The Shallowness Of Logic | Pop Chassid. We live in a world that honors logic. If your argument is logical, if your reasoning is sound, and the evidence is there to back you up, then you win. Makes sense. Our legal system, our school system, and just about everything else is built on the supremacy of logic. And it’s no wonder. Our country was built as an extension of Greece. To become president, our politicians need to debate. There’s a problem with this, though. So many conflicting logical systems. The problem begins when we only focus on logic. Remember those Greeks? At the end of the day, logic is just a tool that helps us sift through what’s in front of our faces.
But we all need something more. Have you ever debated someone only to have them call you out on a fallacy? Does it ever infuriate you? The reason it drives us all crazy isn’t because we’re losing the argument, but because as soon as someone tries to just dismantle our agument, it becomes evident that they aren’t listening to us. But we’re also ruled by our souls. Gathering Sparks: Quote of the Day: Hebraic vs. Greek mindsets. The Incoherence of Atheism - Ravi Zacharias. Ravi Zacharias Answers Stephen Hawking - Part 1. Ravi Zacharias Answers Stephen Hawking - Part 2.
Ravi Zacharias Answer Stephen Hawking - Part 3. Lucretius. First published Wed Aug 4, 2004; substantive revision Sat Aug 10, 2013 Titus Lucretius Carus (died mid to late 50s BCE) was an Epicurean poet of the late Roman republican era. His six-book Latin hexameter poem De rerum natura (DRN for short), variously translated On the nature of things and On the nature of the universe, survives virtually intact, although it is disputed whether he lived to put the finishing touches to it.
As well as being a pioneering figure in the history of philosophical poetry, Lucretius has come to be our primary source of information on Epicurean physics, the official topic of his poem. Among numerous other Epicurean doctrines, the atomic ‘swerve’ is known to us mainly from Lucretius' account of it. His defence of the Epicurean system is deftly and passionately argued, and is particularly admired for its eloquent critique of the fear of death in book 3. 1.
Life The other biographical data are late and untrustworthy. 2. There has been much dispute over this ending. 7 Tips to Engage Skeptics Like the Apostle Paul Did in the Bible - Part 1. Cultural Engagement Tips My studies at Dallas Theological Seminary have challenged me to think about practical lessons we can learn from Paul’s engagement in Acts 17. I recently had a conversation about this passage with my mentor, Dr. Darrell Bock, and I’ve discovered some cultural engagement tips that every defender of the faith should know. So today, I’m beginning a new series of posts called “7 Tips on Engaging Skeptics Like Paul Did in Athens.” The Apostle Paul in Athens – Background Besides religion, a lot of people were big into philosophy, too. Back in the day, Athens was a massive intellectual center. The Apostle Paul in Athens – Lessons Here are two life lessons from Paul’s time in Athens, recorded by Luke in Acts 17: 1. The Apostle Paul cared about people.
But Paul didn’t flip out in the streets. Here’s the point: Our conversation and engagement should be fueled by compassion. 2. Paul had kind of a mixed bag here. Someone once told me I had “thick skin.” “Be firm. Next Time. Paul in Athens - Sermon. Books and eBooks by the Director According to a recent Barna Research Group survey, 73% of people in the USA today believe, "God is an all-powerful, all-knowing, and perfect Creator. " But this means 27% of Americans hold radically different conceptions of the nature of God. So, on average, one in four people met during evangelistic efforts will have completely non-biblical viewpoints about God (and life in general). And even among the 73% category, there are probably many whose worldviews are not fully biblical. But, "It is reassuring to remember that the apostle Paul also encountered a pluralistic culture, as exemplified by his speech to the folks at Mars Hill (Acts 17:16-34).
