Definition of the Legal-Historical Method -- showing something is true (according to some legal standard, e.g. preponderance of the evidence, beyond a reasonable doubt, etc.) by offering available data as evidence. Three types of data are used in the courtroom: Oral Testimony includes eyewitness accounts of the event and other personal testimony bearing on the … Continue reading Resurrection: Miracle or Myth? Legal-historical method
What type of evidence should be presented or admitted? People often comment that one cannot prove biblical events scientifically. But that is not the only kind of evidence to be presented. Operational Scientific Method and Legal-historical Method. Geisler and Brooks discuss two methods of proof commonly used today to establish truth. Failure to understand the … Continue reading Resurrection: Miracle or Myth? Operational Science
What is the proper burden of proof? What should be the burden of proof when evaluating the evidence? Legal standards vary with the seriousness of the issue: preponderance of the evidence, clear and convincing evidence, beyond a reasonable doubt, or as some would like it – beyond even a shadow of a doubt. A few … Continue reading Resurrection: Miracle or Myth? The Burden of Proof
You have read the tabloid headlines . . . .Seen the books on bestseller lists . . . .Watched ‘documentary’ TV shows . . . .Enjoyed The DaVinci Code movie . . . .Listened to your pastor preach that the resurrection of Jesus is a figurative, mystical experience . . . . Issue: Did Jesus … Continue reading Resurrection– Miracle or Myth?
Resolution -- decision: a firm decision to do something; determination: firmness of mind or purpose; solution: an answer to a problem [definition from Bing Dictionary] Okay, it started out as a joke. Like many (most, all?) people, I always had trouble keeping a New Year’s Resolution. Losing weight, exercising, finishing a project, or whatever – … Continue reading The Only New Year’s Resolution I Ever Kept
Serendipity – A happy accident or surprise not searched for. Have you ever experienced what seemed to be an unfortunate event and found that God worked out the circumstances for good? In September, when I booked my flight home to Seattle, I wanted to go through Dallas to avoid potential problems with winter weather. So … Continue reading Home for the Holidays – The Journey
Javier at Tech found the problem on my computer -- the latest Windows Update I downloaded was incompatible with another program. Fortunately I didn't need that old program. Not only did he solve that problem, but he also cleaned up all the unnecessary garbage - old programs, unused toolbars, etc. I am so glad that … Continue reading Thank God for Geeks!
One of my favorite projects each year is making my own Christmas cards. Often the commercial designs do not express the message I wish to convey. So do-it-yourself works. Last year I did some original art in South American Andean style. This year I photographed a nativity set I purchased in Guatemala. This kind of project would … Continue reading Home for the Holidays – A Labor of Love
Why don’t Christians celebrate Hanukkah? I think they should. Here’s why. During the 400 “Silent Years” between the Old Testament and the New Testament, God did not send a prophet to speak to Israel, but that doesn’t mean He was absent. In the middle of the second century BC, the land was ruled by the … Continue reading Home for the Holidays – Light of the World
Did you watch the “60 Minutes” broadcast on Sunday night, November 18, 2012? In a story entitled “The Baby Lab,” correspondent Lesley Stahl stated: “It's a question people have asked for as long as there have been people: are human beings inherently good? Are we born with a sense of morality or do we arrive … Continue reading Nature or Nurture?