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  2. Taliesin2

    Blogs & Podcasts

    I have seen those, thank you. I was looking for something maybe belonging to members of the forums. Just the same thank you for posting the link. It will help new members. :-)
  3. cuchulain

    One covenant, or two?

    i can appreciate that stance, but i still dont believe the christian mythos or in any divinity.
  4. ChristLight

    One covenant, or two?

    True. I think our hearts are restless until we find God, the Father of Jesus. I say it that way because as humans, we tend to worship many "gods." The quest is noble. Never give up the quest I say. The bible says God is love. I believe that. I also think we all have a God particle within us, no matter what our belief system is. I think that has to do with the light within us. I think we all find God, if we ever really do, in our own ways. So much of how we explain our beliefs is semantics.
  5. RevBogovac

    Blogs & Podcasts

    I found the video's from Amy of the ULC Seminary that you can find on youtube quite interesting and a nice "primer" for introduction...
  6. cuchulain

    One covenant, or two?

    if god exists and wants me to know it, i am sure he can figure out how to convince me before eternal hellfire...if he cares to.
  7. ChristLight

    One covenant, or two?

    I can understand that point of view. I've even questioned these things myself. I question everything. But one thing I cannot deny are my personal experiences in prayer and at other times when I feel God's presence. There really are no words to describe the indescribable.
  8. Greetings. Does anybody here know of any blogs/vlogs or podcasts by ULC Seminary members I might be interested in following? Thank you. P.S. Does the ULC have a blog or podcast?
  9. Hello. I am wondering how many here have done a web search for sermons by others of Christianity's Priests, Pastors, Ministers, etc. Have you quoted them? Have you used them to write your own? How long do you keep them (in terms of number of paragraphs)? For those with your own congregations, do have loose copies of your past sermons for parishioners to pick up & take home? Or do you offer to email the sermon(s) to them? Or do you post them on a web page for them to download and/or print out? Thank you for your time and consideration.
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  11. cuchulain

    One covenant, or two?

    if a tomb was produced that could be shown we would have something to debate, but seeing as nobody has a tomb of christ, empty or full, we'll not know one way or the other. as to miracles being written down, there's an author named Homer who wrote about all sorts of divine intervention on behalf of the greek and roman pantheons which i give equal credence to the christian myths. many oral traditional stories about tarannus and briga and maeve from celtic cultures, which hold equal value as well.
  12. ChristLight

    One covenant, or two?

    Sorry for the delay in my response. The only people that I read of who did speak against Jesus were the Jewish Pharisees and the Sadducees of his time, pretty much saying that he was a fraud. I have read stories handed down through the Jewish oral tradition, that the back wall of the tomb was a movable stone, that Jesus body was stolen, and that story has been told to this very day. I took a class from an energy teacher, whose mother was of the Jewish faith. The teacher told this story in the process of teaching something else. I was surprised it was still being promulgated today. Many New Age people think Jesus was merely a prophet. For me, there are simply too many miracles noted, for me to dismiss them. I think it is always good to keep seeking.
  13. my inability to disprove something is not proof of somethings existence.
  14. Jonathan H. B. Lobl

    Lessons In Apologetics, Part 1: Introduction & Agnosticism

    Since God is not knowable to the finite mind -- then God is not knowable. God is also irrelevant and without meaning. For what little it's worth, I was ordained as a minister by the Apathetic Agnostic Church. (02/20/2002). The Church motto is -- "We don't know and we don't care." You don't get to define Agnostics, to Agnostics. It's rude and it's irritating. Drag files here to attach, or choose files... Accepted file types gif, jpeg, jpe, jpg, png · Max total size 0.49MB Insert other media
  15. Joyful

    revkenneth22

    Welcome enjoy this site, lots of area to explore!
  16. Songster

    New haiku thread

    Wild westerly wind Whips willows to weeping While wanderers watch.
  17. Hi, Doc! Thank you for the post! I'm a poor apologist. I've found that most folks that inquire about my beliefs are not really looking for insight or enlightenment, but for an opening to opine that my faith is unfounded and/or false doctrine. I know what I know... If I cannot prove that that which I know to be true is true... If I fail to answer all queries adequately... If I fail to assuage an inquisitor’s doubts... If my most persuasive rhetoric fails to entice even sympathetic listeners to comprehend and "see" the simplistic beauty of my faith, Then an antagonist might infer by my failings that denunciation and annulment of the principle tenets of my faith is justified. But my inability to convincingly communicate an ideal in no way negates the Truth... The fault is in me, not the doctrine.
  18. mark 45

