Mark’s embarrassing verse about Jesus that Matthew felt he had to change

Awesome little piece on the wobbly nature of the bible.

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The prestigious Oxford Bible Commentary on the Gospels (published by Oxford University Press) is clear that the author of Matthew’s gospel deliberately changed the words of Jesus in the earlier gospel of Mark because they were “embarrassing” to him.

Why were they embarrassing?

Here is the story in the earliest gospel to be written, the gospel of Mark:

As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good?No one is good but God alone.”

The Oxford Bible Commentary on the Gospels comments (on page 113):

The evident embarrassment caused to later Christians (Matthew!) by the story in which Jesus appears implicitly to reject the notion that he himself is ‘good’ [in Mark 10:17] suggests that we have here a…

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Evolutionary Reliabilism (ER) & True Perception is Doubted

Alhamdulillah, a great short article that really summarises the issues with belief that evolution favours truth over utility. Worth a read!

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Evolutionary reliabilism (ER) is the view that natural selection likely favored reliable cognitive faculties in humans. In his 2004 paper, James Sage (PhD, University of Utah) argues that there is no reason to accept that natural selection favored truth-reliable.

Donald D. Hoffman (University of California, Irvine) argues that true perception should not be assumed to have been favored by natural selection.

He was interviewed in Closer to the Truth to speak about his work. In this video, he gives piratical examples of evolution preferring reproductive fitness over truth.

Here is a complete list of Huffman’s research.

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The Problem With Secular Morality…

A short extract from Nietzsche on the problem with secular morality…

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“They are rid of the Christian God and now believe all the more firmly that they must cling to Christian morality. That is an English consistency; we do not wish to hold it against little moralistic females á la Eliot. In England one must rehabilitate oneself after every little emancipation from theology by showing in a veritably awe-inspiring manner what a moral fanatic one is. That is the penance they pay there.

We others hold otherwise. When one gives up the Christian faith, one pulls the right to Christian morality from under one’s feet. This morality is by no means self-evident: this point has to be exhibited again and again, despite these English flatheads. Christianity is a system, a whole view of things thought out together. By breaking one main concept out of it, the faith in God, one breaks the whole: nothing necessary remains in one’s hands. Christianity presupposes…

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A Muslim’s Analysis of Kant: On the Limits of Reason

Here is a guest post I wrote for BloggingTheology.com. The essay is on Kant’s exploration of the limits of reason, and on my response to his notion that transcendental knowledge is impossible. Please check it out and let me know what you think 🙂 any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

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Introduction

In this essay I intend to do a number of things. First of all, I will explain what epistemology is in order to make what follows easier to understand. Once this has been done, I will move on to explain a problem highlighted by the french philosopher René Descartes, with regards to how one is to justify the use of reason. This will then follow on to Kant’s theory on the limits of reason itself. He uses this theory to conclude that knowledge of the transcendent is not possible; that is, we cannot have knowledge of things such as God or of an immaterial soul. Upon elaborating his theory, I will then move on to my critique of this philosophy, wherein I will argue that reason does indeed have its limits. Furthermore, I will argue that these limits are not static, but rather that they fluctuate. And finally, I…

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