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Albert Einstein, Christianity and Science Pt 2

Albert Einstein, Christianity and Science Pt 2

T F Torrance
All truth contained within our universe has its source in its Creator, Jesus Christ.  While James Clerk-Maxwell was a devout Christian, to call Einstein as such is very hard to pin down.  Yet this man played a crucial part in consolidating light, electricity and magnetism into its relational unity that, as far as his work is concerned, there can be no other way. If it was all wrong, then, as silly as it sounds, everything in our high tech modern world would also be all wrong. We see this very same relational unity within the Trinity, what we call perichoresis; ie the relational unity, mutual indwelling and interpenetration of the Persons of the Trinity. Once we see the Trinity in this way, the shining light of Truth is on display where…
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Albert Einstein, Science and Christianity Pt 1

Albert Einstein, Science and Christianity Pt 1

T F Torrance
The ancient church has much to offer to modern Christianity.  The problem we have today are the numerous differing presuppositions on the true nature of the Christian God.  What we have is a church community that is divided against itself.  T F Torrance could see the root of this problem lies in understanding the gospel in same way the ancient community understood, which they believed to be the very same as was handed to them by the apostles.  In his scientific theology, Torrance tries to show the mind of the ancient church is one in her understanding of God revealed in the Person and work of Jesus Christ.  Sadly, many do not understand the full significance of what he was trying to show here.  His scientific theology is often seen…
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For us men and for our Salvation . . .

For us men and for our Salvation . . .

Theology
There has been a long standing belief regarding who it is Jesus Christ died for.  In the Nicene Creed in the clause regarding the reason for the Incarnation, it says For us men and for our salvation . .  The whole reason the Word became flesh was for our sake.  It has often been implied that Jesus Christ came to die for the Father.  Why did He need to die for the Father?  Some say it is the righteous nature of the Father that demands it.  On the contrary, as Baxter Kruger has said time and time again, Jesus Christ did not come to change the Father, He came to change us.  He came to bring us back to where we ought to be.  We were the ones who were in desperate…
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The Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed

The Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed

Assorted Topics on Everything, Theology
The Nicene Creed was initially designed as a unified confession for bishops.  For these leaders, this creed  was the best reflection of the apostolic tradition and summed up all they held to be true regarding the gospel.  It was a careful evolution from statements made throughout the church in the ancient mediterranean world that was handed to them from the apostles.  If we examine these letters written firstly by Paul himself in 1Corinthians 15 and follow the early writers into the second century through to the Nicene Council of 325AD, we find there is very little variation between these statements of beliefs and the Nicene Creed.  The Creed handed down at this council was not without its controversy. For the first time, a non-scriptural word homoousios was introduced, traditionally  translated "same substance." …
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More on the Word made Flesh

More on the Word made Flesh

Theology
One of the stark characteristics of the ancient church was its ability to make the message plain and simple to the Christians they served.  By contrast, the heretics would confuse and complicate the message. While the ancient church would focus on who God is through Himself revealed in the Person and work Jesus Christ, the heretics were more concerned with who God is not.  We find in the early writings the fathers accused the heretics of their constant claim that God was incomprehensible and far beyond the capacity for any human being to grasp.  Even though the heretics insisted on this claim, they were confident  that they knew what God is not.  The father's response, in particular Athanasius, if you do not even know what God is, then how can…
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The Word made Flesh

The Word made Flesh

Theology
In this country we have an RV industry that is experiencing rapid economic growth.  As the baby-boomers enter into retirement many are investing in caravans and camper trailers or motor homes and setting off into the Australian outdoors to explore this vast and beautiful country.  At the same time, this industry is in somewhat of a crisis as it is self-regulated.  They set their own standards and claim almost anything they like to get a hold of the hard earned dollars of retirees.  Numerous people have run into trouble when the RV they have purchased breaks down as the enter into their first journey.  Some break down after their second or third journey.  Price does not necessarily reflect quality.  Whether you buy at the bottom end of the scale or…
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Jesus Christ: The Proof that God exists.

Jesus Christ: The Proof that God exists.

Theology
It is amazing how for so many years we can devote ourselves to something so passionately. Twenty years ago, I was living in a rural area around 200km (125 miles) north of our state's capital.  We were publishing articles in the local newspaper every month sharing with the local community our version of the gospel.  This attracted the attention of the Christian groups in the area who offered plenty of advice on what I should write about to be more effective.  Some people eagerly awaited the publication to read my article. The opinions shared with me from Christians was always from the point of view of how they understood the Scriptures.  It was a far cry from what I believe now.  Something I was so passionate about was so far off…
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The Way to True Freedom

The Way to True Freedom

Theology
The truth is the truth because it is the truth.  We either serve the truth and allow it to guide us and wash us from what is not true and turning us from darkness to light or we run around like blind fools.  The gospel is the same. Once we see where the truth resides, which resides in the very Person of Jesus Christ who is the Truth of all Truths Personified, then as servants we have no choice but to allow the truth of this very Person to teach us all that is true.  There is no where else to go! Jesus Christ is the ground of all that is true!  It took me many years to come to this all-important realisation.  When we declare the reality of Jesus Christ as…
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A DIALOG WITH BEN MYERS’ “TWEETING THE TRINITY” #19, #20, #21  Marty Folsom, PhD

A DIALOG WITH BEN MYERS’ “TWEETING THE TRINITY” #19, #20, #21 Marty Folsom, PhD

Relational Theology
This continues a dialog with Ben Myer’s blog post statements 19-21 on how to avoid heresy with the Trinity. UNDERLYING PRINCIPLES OF THE DOCTRINE#19. The canonical principle. OT and NT are a diverse but coherent witness to one God This is true. But we cannot assume that a person is able to go to both testaments and see the nature of the oneness and the threeness without some context for understanding. In the same way, one would not expect someone to be able to see that the sun and the stars are the same thing. One is not intuitively aware that the experience of stars is just one set of lights seen in the night (unknowingly made invisible in the day by the brighter star) and the other light, the…
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The Self-Humiliation of Jesus Christ

The Self-Humiliation of Jesus Christ

T F Torrance
When describing the Trinity as One Being (μία οὐσία), Three Persons (τρεῖς ὑποστάσεις), St Basil (Ep. 38; Con Eun. 2.4) provides a very straight forward explanation to help us grasp what this might mean.  Some people are confused as to how we can call God 'One,' when they are in fact, 'Three.' When I was young, we used the term,'man,' to describe collectively the human race. 'Man,' was the same term we use today for, 'humanity.' Both are singular terms that describe the whole of the human race. These humans are of the same created being (ὁμοούσία). We may have different races across the world and a myriad of personalities but we are all human 'beings' ie of the same οὐσία. Anatomically we are the same in being and nature.  Now if we…
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