The Importance of Biblical Inerrancy

Moses receives the Law from God

A Presuppositional Critique: It’s Inseparability from Faith
By: Jay

I shouldn’t have to go to my local church [!] and end up having to defend the accuracy and authenticity of the Biblical texts.  Unfortunately, this happened more than once.  In a casual conversation one Sunday with someone I assumed was a kindred spirit, a heated discussion erupted over the reliability of the biblical texts.  This prompted me to post some thoughts that hopefully illustrate the central importance of maintaining and defending, not just the accuracy and inerrancy of the texts, but also of the patristic and Traditional understanding of the texts as inerrant and historically reliable. 

This is not a strict “scientific” treatment.  This defense is more practical, patristic and presuppositional in nature.  So please, no comments about an “unscientific” approach.  I am familiar with different codices and their histories.  That is the subject of another blog post or a whole series.  And, on top of that, please, no comments about “fundamentalism.”  I know firsthand what fundamentalism is (having been raised a Baptist “fundamentalist”), and I’ve read liberal higher critics.  I’ve also read the Church Fathers, and conservative biblical scholars. I hope to show a couple presuppositional flaws that are apparent in the higher critical approaches, that it’s completely foreign to Tradition, and that the patristic tradition is unequivocally clear concerning inerrancy.

The first error made by my friend in conversation Sunday was the same error made by virtually all higher critics:  because there are similarities in pagan texts and rituals in comparison with Christianity, the various biblical authors must have borrowed from these pagan sources.  So, for example, the Gilgamesh Epic has a flood myth.  Other pagan narratives have a first man or woman, so, the argument runs, the biblical account must have been borrowed and redacted these Ancient Near Eastern traditions.  Note first of all that this rests on an obvious assumption—that the biblical authors borrowed from their pagan neighbors.  Why not the other way?  What if the devil inspired his minions to borrow from the true account and obscure it.  “Absurd,” you say—”unscholarly and unscientific.”  Beware, lest you come to find the hard way that “there is no wisdom or counsel against the Lord” (Prov. 21:30), and that “He overthrows the words of the faithless” (Prov. 22:12). Continue reading

Maximus, Sartre, and the Dialectic of Time-existence

Jay

Sartre explained that the average man hides behind masks and sustains himself on a kind of false existence of wearing masks and role-playing. Nietzsche said much the same of the masses. It is hard to deny this to be the case. The ancient pre-socratic philosophers alternated within this same dialectic, too, with Heraclitus claiming all reality was constant flux and Parmenides rebutting that all reality was actually permanence. These are two sides of the same dialectic found in post-lapsarian time-existence.

What occurred to me was that these pre-Socratics were looking for an ultimate impersonal ontological grounding, while the modern existential philosophers were concerned with this issue anthropologically and socially. When one thinks of Sartre’s man who steps forward to dispell the viscous, as he calls it, and begins to be being-for-itself, one of his characters ends in suicide.  The ultimate act of chaos, change, and rejection of the permanent.  Someone like the rock star comes to mind.  (But isn’t this just a role as well? Yes, it is.)  On the other hand, you have the masses, dumbed down as obeisant sheep who follow blindly whatever Übermensch comes along.  In other words, same dialectic protracted through the history of philosophy. Continue reading

Recommended Articles

This week I read some really good articles I want to pass on.

“Temple of Man: Freemasonry, Civil Religion and Education” by: Terry Melanson

“The Church Impotent: The Feminization of Christianity” by: Leon J. Podles

Lost Ends Up Lost in Syncretistic Gnosis

By: Jay

The “television event of the decade” ended with what is, in my opinion, the cheesiest and empty theme it could have possibly had.  As it turns out, as many had speculated, the entire storyline was Jack’s (and the other Oceanic passengers) afterlife – or the season 6 alternate reality…? Either way I was disillusioned.  This was all fine and good.  We were led about with notions of alternate realities, time travel, other worlds, and so on.  All of this was also interesting and even within the realm of possibility.  However, what isn’t within in the realm of possibility is the overall message of Lost – all paths lead to “God.”

I noticed back when we were in season 2 or 3 we were dealing with some esoteric notions that were likely of a occultic and gnostic  flavor, and with mainstream Hollywood and TV, this is nothing suprising. We are bombarded with this on a daily basis, as we are being indoctrinated via pop culture into any and every religion other than what is actually biblical.      Continue reading

Mass Brainwashing, It’s Technique and Process

By: Jay

If you’ve ever seen the clips of Hitler rallies, one cannot deny that the mass demonstrations are certainly moving. I’m not saying moving in a good way: rather, the pageantry and ritual enchants the attendee, sweeping him up into a frenzy, where emotions and primal drives hold sway. It’s not unlike the shaman and his tribe, who work themselves into a corybantic trance state, where anything the “shaman” says then becomes law. Is this pagan analysis too arcane and superstitious? Absolutely not. Psychologists, sociologists, intelligence agents and even advertising students know that public immersion in image, sound and mass group-mind rituals profoundly influence people–this is essentially what liturgy’s purpose is.

We witness this with huge crowds of Obamanaics, who cheered, chanting “Yes we can!” On the most basic level, this makes absolutely no sense. Yet Obama is a total tool of intenational bankers and has continued the same major policies of George W. Bush. Continue reading

Response to Turretinfan on the Crucifixion

Part 7 from our old interaction

By: Jay
Turretinfan responded to the accusation that the strict legal imputation view must necessitate a damning, forsaking, cutting-off, or separation (choose whichever term you wish) of the Son from the Father. He writes:
“The Father that spared not his own Son but delivered him up for us all, shall also freely give us all things (Romans 8:32). This was no pagan sacrifice, but a fulfilment of the pious type (“type” in the sense of “shadow”) that Abraham provided by offering up Isaac his son (Hebrews 11:17-19). Jesus was stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted (Isaiah 53:4) and it pleased the LORD to bruise him, to put him to grief, and to make him an offering for sin (Isaiah 53:10). Nevertheless, God did not utterly forsake him, but raised him up on the third day when the work to obtain our justification was complete (Romans 4:25).”

