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Aristotle, Teilhard de Chardin, and the Explanation of the World
by Dr. Anthony B Kelly
While Aristotle was able to argue from the world up to God, he was unable to argue his way back down again from God to the world. God had to be perfect, but the world was obviously imperfect. Why would a perfect God make an imperfect world? Aristotle could not find a satisfactory explanation for our imperfect world. The imperfection of the world has also been a problem for religion. A common religious explanation has been that God made the world perfect but that man messed it up. Now that we know that the world has evolved, this explanation no longer works. It never really worked. The buck would still have stopped with God, who made man. A self-existent and good God could only love another self-existent and good entity, in effect another god. How could there be another god? God could not create another God. A created entity, a creature, would not be self-existent. So we have a complex problem. A perfect God could need nothing. Love, not need, can be the only motive for God to act, for God to do anything. God could only love another self-existent and good entity. But the only explanation of the existence of our contingent world is God. So why would God make an imperfect world? Is there is a possible resolution to this problem?
The Nature and Origin of the Bible
by Howard Taylor, Chaplain
The New Testament makes clear what is implicit in the Old Testament, namely that the Eternal Word is not a `thing' (a book) but the very personal expression (Word) of the mind of God who sustains all creation and works out the plan of salvation for the world. In the New Testament the eternal and personal Mind or Word came among us clothed in our full humanity so that we might know Him face to face. The Bible is both the account of, and the result of, this very real and personal engagement of God's eternal mind with the history of the world. Through this very personal self-disclosure by God the Bible was written. Unless we use the Bible to receive knowledge of the Eternal Word we will never really understand it.So then the Bible claims to be the book that is the record of God's very personal revelation of Himself to humankind so that we might know Him who is our Creator, Lord and Judge and so discover His salvation for our lost humanity and spoilt world. How can we understand and assess this claim? How should we study it?
Theology of Slavery: Western Theology's Role in the Development and Propogation of Slavery
by Scott David Foutz
This is the second in a two-part series examining Western Europe's role in the development and facilitation
of "racism". (For Part One, see "Ignorant Science: The Eighteenth Century's Development of a Scientific
Racism", in Quodlibet vol 1, num 8, December 99.) This paper will attempt three things: [a] to provide an
objective though limited account of the relation between slavery and Western theology; [b] to enforce the
distinction between Scriptural theology and those contextual elements which may reside in theological
formulations; and [c] to provide a case study of this distinction through a treatment and analysis of the Ham
story. This subject matter covered will be limited to [a] longstanding traditions developed in the 3rd and 4th
century Church which remained until changes occurring in 1965 with Vatican II, and [b] popular theology
within the Antebellum (i.e., pre-Civil War) South.
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- Principles for Productive Word Study (John H. Walton)
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