Following is a verse-by-verse study of this paradigm for modern-day evangelism. Acts 17:16,17: Now while Paul waited for them [Silas and Timothy] at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him when he saw the city was given over to idols. Acts 17:18: Then certain Epicurean and Stoic philosophers encountered him. . . The Athenian Challenge - Article. Darkness to Light Home Page Books and eBooks by the Director The Athenian Challenge: Lessons from Acts 17:16-34 By Carmen C. DiCello Introduction One of the striking features of our society is that it tolerates almost everything, while simultaneously committing itself to nothing.
This paganistic outlook has obviously been a source of major frustration for all Biblically minded people. At the end of the day, though, no group of people can be expected to uphold righteousness (or even define it!) This being said, it is interesting to note the similarity between modern society and the ancient world. What could be good about the amoral climate in which we find ourselves? The Gospel is always relevant. Perhaps no N.T. passage is more relevant to the subject of reaching pagans than Acts 17:16-34. The Athenians, like all unregenerate individuals, possessed a faint and partial understanding of God (see Romans 1:18-21), but lacked full and accurate knowledge of Him. Evangelistic Principles 1. 2. Acts 17 Commentary - Witness at Athens - BibleGateway.com. The prevailing philosophies of the West's post-Christian era--secular humanism's scientific empiricism and the New Age pantheistic type of postmodernism--are remarkably similar to the Epicureanism and Stoicism Paul encountered at Athens.
Paul's speech becomes a model for how to witness to the educated post-Christian mind, even as it spoke to Theophilus and his fellow seekers with their first-century pre-Christian minds. When Paul arrived at Athens in the province of Achaia, he came to an anomaly. Though its population was no more than ten thousand and it had been reduced to poverty and submission by its war with Rome (146 B.C.), it was granted the status of a free city in view of its illustrious past.
"Accordingly, although the time of her greatest glory was gone forever, Athens could still boast of her right to be called a great center of philosophy, architecture, and art"--and, we might add, religion (Madvig 1979b:352). The Athenians had an ambivalent relation to "foreign gods. " The New Testament documents were written in a milieu permeated with the ideas and slogans of Greek thinkers, whether Stoics, Cynics or Epicureans.
As the followers of Jesus moved steadily into the Graeco-Roman world, they inevitably came in contact with these groups and their ideas in a variety of ways. Christians either found points of agreement with them, imitated them in terms of style and form, or engaged them in controversy. Considerable work has been done on Stoic background of Romans 1-2 and Acts 17.(1) Furthermore, much attention has been given by Abraham Malherbe and several of his students to the Cynics,(2) their preaching style and modes of argument.(3) Paul's speech in Athens is the clearest place in the New Testament where Christian theodicy is explained to Epicureans and their reaction to it recorded. A. Before we examine Luke's narrative about the Epicureans and their reaction to Christian theodicy, we must clarify some perceptions of the Areopagus Speech.
B. 1. 2. 3. 4. Epicureanism and Stoicism compared. Epicureanism - Holman Bible Dictionary - Dictionaries. (ehp i cyoo ree' an ihssm) A school of philosophy which emerged in Athens about 300 B.C. The school of thought was founded by Epicurus who was born in 341 B.C. on the Greek island of Samos. Epicurus founded his school (The Garden) in Athens. Around him he gathered his students and refined his philosophy. Epicurean thought had a significant impact on the Hellenistic world and later, Rome.
Epicurean philosophy centered on the search for happiness. He believed in gods, but he thought that they were totally unconcerned with the lives or troubles of mortals. Even though Epicurean thought focused on the search for happiness and advocated withdrawal from the world's affairs, it was by no means an egoistic philosophy. The Epicurean quest for happiness left little time for concern for afterlife. Epicurean philosophy remained popular for several centuries even though it had many opponents, especially the Stoics. Gary Poulton. How people follow Epicurus' philosophy today.
Who was Epicurus? Epicurus, pictured on the right in Raphael’s School of Athens, was a Greek philosopher who lived from 341 BC to 270 BC, and who established a philosophical commune called the Garden in Athens, where he and his followers practiced and lived their philosophy as a way of life. A sign hanging above the entrance to the Garden said: ‘Stranger, here you will do well to tarry. Here our highest good is pleasure’. That sums it up well: Epicureans are hedonists. So the Epicureans were atheists? Not exactly. How then should we live? Well, there are no absolute and eternal ‘shoulds’ in the Epicurean universe, because there is no divine providence, no cosmic law of justice.
