The titles below are links to brief essays and opinion pieces concerning religious history, the origin of Christian doctrine, Constitutional issues pertaining to church and state and other related, miscellaneous thoughts.
- Ancient Greco-Roman Religions – a brief look at early Judaism, Greco-Roman religious beliefs and the Hellenist apocalpyticism that reshaped Judaism and provided the foundation for Christian philosophy.
- Top Ten Creation Myths – How the universe began according to the mythical stories of ten different ancient cultures.
- Who Do You Believe: Jesus or Paul? – Is salvation achieved through repentance and adherence to the Law as Jesus taught or through faith alone as Paul taught?
- Comparing: Paul, Mark, Matthew, Luke & John – A look at how the New Testament narratives in Paul and the Gospels differ in important ways and how they interpret the life and death of Jesus according to different oral traditions and pre-Gospel writings of that time.
- The Trinity – Thoughts of Robert Ingersoll and others about the contradictory nature of the Trinity and the Biblical arguments against it.
- Catholic Councils – The Trinitarian doctrine of Christianity today was not settled until the late 5th Century C.E.
- Contemporary Bibles – A list of the different versions of the Bible currently in use in America today.
- Documentary Hypothesis – A brief overview of the hypothesis concerning the origin of Hebrew Testament documents.
- Doctrinal Evolution of Satan and Hell – An Historical review of the evolution of contemporary Christian beliefs about Satan and Hell.
- Philosophical Arguments for the Existence of God – Ontological, Cosmological, Teleological and Divine Encounter arguments summarized
- Do the Bible and the Qu’ran portray the teachings of the God of Abraham differently? – In response to the present turmoil occurring in the Middle East, many Evangelical Christians have argued that the Qu’ran teaches culture of violence, religious intolerance and misogynist suppression of women. Are these same teachings absent from the Bible? Here are some Biblical references that cloud that distinction: Cruelty and Violence in the Bible.
Church and State
- Forsaken Roots Critique – A critique of the redactions and errors made by the anonymous author of the viral email entitled “Forsaken Roots” in which he claims that “Revisionists have rewritten history to remove the truth about our country’s Christian roots”
- America: One Nation Under God – A review of the pamphlet by the same name written by the late Reverend D. James Kennedy of Coral Springs Ministry in which he asserted that the United States was founded on Christian Biblical principles and that nowhere in the Constitution do the words “separation of church and state” exit.
- Did You Know? – A response to an oft circulated email that makes a number of erroneous claims about the founding of the United States that includes Christian myths about the separation of church and state, the secular nature of of our federal government and the argument that the courts are strangling religious freedoms
- The Law is the Law – A response to an oft circulated email that expresses an erroneous Christian lament that the federal government and the courts are taking away our religious freedoms in America.
- Is the US Constitution Based Upon the Ten Commandments? – A legendary but popular belief in the Christian community is that our laws derive directly from the Ten Commandments. This paper addresses the question of whether the legend is based on fact or fiction.
- The Origin of United States Law – US law derives primarily from British Common Law procedures. It is not, as many Fundamentalist Christians falsely assert, based upon Christian teachings. The “dominionist’s” view is that God’s law always supersedes civil law and hence a civil law must be consistent with and never contrary to religious doctrine and teaching. No such concept was ever proposed or intended by our Founding Fathers when they wrote Article I into the Bill of Rights.
- U.S. History – False Claims – A rebuttal to the argument made by many Evangelical Fundamentalis ministers who eagerly point out that the U.S. Constitution does not anywhere contain the words, “separtion of church and state” nor did the Founding Fathers ever intended for the Constitution to infer such a concept.
- Prayer in Public Schools – What the Supreme Court has really said …. yes students can pray, read their Bible, form religous clubs, etc in public schools regardless of what Fundamentalist Christians want you to believe.
- The True Meaning of the Establishment Clause – Edward Tabash, ESQ explains the 1st Amendment, Establishment Clause from its historical origins.
Christianity and Science
- The Creation-Evolution Continuum – Most people think that an understanding the origins of life on Earth is limited to a choice between one of two diametrically opposed points of view, Creationism vs Evolution Science. But between these two end points, there is a great diversity of opinion and this paper outlines the continuum by including the other views.
- Homosexuality and the Bible – Many Christians believe the Bible teaches that homosexuality is a sin, but is that really true