Bnonn Tennant (the B is silent)

Where a recovering ex-atheist skewers things with a sharp two-edged sword

Are the first and second commandments morally distinguishable?

It’s a bit of a trick question when I ask it.

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Is the divine council henotheistic?

There’s a rock and a hard place here for anyone who wants to use that term.

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So you think educated Westerners don’t believe in pagan monism?

Heh. Ain’t that cute.

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How would a Hebrew have pictured Genesis 1?

I meant to note down a few interesting thoughts, but I accidentally wrote a commentary.

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Is Allah actually Yahweh?

It’s a more vexed question than you might assume—but here’s a simple argument that shows he is perhaps not, at least in most cases.

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Are pictures of Jesus idolatry? Part 2: what were ancient people thinking?

Thinking so is an understandably venerable Reformed tradition which strikes me as naive and legalistic on several levels. Here, I look at why ancient peoples created idols to worship, and how this radically affects our understanding of the second commandment.

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What is honor?

And why does it matter to Christians?

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Was Jesus a guru? (Part 3)

What if his message got lost in transmission?

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Was Jesus a guru? (Part 2)

Is there not some hubris in thinking that, when reading a translation of a text, you have picked up on something which two millennia’s worth of its most adept students failed to notice in the original languages?

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Was Jesus a guru? (Part 1)

Some people think so, and they quote Jesus himself in support of the idea.

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Did all great religious figures share the same mystical experience?

The only way to know for sure is to ask them…

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Is Yahweh made in man’s image?

If he is, why do nearly all (presumably man-made) religions line up against Christianity on many key doctrines?

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Independent witness to early Genesis

The orally-transmitted creation legend of the Miao people in China is an extraordinarily accurate parallel to the events recorded in Genesis 1-11.

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