What I say here is not likely to change either your opinions or your presuppositions. My goal is to be interesting, or thought-provoking.
The material on this page will change from time to time.
- Does God Believe that You Exist?
A somewhat cheeky essay on the existence of God.
- Is There Any Good News? A short essay about God.
- The Origins Debate.
Because I'm both a Christian and a scientist, the "Creation-Evolution" debate has always seemed interesting -- partly because of the fascinating irrationality that infests both sides of this controversy. I believe in the Creator; that the cosmos was brought into being by the Almighty; that natural phenomena are best studied with the scientific method, and that natural phenomena, being created by the Almighty, tell us something about the Creator. I do not know just how the Creator caused the cosmos to come into being: I am neither a "Creationist" nor an "Evolutionist" -- I suppose I'm an I-don't-know-ist. I understand and respect the scientific method; I understand and respect the scriptures, which are God-inspired.
- Fallacies in the Origins Debate. There are two main fallacies in this debate. One is that "if evolution, then not-God" and the other is "the dates and language of Genesis can only mean that the cosmos is about 6000 years old." An essay on cosmology is under the word "fallacies.".
- Old Origins manuscripts
I appreciate authors who are willing to test their assumptions, who search for truth rather than for butresses to pre-formed conclusions. I've posted two very old essays by such authors, both fundamentalist (Plymouth Brethren) theologians. Their essays were interesting to me when I discovered them in the 1960's because of the open minded view they take on the interpretation of Genesis and because of the disciplined way in which they reject the scientific speculation of their day in order to base their opinions on what seemed to be established facts. This parsimoniousness has made their essays somewhat timeless, as their science, though dated, has stood up much better than their contemporaries in the debate because they ignored speculation. They take the same empirical approach to scripture interpretation, choosing simplicity and clarity over dogma and tradition.
Both essays are in .png format, which is readable in your browser. Both are in the public domain.
The Creation, by William Kelly (English), probably written in about 1880-1890. I've annotated each page to help those who find Victorian English too abstruse. I've collected the notes as well, in case it's easier for you to work from that.
- Creation in Genesis and Geology, by F. W. Grant (American), probably written between 1910-1925. I've written an outline; within this outline is a link to each page.
- "Darbyite" dispensationalism.
The "Booth chart" of the dispensations of God's divine administration toward Man (humans).
The Bible is full of prophecy. Prophecy, as my mother insightfully said, does not exist in order that man can predict the future, but exists to reach the conscience; as a warning to God's people and as proof that God controls events as He wills.