How can we pursue pleasure as rationally as possible? Like the other philosophies of the Socratic tradition, Epicureans believed that what causes humans suffering is our false beliefs. Where’s the fun in that? The simpler and less complicated your needs, the freer and less anxious your life. Sure. Havi Carel OK. Nothing new under the sun: Why are Christians scared of the sciences? There is a common perception that Christianity and the sciences are mortal enemies, that faith and reason are mutually exclusive, that following Christ requires the rejection of a host of well-established scientific understandings (and vice versa).
I don't get it. My theological convictions invite me to see scientific research as an expression of common grace rather than a threat to cultural identity. Having a self rooted and established in Christ can mean that we are liberated from the pursuit of identity in a community of like-minded opposition to perceived cultural opponents (those god-hating egg-heads!). Praise God for the sciences and for those amongst us who serve the common good through careful attention to the world that lies in front of our eyes! Indeed, the church itself can be a place of abuse, closed to divine grace and trapped in patterns that diminish life. Scientists are not enemies; that label belongs on fear, greed, ignorance, folly and self-deception. Mind, Spirit, Soul and Body: All for One and One for All Reflections on Paul's Anthropology in his Complex Contexts by the Rt Revd Prof N. T. Wright. Society of Christian Philosophers: Regional Meeting, Fordham University March 2011 Main Paper, Friday March 18 ‘Mind, Spirit, Soul and Body: All for One and One for All Reflections on Paul’s Anthropology in his Complex Contexts’ By the Rt Revd Prof N.
University of St Andrews An exegete among philosophers! When I was teaching in Oxford twenty years ago, I had a student who wanted to study Buddhism; so I sent her to Professor Gombrich for tutorials. Now of course that was a slightly polemical stance, but I still think it was justified. This came home forcibly to me eight years ago when I published a little book called For All the Saints, a precursor to Surprised by Hope. I want in this paper to propose a view of the human person which you might call eschatological integration. One more preliminary remark. Before my constructive proposal, however, I have several questions to put to the broadly dualist paradigm that seems to be dominant among many Christian philosophers today. 1.
Wholesome Thinking - 2 Peter 3:2. "The New Testament and the 'State' " by N.T. Wright. The Rt. Rev Dr Tom Wright is the Bishop of Durham. Introduction In September 1974, Archbishop Michael Ramsey visited Chile under its new right-wing régime. While he preached in church, an armed guard waited outside, and asked the Observer's correspondent as he left: 'Was there any politics in it? What is the set of questions that such a working title presents? The problem should be clear to anyone who knows the world of the first century - or for that matter any century until the eighteenth, and any country outside so-called Western civilization. We are therefore committed to a more complex task than bringing our comfortably isolated category to the NT and asking what this book has to say about it. Jews, Greeks and Romans We must begin with a brief look at the world views within which Christianity was born and nurtured. [p.12] Israel's theological aspirations thus had an inescapably historical and political referent.
The exceptions to this rule are instructive. Jesus and the Kingdom of God. Ancient Jewish and Greco-Roman Responses to the Resurrection of Jesus | Aldean Hendrickson. View of physical life. The soul, beautiful and immortal, is trapped in a tomb of ﬂesh , andcannot wait to be freed to some sort of glorious state that awaits it.One other aspect of popular belief in the Mediterranean world at this time is worthmentioning here: the stories of dying and rising gods. Examples are scattered across themythologies of cultures from the Fertile Crescent to the Scandinavian north. In almost allof these cases, the stories were metaphors of agrarian life-cycle imagery and/or fertility.There is nothing in any of them to suggest either an expectation of, or a receptivity to, suchan event occurring to any human person.
