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harold sikkema

The final arbiter

The final arbiter (of truth) is individual conscience and power of reason. A man may be a heretic in the truth if he believes things only because his pastor says so, or the assembly says so, not knowing of the...

The final arbiter (of truth) i...

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pragmatism

Occham's razor favours the simplest solution. Water favours the path of least resistance. People prefer the most pragmatic belief. Belief in a 6000 year-old earth is pragmatic in the sense that it keeps your worldview nice and simple. Belief in an old earth is...

Occham's razor favours the sim...

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certainty

Why are we convinced that in spite of the complexity of the world, our own paradigm is infallible? 10% of american businesses disappear each year, but it's uncomfortable to admit our own fallibility. Sometimes we need to be shocked out of our god...

Why are we convinced that in s...

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restorative justice

We should base justice on creating restoration, by addressing root causes of problems. This will enable us to prevent the same shit from happening again. "Eye for an eye" is not justice. You cannot set things right by creating more...

We should base justice on crea...

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exile

Peter Enns compares Adam's banishment from Eden to Israel's exile, in this mind-expanding talk which I greatly enjoyed. It will, of course, ruffle all sorts of conservative feathers. In bringing out a few highlights, I seek intellectual honesty. Claim:  "Genesis reads well as...

Peter Enns compares Adam's ba...

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