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THE BIBLE, THE LAW, AND MARRIAGE

In theory, American law is never determined on the basis of religious values alone. Nevertheless, religious traditions continue to exert a formative influence on social policy-making, especially on matters of sex and marriage. Consider, for example, how Jewish and Christian … Continue reading

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A LITTLE DIFFERENT LOOK INTO THE GARDEN OF EDEN

Once upon a time, I was told, human beings and every other creature of the fields and the air were meant to live happily forever. Their habitat was to be a garden planted by the very creator of the universe. … Continue reading

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SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

Many people I know believe that the Ten Commandments are all that anyone needs in order to answer any question about right and wrong. My own view is that these commandments raise more questions than they answer. Consider this question, … Continue reading

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ECONOMICS AND THE BIBLE

It is one thing to believe that a collection of religious writings contains all that is necessary for salvation. It is quite another to believe that it answers every question about life in any sphere whatever. For example, consider our … Continue reading

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HOW MUCH DOES GOD REALLY WANT US TO KNOW?

In the Bible there is a story about a tree whose enticing fruit the first humans were commanded by God never to eat. The substance of the fruit was the knowledge of good and evil. What religious traditions have made … Continue reading

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A LITTLE DIFFERENT LOOK INTO THE GARDEN OF EDEN

Once upon a time, I was told, human beings and every other creature of the fields and the air were meant to live happily forever. Their habitat was to be a garden planted by the very creator of the universe. … Continue reading

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IS THE BIBLE CONSERVATIVE, LIBERAL, OR WHAT?

It is hard to see how throwing in one’s favorite theology helps very much at getting to the Bible’s meaning, on the Bible’s own terms. Let me offer a couple of illustrations in the interest of trying to make this … Continue reading

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WHAT’S TRUE ABOUT THE BIBLE

For many church leaders, the Bible is the sole source and norm for faith. In their eyes, such things as ruitals, humanistic learning, doctrines, mystical experiences, or church councils count for little in fostering spiritual maturity. Only the Bible counts. … Continue reading

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THE BIBLE AS A STUMBLING BLOCK TO FAITH

One reason for religious disaffiliation is the narrow-mindedness from which some churches interpret the scriptures. They present the Bible as containing no errors of any kind. And they offer it as the final word about anything and everything on earth … Continue reading

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