According to Wright, it was “accepted as axiomatic throughout the ancient world[that] once people have gone by the road of death, they do not return.” Christianity, itseems clear, “was born into a world where its central claim was known to be false.” and Caecilius. giv- Ancient Responses to the Resurrection — Aldean B. Soma (‘body’) and sema (‘tomb’). Octavius. Trevin Wax Interview with N.T. Wright (Full Transcript) This is a transcript of my podcast interview with N.T. Wright on Thursday, November 15, 2007 at Asbury Seminary. The audio podcast of this transcript can be found here. This post contains the entire transcript. Introduction N.T. Tom Wright has spent his life studying the history surrounding the New Testament and early Christianity. Wright has received both praise and criticism for his work. As Bishop of Durham, Wright has been a lightning rod for controversy from both conservatives who take offense with his political views and from liberals who reject his traditional views on homosexuality.
As a New Testament scholar, Wright has faced criticism from both sides of the theological aisle. But many conservatives of the Reformed persuasion are perplexed by Wright’s views on the doctrine of justification and the imputation of Christ’s righteousness. In our interview with N.T. Trevin Wax: Would you tell us about your spiritual journey, how you came to faith in Christ? N.T. N.T.
N.T. N.T. N.T. The Flying Inn: "Greek Thought" vs. "Hebrew Thought"? I’ve been greatly enjoying James Jordan’s book, Creation in Six Days. I find that he interacts well with the articles he is critiquing, and explains his position clearly and effectively. My favorite chapter so far has been “Gnosticism Versus History,” in which he takes on the tendency of people in the modern Church to want to make the Bible a collection of universal truths or categorical statements that can then be collated into a systematic theology: an excellent lesson that we all need to learn.
However, I also find in this chapter a category distinction that is both inaccurate and unhelpful in the discussion. He continually attacks “Greek philosophy” for its tendency to downplay the physical aspects of the world and desire all knowledge in the form of universal prepositional truths. This is opposed to the more “Jewish” way of thinking that involves the unfolding of covenant history in real time with real people.
While I agree with all this, I think his categories are a bit off. Greek VS Hebrew, or what language does Yahweh speak? N.T. Wright on Darwin 8. “But the Greek REALLY says…”: Why Hebrew and Greek are not needed in the pulpit, Part 2 | Open Our Eyes, Lord! Hebrew | Derek Radney's Blog. Why the New Testament was Written in Greek, Not Hebrew. Revelation Knowledge Versus Reasoned Knowledge and the Implications for Bible Colleges. www.mcmaster.ca/mjtm/documents/MJTM_12.1_BaxterFallacies_001.pdf. Jewish Vs. Greek Mindset | Adrian's Place. Greek or Hebrew “Mind-Set”? | For The Love Of Truth. Jewish Impact on Greek and Western Philosophy? - Jewish History.
A HEBREW OR GREEK NEW TESTAMENT? Hebrew vs Greek Mind Fallacy - Bible Underground. www.davidknoll.com.au/files/JCOM/Differences%20between%20Hebrew%20and%20Greek%20Thinking%20june%2007.pdf. The Greek Versus the Hebrew View of Man. Seven Fold Spirit of God What Is the Mind of Christ? (Intro) - Nancy Missler. Nancy Missler & PsychoHeresy. Be Ye Transformed What Is Mind Renewal & Why Is It So Important? - Nancy Missler. What Does the Bible Say About Renewing Your Mind?
Philippians 2:1-11 - Having the Mind of Christ. www.hoshanarabbah.org/pdfs/heb_grk.pdf. On The Difference Between Greek Thought and Hebrew Thought | Edge Induced Cohesion. Greek or Hebrew ? Greek vs Hebrew Thought. Hebrew Thinking vs. Greek Thinking - Water In The Desert. About the Ancient Hebrew Culture. Theology and the Greek Mindset - a brief look. www.hoshanarabbah.org/pdfs/heb_grk.pdf.
The Hebrew Mind vs The Western Mind.