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Herold Weiss: Paul Did Not Teach Righteousness by Faith

by Dr. Herold Weiss, author of Meditations on the Letters of Paul Martin Luther’s argument against the selling of indulgences to shorten one’s stay in purgatory before reaching heaven was a courageous and necessary attack on a grievous abuse of ecclesiastical authority. The ninety five theses he nailed to the door of the church at the university…

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Has the multiplicity of interpretations made the bible incomprehensible? —NO!

[EDITOR’S NOTE: This post is part of our series on controversial questions. A NO post will normally follow a YES post. Join in by posting your comments.] by Edward W. H. Vick In the sixteenth century there was a major conflict within Christianity. It was over the Bible. Before then it was only available in…

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Has the multiplicity of interpretations made the Bible incomprehensible? —YES

[EDITOR’S NOTE: This post is part of our series on controversial questions. A NO post will normally follow a YES post. Join in by posting your comments.] by Steve Kindle For those of us in the West, once the Roman Catholic Church lost its hegemonic hold on the content of the faith, it’s become “every…

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How Does Science Inform Biblical Interpretation?

by Steve Kindle “By identifying the new learning with heresy, you make orthodoxy synonymous with ignorance.” ~Erasmus What follows in this post is my personal reflection on Dr. Vick’s post which ran yesterday. Although I hope he finds this compatible with his own view, he may not. He is only responsible for prodding me to…

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WHAT IS TRUTH?

by Herold Weiss More than any other biblical book According to John is concerned with the necessity to distinguish what is true from what is false, what is genuine from what is spurious. Throughout the gospel one finds declarations concerning “the true light,” “the true bread,” “the true food,” “the true Israelite,” “the true shepherd,”…

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How is the Bible authoritative?

by Edward W. H. Vick  The question is:   How to explain that the Bible has authority? That the Bible is unique is not the question. But why is it unique? Ask different people and you will get different answers, for different people read the Bible for different reasons, approaching it in different ways according…