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The “Unreasonable Effectiveness of Reason” and the Collapse of Classical Foundationalism

“Foundationalism has been the reigning theory of theories in the West since the high Middle Ages. It can be traced back as far as Aristotle… Aquinas offers one classic version of foundationalism. There is, he said, a body of propositions … Continue reading

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Martin Luther on Antinomian Preachers

“My friends the Antinomians preach exceedingly well  —and I cannot but believe that they do so with great earnestness—  concerning the mercy of Christ, forgiveness of sin, and other contents of the article of redemption. But they flee from this inference … Continue reading

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Worship and Liturgy in the Later NT and Early Fathers

The following introductory overview of recent scholarship contains selected/thematic excerpts from: I. I. R. P. Martin, “Worship and Liturgy,” in Ralph P. Martin and Peter H. Davids, eds., Dictionary of the Later New Testament and Its Developments: A Compendium of … Continue reading

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What is the Largest Number Representing Something Empirical?

What is the largest number representing something empirical? I am not asking a question concerning immense hypothetical numbers that do not actually represent some *thing* …such as googol (10^100), googolplex (10^googol), Graham’s Number, and Moser’s number. If you guessed it’s … Continue reading

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Did Luther Get It Wrong? Most Major Contemporary Pauline Scholars Say “Yes”

Luther’s understanding of the law was a keystone of his theology, and of much Protestant theology until the present century. In its essence it followed a view which originated in medieval Roman Catholicism (it is not found in first millennium … Continue reading

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Dikaiosyne Theou (The Righteousness of God) in Contemporary Biblical Scholarship

The following material is excerpted from the excellent discussion in K. I. Onesti and M. T. Brauch, “Righteousness, Righteousness of God,” in  Gerald Hawthorne, Ralph P. Martin, and Daniel G. Reid, eds., Dictionary of Paul and His Letters: A Compendium … Continue reading

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The “Born Again” Narrative in John 3: An Aramaic Impossibility? Well, No!

Bart Ehrman has published an argument concluding  the conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus in Jn 3 “could not have happened, at least not as it is described in the Gospel of John” (Bart Ehrman, Jesus Interrupted, p. 155). We present … Continue reading

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Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorem: The Most Important Mathematical Theorem in the Twentieth Century

Below is a photo the late mathematical genius Kurt Gödel (left) with Albert Einstein. Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorem was the most important mathematical theorem in the twentieth century (its significance is explained in simple terms below). Among other things, Gödel’s theorem … Continue reading

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