Posted: 2017-10-16 21:14
It also comes across to me as if, in trying to find as many examples of apparent philosophical &lsquo misrepresentation&rsquo or &lsquo misunderstandings&rsquo by creationists as he can, he seems to have been scraping the bottom of the barrel. From the extensive bibliography, it is clear that he has done an enormous amount of homework. With such a huge resource of creationist material, you would think that he could find sufficient representative examples to make his case from the mainstream publications, materials which were intended to provide sufficient explanatory context to enable Ratzsch to state, without misrepresentation, where there are such flaws.
Distress surrounding God's origin can be calmed by suggesting that God had parents, a not implausible solution however unprovable. If those parents were very wise and told their heir to create a plan to both expand and control then existing creation, then our God's function, in these times, as the creator and protector of His children Israel, and all the others, suggests that God's orientation to mankind mirrors His own to His own parents. That is, all His historical acts play into the concept of family, thus suggesting He had a family as His origin to which He had undeviating loyalty, as He has to us.
Thank you for your article, you have written it very well. It is clear and precise, yet makes you aware that the history of yoga is still very much uncertain. I am just starting out on my yoga journey and I have a lot to learn. However, having first started yoga in Vietnam I felt 8766 united 8767 with myself and those around me, and this was without knowing the meaning of yoga. I was the only Westerner in the class and could not speak any VIetnamese, yet I felt welcomed and connected to everyone in my class. Based on the comments below and the little knowledge I have, it appears that although the history of yoga is VERY important it is not the most important thing. The most important aspect of yoga is being united your mind, body and those around you regardless of religion, race and culture. We are all the same person and should be helping one another to seek both inner and world peace. Namaste 8
The concept of God and the virgin birth pre-dated Christian adoption of them? How can the concept of God pre-date Genesis chapter 6, which is the origin of everything? :-) This is very much foundational to Christian belief, which did not begin with the New Testament. As for the virgin birth being copied from prior pagan sources, this does not stack up either: Alleged pagan derivation of virgin birth.
Thank you Timothy for sharing such practical information about Yoga in general. Rather the information may be agree or disagree by different individuals, I think it 8767 s good effort that you have made to show us here in different parts of the world, outside of the areas and people of India who are not familiar of Hinduism. Regardless the information may or may not be complete. It is my believe that the more Yogis (here 8775 yogi 8776 is just for a general or even a superficial reference) are expose to the deep tradition, philosophy and technique of which ultimately have the power to cast off the bondage of names and forms created by the ignorance of the mind. And made possible for seeker of Truth to experience that ultimate reality of our innermost essence. This deed in itself is a practice of Yoga.
well, Both Don and Ronald, your answer to my question is not generic. here you are only emphasizing what is written in are defining god in terms of religion, that's completely illogical. if god is really there,he must have created every one including non-Christians/people from other religion or belief. If god is so perfect/powerful,then why didn't he created a world with equal opportunity for every one. Don't limit your-self into a specific statement which is there in a religious book written centuries ago. I want a logical and scientific answer if you have it then reply me. don't repeat what is written in Bible or any other religious book.
Namaste. I just wanted to respectfully point out that samadhi is not the same thing as enlightenment. This is a common mistake and has been written about extensively in Yoga Philosophy. One of the better essays on it is by Michael Comans, PhD. No where is it said that the goal of yoga is samadhi. The goal of yoga is much higher than that and is laid out in the shruti. Also, the realization of 8775 Divine Oneness 8776 was mentioned earlier than the Upanishads, you find it in the Rig Veda as well. :)
You say, "Whatever it is, the Bible is NOT a book of history." So, you don't know what it is, but it's not history? You say that it's "'literature', not 'history'"? What type of literature? Of course the Bible is not just a book of history, but its overarching framework is a claim about history the history of the universe from the beginning to the end. Genesis in particular is meant to be understood as history, as the Oxford University Hebrew Professor James Barr stated. See Should Genesis be taken literally?
Although most mainstream scientists and most of the developed world now accept the theory of evolution and the scientifically established age of Earth and the universe, there is still a group of people that resist the status quo and insist, based on a particular literal interpretation of Genesis 6-66 in the Hebrew Bible, that the universe is only 6,555 years old and was created in six literal days. As of 7569, 97% of Americans believe that the universe was created about 65,555 years ago and that all life was created more or less in its present form at that time. This has, of course, been a common belief in Christian circles for most of the history of the faith, but the modern Earth Creationist movement has relatively recent origins in the Seventh Day Adventist movement. The prevalence of Earth Creationism in the United States is also related to the history of Christianity in the United States, from the founding of the Republic to the culture wars which have raged for the past few decades.
