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The Tower of Babel

September 8th, 2007 · 3 Comments ·

DAVID KRONEMYER: A. Statement of the Problem The story of the Tower of Babel at Genesis 11:1-9 is one of the most celebrated fables of the Old Testament. It recounts how the ancient Israelites commenced building a gigantic ziggurat in order to reach unto heaven. Concurrently, they sought a “name,” lest they “be scattered abroad [...]

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Another Take on the Prologue to the Gospel of John

August 29th, 2007 · 1 Comment ·

DAVID KRONEMYER: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” The Prologue to the Gospel of John quite likely is the most enigmatic verse in the Bible. Because of this, it consistently repays further contemplation. I previously wrote an essay about it, focusing on the concept [...]

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What Could the Opening Verse of the Prologue to the Gospel of John Possibly Mean?

August 28th, 2007 · No Comments ·

DAVID KRONEMYER: It comprises three of the most bewildering phrases of the New Testament, if not the entire Bible – and, some of the most beguiling. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” “Beginning” means “start” or “onset,” as in the commencement of a process, [...]

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OK, But Where’s the Temple?

August 11th, 2007 · 1 Comment ·

DAVID KRONEMYER: It would not be an overstatement to say that Martin Heidegger’s “The Origin of the Work of Art” is one of the 20th Century’s most influential texts on aesthetics. In it, he expounds an inspiring theory about the relationship between art and culture. A “work of art,” according to Heidegger, isn’t any ordinary [...]

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Embodied Christianity

August 5th, 2007 · 2 Comments ·

DAVID KRONEMYER: The theological climate of Virgil’s time was bleak. The official Roman religion was the tepid, uninspired worship of Augustus as a “living God.” In fact, Augustus commissioned Virgil to write the Aeneid as a kind of commemorative poem, in his honor. As a stoic, Virgil disdained the human body, and this concept is [...]

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When Humans and Dinosaurs Lived Happily Ever After

June 4th, 2007 · No Comments ·

DAVID KRONEMYER: A recent article in The Economist profiled a peculiar institution called The Creation Museum, located in the up-to-date metropolis of Petersburg, Kentucky. “Keeping the Word,” The Economist 32 (Jun. 2, 2007). Built at a cost of $27 million, the museum is premised on the concept that man and dinosaurs evolved together. The Museum [...]

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Israelite, Christian and Islamic Theology of Self

March 7th, 2007 · Comments Off ·

DAVID KRONEMYER: The most significant event in the development of Western Civilization is 573 CE. That’s the birth date of the Prophet Muhammad, founder of Islam. Over the next several centuries, Islam overran the Christian world, sweeping out of Arabia into Southern Europe. Jerusalem fell. So did Alexandria, home to many early Church figures, and [...]

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The Power of Music

February 17th, 2007 · No Comments ·

DAVID KRONEMYER: And I literally mean “power.” An article in today’s Wall Street Journal reminded me of how Noriega was driven out of Panama when American troops played rock music after he holed up in the Vatican embassy, Córdoba, J., “Booming Panama City Await’s Noriega’s Return,” Wall St. Journal (Feb. 17, 2007). Songs played included [...]

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Did the Ancient Israelites Practice Human Sacrifice?

February 5th, 2007 · 1 Comment ·

DAVID KRONEMYER: There is no direct evidence they did, and by asking this question, I do not mean to impugn their righteousness or integrity. However, as an anthropological fact, human sacrifice was an integral component of precursor Canaanite religions, Roland de Vaux, Ancient Israel: Its Life and Institutions 441 (1997). The Old Testament is scattered [...]

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Paul’s Excursus into Predicate Calculus

January 24th, 2007 · No Comments ·

DAVID KRONEMYER: At 1 Corinthians 12:14, Paul writes: “Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. If the foot should say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,’ it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. And if the [...]

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