what happens if we interpret the text differently from those around us? There are scholars today who claim that nobody has the correct interpretation […]

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