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Chaos is Killing Us

The most disappointing thing in my life is that I’ve lived long enough to see the devolution of our American culture into meaningless chaos. Let me start here: we read in Genesis 1:1-2: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the…

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Common Thoughts (A Genesis Review 5)

The prevailing mythology of Samaria and Mesopotamia and their answer to God in the world can be found in The Epic of Gilgamesh, and from Spark Notes I offer this: The epic begins with Enkidu. He lives with the animals, suckling at their breasts, grazing in the meadows,…

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Common Thoughts (A Genesis Review 4)

I’m going to look briefly at the journey of Abraham just to show how this works. It begins in Genesis 12:1-3: “The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you .“I will make you into…

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Common Thoughts (A Genesis Study 3)

I, personally, have no date for creation. For me dating begins after Adam and Eve are kicked out of the Garden of Eden and the ability to formulate any kind of dating begins here. And the only dating formula we have are the generations listed…

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Common Thoughts (A Genesis Study 2)

The Tanakh, or the Hebrew Bible, consists of 35 books broken into three sections: the Pentateuch  or first five books of the Bible considered “the law”; the prophets;  and the “writings”. The dates range from 1400s BC (Genesis) to 400s BC (Nehemiah). The Protestant Bible has 39…

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Common Thoughts (A Genesis Review 1)

Beginning notes . . . When I began writing this section of Common Thoughts it turned into a “Genesis Review.” It’s not a commentary on Genesis, just notes of interest answering two questions: What, no Bible? and What, no religion? We moderns mostly know God…

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Dennis New

Common Thoughts 19a

  Empiricism. “Empiricism is the theory that the origin of all knowledge is sense experience. It emphasizes the role of experience and evidence, especially sensory perception, in the formation of ideas, and argues that the only knowledge humans can have is a posteriori (i.e. based…

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Common Thoughts (Sidebar 1)

It is what it is. But somehow I think I’m smarter than God as I would do things differently. Why this and not that is the fundamental beginning question of philosophy. First we ask what is this that I see. Then we ask why is…

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Hellfire and Brimstone or Love

Recently I read an article that has challenged the theology side of me. In Matthew 19:24 we read: “Again I tell you, [so we’ve been told this before but we need another telling] it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of…

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Dennis New

We Aren’t What We Aren’t

We aren’t what we aren’t. For millennial this was always an accepted truism. Sure, there were always a few who believed they were what they weren’t. They went around to others saying I am what I’m not. They wanted to believe what they weren’t so…

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