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God’s Justice in the Form of Natural Disasters? (Group Prospectus)

The term theodicy comes from the Greek ‘theos’ meaning god, plus ‘dike’ meaning justice, so theodicy literally means god’s justice.  Is it appropriate for us to consider the possibility that each tsunami, earthquake, tornado, flood, drought, or storm is God passing … Continue reading

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Group Prospectus: Natural and Humanistic Evil

The Book of Job provides a paradigmatic lens with which to consider the existence of both natural calamity and human atrocity through the occurrence of each within the story. Similar examples of each type of disaster in modern history are … Continue reading

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Prospectus: OT Theodicy in Today’s Culture

It’s easy to see the world as a bad place in today’s culture. So many horrible things happen to good people and why? Well no one quite knows the answer, but the Old Testament tries to shed some light and … Continue reading

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Sleeping to Dream

Attached is my rough draft for our research paper. I know that it is not near my complete and final draft, but I would like to hear your input on it anyways. I haven’t written a paper like this in … Continue reading

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Accepting the Human Condition

Every human culture on the planet has developed a cosmology.  Is this a cultural need for any society to function?  Or is it a response to man’s need for answers to his questions.  Or is it an intrinsic need of … Continue reading

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What did Lot and Moses really see?

Throughout the books we have read in the Old Testament there have been many instances of angels appearing to ordinary people in many different ways. They have profound influence on the lives of the people they visit, and the ways … Continue reading

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Prospectus: A Whole New World

Since the beginning of time, humans have had a struggle for power over each other.  This can be plainly seen in the text of Exodus, where the Egyptians oppress the Israelites into slavery out of fear for their numbers.  And, … Continue reading

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Prospectus: The Sruggle of Developing Monotheistical Worship from a Polytheistical Culture

What makes the worship of one god so difficult?  Why are the pages of scriptural text littered with the failure of Israel to maintain a monogamous relationship with their God?  Hebrew, Israelite, and Jew are all terms used to refer … Continue reading

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Am I My Brother’s Keeper?

In the book of Genesis, each generation shows brothers or sisters who competed. Often the competition became bitter and even violent at times. Genesis features the sibling rivalries between Cain and Abel , Esau and Jacob, Ishmael and Isaac, Leah … Continue reading

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Prospectus: War and the Old Testament

To say that war occurs often in the Old Testament of the Bible would be a complete understatement. Not only does it just occur, but it occurs violently and seemingly without remorse against the enemies of Israel. This ruthless depiction … Continue reading

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Prospectus: Laws of God and Man: The Decalogue and Holiness Code of Leviticus

Laws touch on every aspect of our lives. Birth and death, marriage, taxes, traffic, the buying and selling of property—nearly all of our daily activities as people require predetermined arrangements for conduct between the parties involved. Westerners today tend to … Continue reading

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Prospectus: Incest to save the human race?

I think we can all recall the story of Lot and his two daughters. The story first starts out with Lot, being a humble host, welcomes in two men (really the angels sent from God) into his home. The men … Continue reading

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Breath of Life or Winds of Destruction

Despite the societal developments we have made in the modern age the, one key aspect of our world has received little more than destruction.  The topic that I will be writing about is the ethics of the human abuse of … Continue reading

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Prospectus: Joseph’s Dysfunctional Family

I’m speaking for myself, but having grown up with the story of Joseph, it’s been pretty easy to take the whole ordeal for granted.  Not to say that I’ve been unfamiliar with the story, but there’s certainly a contrast between … Continue reading

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Exodus in America

The study of the use, influence and impact of the Bible is called reception history.  It is a great way of relating the Bible to politics, art, culture, society and many other areas. The book of Exodus has been extremely … Continue reading

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