    revkenneth22

    welcome to the forum.
  19. Good post DoctorIssachar. I've always disliked the term apologetics for the very reason you pointed out in your opening paragraph. It makes it sound like we are apologizing for our faith. While those of us who are familiar with apologetics know this is not true some people who are not familiar with the term may initially believe that to be the case. I am unfamiliar with the book by Geisler you referenced so I would enjoy hearing more from you about the subject. Particularly what you have gathered from your studies of apologetics.
  20. For anyone pursuing a degree in Apologetics that was given a dollar for every time they were asked "What is that, learning how to say you are sorry" upon answering the question of what it is that they study so many times, many would have financed a considerable portion of their academic pursuits. Unfortunately, such ignorance as to what exactly this theological discipline entails symbolizes the neglect the defense of the faith has fallen into in the contemporary church and is one of the reasons that everywhere the believer and student of religion turns today they find Christianity losing considerable ground both within and without its boundaries to a wide variety of opponents and adversaries. To the serious student of this field of study, one of the best tools around which to build a fundamental understanding of the discipline's ins and outs is "Christian Apologetics" by Norman Geisler, one of the field's foremost living practitioners. Basic to any academic discipline is the approach or methodology which scholars and researchers apply to the subject matter. The field of Apologetics is no different. Geisler lists the methodologies to knowledge in general and about God in particular as agnosticism, rationalism, fideism, experientialism, evidentialism, pragmatism, and combinationalism. In the course of his analysis, Geisler evaluates each in terms of their epistemology regarding religious matters and how these approaches stack up under the weight of being scrutinized by their own criteria. The first approach to knowledge of God is agnosticism. Coined by T.H. Huxley, the term agnosticism means "no knowledge" and thus contends one is unable to know anything about God (13). Agnosticism is itself divided into two branches. The one holds that not yet enough conclusive evidence pointing in one direction or the other regarding the existence of God has been gathered. The other holds that God is not knowable. Of the agnostics that claim God is not knowable, this claim is based upon their understanding of the nature of knowledge. Drawing upon David Hume's Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding and A.J. Ayers' Language, Truth, & Logic, these agnostics have divided the tree of actual knowledge into two branches. The first variety of valid statements are analytic statements meaning they are valid by the terms of their definitions. For example, all bachelors are unmarried. The second type of valid statements are known as synthetic and are what we would refer to as matters of fact as they are about empirically gathered data (17). Geisler writes of the agnostic views regarding talk about God, "For the term 'God' is neither analytic nor synthetic; that is, it is neither offered by the theist as an empty contentless definition corresponding to nothing in reality nor is it filled with empirical content since 'God' is allegedly a supraempirical being. Hence, it is literally nonsense to talk about God (18)." To the aspiring apologist hoping to present an objective case for the Christian faith beyond how warm and fuzzy Jesus makes their innards, it may seem that the agnostic methodology has struck an early and potentially crippling blow to this noble effort. However, a bit of careful reflection may even the scales once more between the agnostic and the Christian. The lofty sounding name given to this epistemology of language is the Verification Principle. If the Christian turns the Verification Principle back on itself, one sees it is self-referentially incoherent as the concept cannot live up to its own criteria as the Verification Principle is neither purely definitional or merely a statement of fact. Thus to remain consistent, the agnostic must admit that, since our knowledge of the empirical and metaphysical realms is limited, by definition of man's own finitude, this understanding cannot be totally comprehensive. Of those unwilling to admit God may exist in those reaches man cannot fully fathom, Geisler writes, "And there is simply no way short of omniscience that one can make such sweeping and categorical statements about reality...Hence total agnosticism is only self-defeating. Only an omniscient mind could be totally agnostic and finite men do not possess omniscience (27)." By Frederick Meekins
  21. To me, it doesn't matter which faith (or non-faith) one may follow, Personal gnosis is but the first step on the path to our reunion with The Infinite... My reading and religious education did not prepare me at all for the intensity of the blinding flash of immense and all encompassing love and understanding that accompanied my own "personal gnosis".... Before my epiphany, I had my doubts... But now...... I KNOW GOD. Should another cast doubt upon the validity of my experience... Desiring physical "proof" of the experience... I have none.... I need none....
  22. Seeker

    revkenneth22

    Welcome to the forum.
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    revkenneth22

    I look forward to reading your posts.
  25. Hello, I am a new member of this forum, I look forward to being active. Peace.
  26. Seeker

    saw a sign

    See that's just typical of modern society. You get rid of a load of soiled soil by just dumping it in the ground and leaving it for others to stumble across. Is that the legacy we want to leave? Won't somebody please think of the children.
  27. There was a book published with the translation of it about, at least, a year after it was found. The finding of missing fragments for the Book of Mary happened before that, so it got hidden in the news for awhile. Wish I had gotten it now. There was also a National Geographic collector's edition with all the Gnostic Gospels, which also covered a bit of the Book of Judas. (Again, wish I bought it.)
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