Current Events Articles: October 2011

Mark Gatt’s Critique of “The Lost Shipwreck of Paul” Video posted by Gordon Franz MA

Gatt authored a book entitled PAVLVS, The Shipwreck 60 AD (Allied Publications, 2009) that described the possible implications of an anchor stock that he discovered off the coast of Malta a few years ago. In his analysis of Cornuke’s “The Lost Shipwreck of Paul” Gatt gives a local Maltese diver’s perspective of the issue. He says the video, like the book by the same title, is “so fraught with mistakes and manipulated facts” that he was compelled to write a refutation. The article entitled, The Rape of Our Pauline Traditions, was published in the “Malta Independent” on October 16, 2011 and is now on their website.

 

Gatt adds some new information to the discussion. For example, he revealed a Public Question that was asked in the Maltese parliament of the Prime Minister, Lawrence Gonzi, as to why he sent an affidavit to the courts in Colorado for a lawsuit between the former US ambassador to Malta and Cornuke. The prime minister responded that it was “sent to safeguard the reputation of the Armed Forces of Malta and its officers because these have been misquoted in Bob Cornuke’s publication.”

 

If you have seen the video, or are thinking about watching it, this excellent and witty critique will be very informative and well worth your time.

 

For my critique, see: http://www.lifeandland.org/2011/09/1008/ 

 

 

ABR Editorial Note: The title of this article by Mr. Gatt is somewhat abrasive, but the substance of his critique remains strong.

ABR CHRISTMAS SPECIAL posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

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Bible and Spade Sneak Preview: Fall 2011 posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

Our Christian friends at Creation Ministries International have graciously permitted us to reproduce an important analysis of a recent Pew survey that illuminates the need for a radical reorientation of priorities and strategy within western Christendom. The alarming statistics show, once again, a woeful lack of knowledge concerning the Christian faith within the Church.

 

ABR associate Tania Fenwick outlines the importance of the King James Bible during its 400th anniversary year, and touches upon some basic, but important, principles of New Testament textual criticism. The King James Bible has made enormous contributions to western

civilization and the church at large over the last four centuries.

 

Philosopher and theologian Dr. Greg Bahnsen deals with the erroneous notion that the secular scientist, given his non-Christian premises, has any rational basis to conduct his work. The triune God as revealed in the Bible is the only rational and philosophical basis for any and all human activity. All science, properly conceived, ought to be done in subordination to God’s revelation, having implications for all scientific enterprises, including archaeology.

 

Dr. Eugene Merrill discusses the intellectual trends that have taken place in Old Testament scholarship over the past 200 years, and their effect on western culture. Part of his purpose is to highlight archaeological discoveries that have affirmed biblical accounts and have served as a refutation of critical theories of the origin and authorship of the OT. You will find this article to be most helpful in understanding some of these issues in OT scholarship and their influence on the man on the street and in the pew.

 

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World's Oldest Christian Inscription Found In Rome posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

Officially called NCE 156, the inscription is written in Greek and is dated to the latter half of the second century, a time when the Roman Empire was at the height of its power. An inscription is an artifact containing writing that is carved on stone. The only other written Christian remains that survive from that time period are fragments of papyri that quote part of the gospels and are written in ink. Stone inscriptions are more durable than papyri and are easier to display. NCE 156 also doesn't quote the gospels directly, instead its inscription alludes to Christian beliefs.

http://www.livescience.com/16319-earliest-christian-inscription-pagan-artifacts.html

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/09/30/scitech/main20113931.shtml

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/10/03/worlds-earliest-christian-engraving-shows-surprising-pagan-elements/?test=faces


Dinesh D'Souza to Debate American Atheist President posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

The topic of the debate will be: Is Christianity Good for the World? The debate is scheduled to take place on Wednesday October 12th, 2011 at 7pm at The University of Pennsylvania's Irvine Auditorium (3401 Spruce Street Philadelphia, PA 19104).

http://www.urbanchristiannews.com/ucn/2011/07/dinesh-dsouza-to-debate-american-atheist-president.html

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