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February 26, 2009

Societal Values undermine Christian Education

At City of God Dan raised (June 5, 2008) the question of why Christians should care about the legalization of homosexual marriage:

Provided that the rights of all religious groups are protected, I cannot fathom what the point would be in prohibiting same-sex marriage on the civil level.

Poser-Prophet responds to Dan that civil marriage is not sufficient, but that Christians must also permit homosexual marriage in the church.  One reason that he gives in opposition to Robert Gagnon, who believes that society will deteriorate as result of the acceptance of homosexuality, is that 40% of the kids living on the streets claim they are homeless because their parents could not accept their homosexuality, and most of those, he observes as a street worker, come from Christian homes.  He proceeds to condemn the behavior of these parents.

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February 25, 2009

Degree Mills

A degree mill is a school which grants higher degrees on below par educational standards.  As a policy, degree mills are harmful because they allow a person to claim academic credentials while they have not really taken the time to study.  This is a type of dishonesty on the part of the school, for receiving money from a student to provide a degree, and a fraud on the part of the student who receives the degree.  It is disturbing to me the number of Christian degree mills that exist.  Often a degree mill can be spotted by the fact that their “doctors” have their diplomas from their own institution or from another degree mill.  Once I found a Christian degree mill whose president had a PhD from another degree mill whose president had a degree from the first degree mill.

My review of Grant Jeffrey’s book, The Signature of God, placed considerable doubt on his scholarship.  Now I learn from his website that he has a PhD from Louisana Baptist University.  Google search for “Louisana Bapitist University” and “degree mill”  yields this result.  I leave it for you to judge.  Any comments?

February 23, 2009

A review of Ivan Panin's Biblical Numerics

Ivan Panin, 1855-1942

Ivan Panin, 1855-1942

A review of Ivan Panin’s Biblical Numerics (pdf)

by Peter W. Dunn

I originally wrote this essay in circa 1990 because my then pastor (PAOC) would often bring up the numeric scheme of Ivan Panin as numerical proof of divine inspiration of th Bible. After reading the paper, he at least didn’t talk about biblical numerics around me any more.

External Links:

The Inspiration of the Scriptures Scientifically Demonstrated,” by Ivan Panin

“A mathematical challenge” (pdf) by Winkie Pratney (rev. 1998).

The Signature of God by Grant Jeffrey, a review

Filed under: biblical studies,book review — Petros @ 9:50 pm
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The Signature of God by Grant Jeffrey

A Book Review by Peter W. Dunn (c) 1997

Some months ago I promised that if someone gave me a copy of Jeffrey’s Signature of God, I would review his Hebrew Coding. I have since received the book from one of my students and will here present some of my initial findings.
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February 21, 2009

Homosexuality and Health II

I received a couple reactions from my post on “Homosexualitiy and Health” at City of God.  The Poser-Prophet did not react, which is in keeping with his express refusal to debate me further.

John wrote:

It would be interesting to see if there are similar studies regarding heterosexual promiscuity and its ill effects on health. …

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February 20, 2009

Homosexuality and Health

Filed under: ethics,science and medecine — Petros @ 10:55 am
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N.B.: This post makes mention of an important article “The Health Risks of Gay Sex” by John R. Digs, Jr., MD (2002).  It is well-documented study by a physician who has first-hand experience treating homosexuals.

The discussion about homosexuality continues at the City of God.

Dan of City of God has solicited the opinion of those homosexuals who were brought up or desire to attend church.  Dan, the Poser-Prophet, has responded that because of the opinions expressed the City of God which are hurtful to homosexuals, they will not feel safe enough to comment.  This led me to make a comment about health issues of homosexuals which is related to promiscuity.  I wrote:

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February 18, 2009

A review of Ronald A. N. Kydd, Charismatic Gifts in the in the Early Church

Review of Ronald A. N. Kydd, Charismatic Gifts in the in the Early Church: An Exploration into the Gifts of the Spirit during the First Three Centuries of the Christian Church (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1984) (pdf).

This is the only primer to the subject, when I last checked.  It is a readable book but not without faults.  There is another short review at endued.wordpress.comRonald Kydd is a former professor at Eastern Pentecostal Bible College in Peterborough, Ontario, and is now an Anglican minister and teaches at Tyndale Seminary.  I’ve never met him.

Reclaiming the Bible for the Church, Book Review

Review of Carl E. Braaten and Robert W. Jenson, eds. Reclaiming the Bible for the Church. Eerdmans: Grand Rapids, 1995 (Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1996).
by Peter W. Dunn

The Anglican Church, as many denominations, is experiencing a crisis of biblical authority. Let us consider the debate over homosexuality: There are those who would promote the acceptance and blessing of homosexuality, saying that the Biblical prohibitions of same-sex relations are based on an antiquated world-view, that the Bible must not be taken literally, or even that the Bible actually promotes homosexuality (Jesus also had a beloved disciple!).
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February 13, 2009

Journey to the center of Africa: First impressions

Journey to the center of Africa: First impressions (1999) by Peter W. Dunn

An account of my first teaching expedition to Central African Republic and my trip to the forest to visit the pygmies.

February 10, 2009

Matthew 18.15-20 in the light of the Dead Sea Scrolls by Peter Wallace Dunn

Matthew 18.15-20 in the light of the Dead Sea Scrolls (pdf), by Peter Wallace Dunn

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Christian Studies at Regent College, April, 1991, under the supervision of Dr. (now Prof.) Markus N. A. Bockmuehl.

Abstract

The Dead Sea Scrolls provide some remarkable parallel texts to Matthew 18.15-20. In a recent article, F. Garcia Martinez shows that previous studies of these parallels are inadequate because they assume that a dependent relationship exists between Matthew 18.15-17 (as a tradition unit) and 1QS 5.24-6.1. He suggests that further investigation of these parallels would be helpful in understanding Matthew 18.15-17, as a tradition unit and in its literary context. This study seeks to do the latter–to compare and contrast Matthew 18.15-20 (the full unit) in its literary context with parallels from the DSS, in order to come to a better understanding of the correction process in the Matthean community.

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