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Lenin’s False Flag Terrorism and Philosophy Echo Hitler & US

By: Jay

I was awestruck while reading a biography on V.I. Lenin recently.  The strange synchronicities concern his creation of a massively extended police state-the “Cheka,” compared with the actions of Hitler and our modern U.S. are prodigious, to say the least.  One might be tempted to think that, since Lenin was a Communist and of Jewish origin, there would be no similarity between his philosophy and Hitler’s.  However, the facts speak otherwise.  Hitler was a  racist and an occultist to be sure, but it is not often mentioned that Lenin was, as well.  The explanation for this is that the real power behind these statist regimes in the false dialectic of communist and fascist is the banking power.

Despite his appearance of being a sophisticated, modern atheist, Vladimir Lenin appears to have had an affinity for the Satanic (as did Marx). According to researcher Juri Lina and the Modern History Project, was inducted into the Masonic Lodge of the Nine Sisters.  Lenin’s philosophy was, in fact, highly racial: a key point missed and ignored by many researchers.  In fact, Lenin, like many of the elites (such as Hitler), was obsessed with bloodlines and racial purity.  Lenin Biographer Dmitri Volkogonov writes:

“Paradoxically, for a Marxist who believed in the primacy of the environmental over inherited factors, she [Lenin's sister] also asserted the dubious proposition that Lenin’s Jewish origins are further confirmation of the exceptional abilities of the Semitic tribe, [confirmation] always shared by [Vladimir] Ilyich Lenin…Lenin always valued Jews highly.’  Anna’s claim explains, for instance, why Lenin frequently recommended giving foreigners, especially Jews, intellectually demanding tasks, and leaving the elementary work to the ‘Russian fools.’ [Anna continuing] ‘…in the Lenin Institute, as well as in the Institute of the Brain…they have long recognized the great gifts of this [Jewish] nation and the extremely beneficial effects of its blood on the progeny of mixed marriages.  Ilyich himself rated their revolutionary qualities highly, their ‘tenacity’ in the struggle, as he put it, contrasting it with the more sluggish and unstable character of the Russians.  He often pointed out that the great attributes of organization and the strength of the revolutionary bodies in the south and west of Russia arose precisely from the fact that 50% of their members were of that nationality.”[i]           Continue reading

St. Augustine on Incubi, Succubi, and the Nephilim

By: Jay

I wrote an old artilce on Sacred Tradition and the Book of Enoch, and it’s always interesting to see what St. Augustine said on a subject. In his masterful City of God he speaks of the issue of incubi, succubi and the Nephilim.  He was, of course, the first father to rigorously oppose the idea of the “giants” in Genesis 6 as being the offspring of women and fallen angels, causing it to fall into ill favor until the Middle Ages.  Instead, following the lead of a minority of earlier fathers, he argued instead that the Nephilim were the godly line of Seth which had apostatized by inter-marrying with the ungodly line of Cain, wit the enduying moral disintegration bringing God’s wrath in the flood. 

It was 10 years ago when I read the City of God, so I didn’t recall this, but oddly, St. Augustine makes the same argument I made for Sacred Tradition in my article mentioned above on Jude and the Book of Enoch, although, of course, he views the texts status as apocryphal.  Oddly, on another note, while admitting the existence of incubi and succubi, fauns and satyrs, he will not admit that the angels could have mated.  However, while there are difficulties as to how an angel could produce offspring considering that the angelic nature is different from human nature, Nicholas Remy, the famed late medieval Inquisitor and statesman discusses this at length in the first 20 pages or so of his classic update of the Malleus Maleficarum, titled, “Demonolatry: the Historical Practice of Witchcraft” which has now been reprinted and become available from Dover Books for those interested.  Remy agrees with St. Augustine that they cannot actually produce offspring, but the text contains lengthy footnotes by certain Domincans of his era that argued in favor of the angelic offspring which are enlightening. Continue reading

Problems in Thomistic Epistemology

By: Jay

Plato, Philo, Plotinus, Dionysius, Augustine, Basil, John of Damascus, Maximus the Confessor, Isaac the Syrian, John Scotus, Thomas Aquinas, Bonaventure and many others all profess a doctrine of divine exemplarism.  This is Plato’s forms or universals or logoi as located in the divine mind or essence (depending on whether it’s Eastern or Western). The problem will be, however, whether this can work as an epistemic foundation in Thomism.

It should go without saying that both Aristotle and Aquinas’ epistemology is basically an empirical method. A certain Thomist fussed to me about this, since “epistemology” and “empiricism” are anachronisms. As if we cannot use modern terms that accurately describe an ancient belief or system.  No one says we cannot say “Post-Apostolic theology” because that term wasn’t used in the Post-Apostolic era.  But it’s quite simple to show Aristotle and Thomas’ method is empirical. 

Aristotle says in De Anima 12:8:

“Since according to common agreement there is nothing outside and separate in existence from sensible spatial magnitudes, the objects of thought are in the sensible forms, viz. both the abstract objects and all the states and affections of sensible things. Hence (1) no one can learn or understand anything in the absence of sense, and (when the mind is actively aware of anything it is necessarily aware of it along with an image; for images are like sensuous contents except in that they contain no matter.

Aquinas writes in De Veritate, Article III:

“19. Nothing is in the intellect that was not previously in sense. But in God there is no sensitive cognition, because this is material. Therefore, He does not know created things, since they were not previously in His sense. Continue reading