Dr. JAC’s Philosophy Shop-Q#14

For those of you who are still waiting for me to get to your question, thank you for your patience. I will try to get to it as soon as I can.

Question #14: Given that Jesus and the apostles seemed to freely employ the Septuagint translation of the Hebrew Scriptures, should we today rely first and foremost upon the Septuagint rather than upon our English Old Testaments, which are based upon later Hebrew texts?

In this audio file I respond to a question regarding whether we ought not to rely upon the Septuagint translation of what we call the Old Testament, rather than upon our typical English translations of the Old Testament. Arguably, the Septuagint translation is based upon a more reliable and closer-to-the-original Hebrew text of the Hebrew Bible than is the Masoretic text, which is the basis for our English translations. The Septuagint translates a version of the Hebrew bible that is more than 700 years earlier than the version of the Hebrew Bible preserved by the Masoretes. In this session I discuss whether it follows from that that we should rely upon an English translation of the Septuagint rather than upon our typical English Old Testament. Here is the audio file where I address this issue:

CLICK HERE for my response to whether I think we should rely foremost upon an English translation of the Septuagint.

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Dr. JAC’s Philosophy Shop-Q#13

I have a rather long queue of unanswered questions. I intend to get to all of them. But, unfortunately, I am somewhat limited in the time I have available to do so. If yours is one of those unanswered questions, I am sorry for the delay. Thank you for your patience. I will try to get to it as soon as I can.

Question: What is the “mystery of lawlessness” in 2 Thessalonians 2, and does it have any relevance for us today?

In this audio file I respond to a question regarding the meaning and relevance of Paul’s teaching in 2 Thessalonians 2. I suggest that the “mystery of lawlessness” of which Paul speaks there is very relevant to us today and I comment on its relevance to the political situation in America in 2020.

Here is the audio file where I address this issue:

CLICK HERE for my response to whether I think the “mystery of lawlessness” in 2 Thessalonians 2 has any relevance for us today.

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Dr. JAC’s Philosophy Shop-Q#12

Question: Do I believe that it is morally permissible for a Jesus-follower to vote for a political candidate who is immoral?

In this audio file I respond to a question posed to me via an email I received. In the past, I have suggested that it seemed wrong to me for followers of Jesus to vote for certain individuals whose life choices showed them to be morally deficient individuals. The question posed to me is whether I still believe that.  So, in this session, I address this very question. The answer I give is a somewhat nuanced “yes and no.”

Here is the audio file where I address this issue. CLICK HERE for my response to whether a Jesus-believer can vote for a political candidate who is immoral.

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Dr. JAC’s Philosophy Shop-Q#11-part 3

Question: Why do I believe that it is biblical to understand God’s relationship to created reality to be analogous to the relationship between an author and his story? PART THREE.

In this audio file I respond to a question posed to me in person. I have maintained in a number of different contexts that, in the biblical worldview, the relationship between God and created reality is analogous to the relationship between an author or storyteller and his story. It is not immediately obvious that the Bible actually teaches such a thing. So, the question posed to me was this: where would I go in the Bible to support this claim? Or, in other words, how would I support my contention that the worldview of the Bible is that created reality is a story that God, the storyteller, is authoring?

Here is Part Three, I address an issue that lies behind this question.

Here is the third of three audio files where I attempt to address this issue. CLICK HERE for PART THREE of my defense of the claim that created reality is a network of stories authored by God.

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Here is the first of three audio files where I attempt to address this issue. CLICK HERE for PART ONE of my defense of the claim that created reality is a network of stories authored by God.

Here is the second of three audio files where I attempt to address this issue. CLICK HERE for PART TWO of my defense of the claim that created reality is a network of stories authored by God.

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Dr. JAC’s Philosophy Shop-Q#11-part 2

Question: Why do I believe that it is biblical to understand God’s relationship to created reality to be analogous to the relationship between an author and his story? PART TWO

In this audio file I respond to a question posed to me in person. I have maintained in a number of different contexts that, in the biblical worldview, the relationship between God and created reality is analogous to the relationship between an author or storyteller and his story. It is not immediately obvious that the Bible actually teaches such a thing. So, the question posed to me was this: where would I go in the Bible to support this claim? Or, in other words, how would I support my contention that the worldview of the Bible is that created reality is a story that God, the storyteller, is authoring?

Here is the second of three audio files where I attempt to address this issue. CLICK HERE for PART TWO of my defense of the claim that created reality is a network of stories authored by God.

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Here is the first of three audio files where I attempt to address this issue. CLICK HERE for PART ONE of my defense of the claim that created reality is a network of stories authored by God.

To access my answer to earlier questions: CLICK HERE

What is Dr. JAC’s Philosophy Shop? CLICK HERE