The Doctrine of Original Sin (Part 4): Romans 5, I Corinthians 15, Ancestral Sin, and the “Natural” Order of Things

In this final post regarding the doctrine of original sin, I want to offer a few brief thoughts on Romans 5:12-21 and I Corinthians 15, two texts often used to argue for “original sin.” As I noted in “Part 1,” Simon Turpin of Answers in Genesis wrote two of his own posts on these two…

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The Evolution of Darwin’s Religious Beliefs (…from the post of a friend)

This is not a normal post for my blog. To the point, what I’m sharing in not my post. A friend of mine has his own blog, and today he shared a very interesting post regarding the “evolution” of Charles Darwin’s beliefs about God. In light of the fact that YECist groups continually push the…

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The Problems with the Doctrine of Original Sin (Part 3)

Although the particulars of the doctrine of original sin have varied throughout the centuries, the core of this doctrine has stayed intact: The sin of the first man, Adam, contaminated the rest of human history; Each person, therefore, is born into sin, and his very nature is polluted; But even though each person is born…

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Augustine and the Doctrine of Original Sin (Part 2): Background About the Ultimate STD

As you might have noticed in the previous post, when it comes to the doctrine of original sin, YECist groups like Answers in Genesis tie it directly in with the creation/evolution debate in general, and the question of the historicity of Adam in particular. In many ways, though, their basic view regarding the doctrine of…

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Adam, Augustine, and the Doctrine of Original Sin (Part 1)

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been mulling over writing a post specifically about Adam and the doctrine of Original Sin. As things would have it, just over the course of the past week, I happened to come across posts on this very subject from both Answers in Genesis and Peter Enns. As you…

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Should Evolution Be Taught in Christian Schools? (Answers in Genesis’ Point of View)

Earlier today I was thumbing through my Twitter-feed and came across a link to a January 12th article by Avery Foley at Answers in Genesis (AiG) entitled, “Should Christian Schools Teach Evolution?” Needless to say, it caught my attention, for I had taught Worldview at a small Christian school for eight years, and this was…

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The Ways of the Worldviews: A “Table of Contents” For You…With Links!

I thought I’d provide this post as an overview of my entire “Ways of the Worldviews” Series. I’ve broken it up in the the various “ages” with their corresponding posts. Enjoy and feel free to browse! The Greco-Roman Age (Posts 1-12) (Part 1): Ancient Greece–Frolicking with the gods on the shores of the Aegean Sea…

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The Ways of the Worldviews (Part 71): So, How Should We Then Live?

In his book, The Victory of Reason, Rodney Stark said the following in regards to Christianity and Western Civilization: “Christianity created Western Civilization.  …Without a theology committed to reason, progress, and moral equality, today the entire world would be about where non-European societies were in, say, 1800: A world with many astrologers and alchemists but…

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The Ways of the Worldviews (Part 70): The 21st Century: Mounting Pressures and Crumbling Foundations

Forty years ago, Francis Schaeffer came out with How Should We Then Live? in which he provided an overview of western culture from the time of ancient Rome, up to his present day. I used his book for my 12th grade Worldview class at the small Christian school I worked at for eight years. Overtime,…

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Ten Key Things to Remember Regarding the Creation/Evolution Debate and Young Earth Creationism (AKA: A Time to Mourn…and Shake the Dust From Your Feet)

Over the past two years, I have written quite a lot about the creation/evolution debate, young earth creationism in general, and Answers in Genesis in particular. Some of my posts have been straightforward, simply analyzing what men like Ken Ham actually say; some of my post have been laced with humor (I mean, how can…

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