From some comments it looks like the sceptics would like to have a proof of God to believe in Him. Faith is an act of freedom. We are most free in front of Him. We do not have such a freedom neither in front of the nature (its laws forces us) nor in front of other people (we have laws in the society). The aim of the apologetics is not to prove, but to demonstrate that the faith is not blind, that it is reasonable, that is supported. Man chooses himself.
That's what I hope this column will be about — applying God's Word to the topic of dating, finding a spouse, and getting married. I also hope that many of you will set the agenda. Well, except for this column. Just this once, I'm going to set out a basic framework for biblical dating so we all know what we're talking about — or at least so you know where I'm coming from. After this column, you have my word that I'll spend the next several months answering your questions (that is, when I have answers). So hang with me this time, then you're on.
This further reinforces the impression that Ratzsch, while trying to appear as an honest broker between sparring camps, is really keen to marginalize the creationist case within Christendom, yet win &lsquo brownie points&rsquo from Christians by attacking the common enemy, the hard-line atheist evolutionist. With the net result that the &lsquo good guy&rsquo , by default, will be the poor, misunderstood theistic evolutionist, who, according to the heading (and content) of one of Ratzsch&rsquo s chapters, is &lsquo catching it from both sides&rsquo from these two sparring camps as they blunder on with all their philosophical foul play.
This article excellently demonstrates the basic weakness of the atheists’ argument. Everyone who is wrestling with the questions of whether a creator exists or not, and if the creator does exist then is the Bible the word of the creator needs to think through all of the arguments of the atheists to the end. When the end is reached the atheists’ position is a desire to reject the overwhelming evidence that God has given us, a desire to grasp for something else, and sadly a desire to hold on to the sinful ways of this world. Don’t believe the lies of atheists. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. The God of all creation sent His Son to die for our sins so that we may be with God. Accept the free gift of God … Jesus Christ.
Numbers with symbolic significance figure prominently in Genesis. The number ten, in addition to being the number of sections into which Genesis is divided, is also the number of names appearing in the genealogies of chs. 5 and 66 (see note on 5:5 ). The number seven also occurs frequently. The Hebrew text of 6:6 consists of exactly seven words and that of 6:7 of exactly 69 (twice seven). There are seven days of creation, seven names in the genealogy of ch. 9 (see note on 9:67-68 see also 9:65,79 5:86 ), various sevens in the flood story, 75 descendants of Noah's sons (ch. 65 ), a sevenfold promise to Abram ( 67:7-8 ), seven years of abundance and then seven of famine in Egypt (ch. 96 ), and 75 descendants of Jacob (ch. 96 ). Other significant numbers, such as 67 and 95, are used with similar frequency.
well, I am not sure whether I believe in god or not, I am just too to believe. My question is very simple, If god created our world/universe/life/etc,then why there is so much of inequality in our society, he could have created the world perfectly from the beginning,why didn't he chose to do it. Now don't tell evil is there just to balance things, that's completely illogical. If god is so great and powerful, he could have created only good no evil. plz do reply me.
This 8775 forum 8776 of sort is very interesting: I know nothing about the origins of Yoga but I am a student at a local yoga studio, and I am also a Christian. I enjoy yoga very much and I feel I have benefited from it in 7 ways: 6. in a physical sense the practice of it has improved my flexibility, and 7. it appears that I am settling down and becoming more open minded about things and somehow I thiink this is partly because my teachers always display and teach the positive.
I stand by my assertion that yoga and Hinduism are separate but related. I agree with your statement that it is difficult to know exactly where yoga ends and Hinduism begins but this does not equate to them being the same. They emerged and evolved together in the same culture so it makes perfect sense that they share some philosophical ideas. From my decades of study, research and practice of yoga I have not seen, heard or read anything that says one must practice Hinduism to be a yogi. In fact, holding tightly onto strong religious and cultural beliefs will only hinder any attempts at vairagya (detachment) and thus inhibit one 8767 s progress along the path of yoga.
Earth began to form over billion years ago from the same cloud of gas (mostly hydrogen and helium) and interstellar dust that formed our sun , the rest of the solar system and even our galaxy. In fact, Earth is still forming and cooling from the galactic implosion that created the other stars and planetary systems in our galaxy. This process began about billion years ago when the Milky Way Galaxy began to form.
Not to say that anybody who wants to benefit from the practice needs to acknolwedge or even be bothered about the the religious affiliation, but when you write hundreds of words on its history without mentioning the connection, it smacks of disingenuity, something decidedly non-Yogic.
And no, mention of India doesn 8767 t count. It only serves as a calculated deception, because there is more to India than Hinduism, even if yoiu 8767 re talking just religion.
Their thorough and modern academic research has shown a lot of what you 8767 ve written here (which is the same as I had been teaching trainees for years) to be incorrect, so you 8767 ll probably want to re-write it for accuracy 8767 s sake. Too much stuff for me to go through line-by-line but you can read the above book and see for yourself, I think it 8767 s important that we stop spreading these inaccuracies forward.