A response to Glenn Peoples’ article of June 1, in which he critiques the doctrine of biblical inerrancy and finds it wanting.
A polemic against the argument that, in light of the apparently contradicting evidence of our moral intuitions, total depravity should be interpreted metaphorically.
A response to an email from a Roman Catholic correspondent, critiquing his presentation of the doctrine of Scripture and the purposes of God.
Victor has posted a further response in our ongoing discussion regarding the nature of good as presented in the Bible, and how it compares to our moral intuitions. I invite you to read it in full; it is not very long. I will quote only pertinent segments here. The gist is that (I) Scripture only indirectly addresses the question in which we are interested (is predestination good?); (II) it is only authoritative once we already believe in an omniscient, omnipotent, omnibenevolent God, so a preexisting conception of goodness is logically necessary to belief in the Christian God; and (III) it is unclear the extent to which we can get precise meaning out of Scripture via historical-grammatical analysis.
Continued from part 3 « In the continuing correspondence with my Catholic apologist, he responds, in lieu of a lengthier reply, with a single criticism which has been implicit in his earlier objections. This criticism is one so commonly leveled by Catholics that it seems important to evaluate it on their own terms. (For an [...]
Continued from part 2 « This is the final part of my response to the first letter in this correspondence, although further responses may be forthcoming as the correspondence continues. My Catholic apologist writes— Tradition is not about handing on a lot of teachings that are totally different to the teachings found in the Bible. [...]
Continued from part 1 « The comments regarding 2 Timothy 3:16-17 were not the only ones I received from this particular correspondent. He went on to say— Paul also refers to oral tradition in 2 Timothy (1:13-14; 2:2; 3:14). The Bible is part of a Tradition which is larger than itself. The Tradition is the [...]