King Herod probably did not massacre all the boys under two in Bethlehem. While Herod was a pretty bloody monarch, and would not have been bothered by killing a few dozen babies, there is no historical evidence to show he did.
It is halfway through the year, so it’s a great time to share what I’ve been reading with everyone (here’s the link to my 2015 reading list.). My minimum goal for the past few years was usually one book per week - 52 books a year. This year, I will probably read around 60 or so.
I have been diving into a lot of Patristic and Orthodox books and articles, particularly books on St Athanasius in relation to wider Orthodox theology. Khaled Anatolios’ books on Athanasius (Athanasius (Early Church Fathers) and Athanasius: The Coherence of His Thought) have been very helpful for understanding the context in which the Early Church developed its theology. I also read through St Augustine’s On the Trinity three times back-to-back. It’s not only a great introduction to Augustine’s Trinitarian theology, but a great peak inside the mind of one of the West’s greatest theologians. John Ronning’s book, The Jewish Targums and John’s Logos Theology, forced me to rethink the background of St John’s Gospel and gave me a better insight into the theology of the Fourth Gospel. I highly recommend it. I’ve also been reading St Athanasius’ Letters off on and on in my spare time.
Recently, however, I’ve hit a bit of a dead spot. Obviously, interpretation/hermeneutics will always be at the forefront of my studies, though everything I’ve read recently has been more of the same… very little movement forward regarding the problem(s) of interpretation (and authority, for that matter). Any suggestions on any interesting reads (or questions) from those subscribed to my blog?
I’m Sandy (Kynte) and my boyfriend (Bucky 91702) had a nice debate on the subject of Gay Marriage. We were just using my Facebook to reply to a friend’s Facebook post. We feel what we said is our interpretation of what Christian marriage should mean. 💒✌
“What you believe about the past (historical science) determines how you interpret the observational evidence. Since Bill Nye believes the earth is billions of years old, he likely assumes (as most evolutionists do) that the climate has been relatively stable for the last 10,000 years, since the end of the last supposed glacial period. Since our climate is now changing, many secularists assume that modern man must be the primary cause and, if this is true, then this certainly is cause for alarm. But as Christians we start with a completely different account of Earth’s history—the history recorded in God’s Word. According to God’s Word, the earth is only around 6,000 years old. But the climate was radically changed about 4,350 years ago when the earth was catastrophically reshaped by the global Flood of Noah’s day. This Flood even caused an Ice Age, which covered 30% of Earth’s surface with ice and snow. This transitional period then eased out to give way to the climate we now have today. So we should expect minor variations in our climate, and these changes are not necessarily man-made. So, unlike most evolutionists, we are not alarmed by reports of changing climates. (Read my entire post here: https://answersingenesis.org/…/bill-nye-explains-climate-c…/)”
You might not hear from me as often as usual for the next 2 weeks, as I’m off to London to attend the University of London’s Rare Book School (otherwise known as LRBS )! I’ll be taking courses called “The Medieval Book” and “Provenance in Books” both of which I’m SUPER excited for! I kind of assume it’ll be like in this illumination from a 13th century Bible Historial, including the exposed leg- it’s supposed to be in the 70s and 80s the whole time I’m there! 😍✨☀️
(MS 19 from the University of Edinburgh library special collections )