Polemical Ponzi Scheme

You’re putting your money in a certain fund believing it is being wisely invested, only to find out you have been taken.  The managers were not acting in good faith.

It is likewise often the case in the theistic debates.   Going in toe to toe both parties supposedly respecting reason as chief rule of the debate, but eventually the curtain unveils the Ponzi-like wizard-of-Oz dangling there with his pre-commitment to a naturalist worldview in full view.   Having an a priori commitment that transcended reason itself, they cloaked the approach to the debate as a quest of reason.

Only answer – each party address a priori commitments and get on with the debate at that point.  In other words let him know you’re not going to invest in his Ponzi scheme.   We’re going to lay all the cash out on the table and see which currency has a better return in the marketplace of ideas.

In a universe of non-neutrality, it’s good to know who you’re up against.

Logos-currency spends quite well.  Better than matter in motion banging around trying to come up with meaning, purpose, morality, etc.

“…taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”


The Logos-phere We Live In

Like it or not (and our culture obviously doesn’t) we live in a Logosphere of revelation – the thought of God projected in and through Jesus Christ.   He is the reference point of the grand narrative of things, and writing His name on a card and then stomping on it as if to throw a huge temper fit, is not only childish, but irony on the grandest scale.

After all, my dying culture, what are we so afraid of?   

Deandre what’s-his-name?   He’s got your name too.  Your effort at a collective temper fit won’t change a thing.  Long, long after you are gone, untold numbers in heaven and earth will be bowing to the name of Jesus.  

Sorry bud.   

And again, I wonder about all the students who did comply to this idiot’s public whimpering.   

At the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow…” Phillippians 2:10

Hitchens Dodging His Homework – Once Again

Watching a Christopher Hitchens (deceased December 15, 2011) debate is like watching a master manipulator, or like a guy whose bets are on the side of collective ignorance.

As Scott Berkun observes:

…proficiency in argument can easily be used to overpower others, even when you are dead wrong. If you learn a few tricks of logic and debate, you can refute the obvious, and defend the ridiculous. If the people you’re arguing with aren’t as comfortable in the tactics of argument, or aren’t as arrogant  [or informed] as you are, they may even give in and agree with you.

And we might add that if your audience is not versed in the extant data relative to the argument, like the progressive nature of the Biblical narrative, you might appear to win the debate.   

At least the debate of popular opinion.    

But the irony strikes me as this: While the theist must (and is expected to) do their homework in many disciplines like philosophy, physics (quantum, meta and classic), history, biology, etc, the atheistic can usually get off the hook with only a casting glance at the narrative of Scripture.  If he but quotes a few verses or makes reference to just a few aspects of religious history or philosophy, he is regarded as astute and the presentation of his data pertinent and persuasive.

That’s because he’s got a huge advantage – the relative ignorance of Scripture with the masses, both Christian and non-Christian.  It’s the day we live in.

One example is Hitchen’s oft-repeated “man’s been around 100,000-250,00 years-then-finally-God-acted” argument, with the obvious conclusion being that God just didn’t give a damn about all the people who died and went to hell prior to the incarnation of Jesus.  How could you believe in such a God? Hitchens affirms.

It is very much akin to the familiar “what about those who have not heard?” argument so often employed to discredit the Bible, the nature of the Atonement and of Christ Himself.

While the believer must be pretty darn acquainted with everything from astronomy to quantum physics, why hasn’t (or rather wasnt) Hitchens forced repeatedly to deal with verses like Romans 3:25; Hebrews 9:15; Hebrews 9:25, etc.?

These verses do say something, (the retroactive as well as present and future nature of the Atonement) and they need to be introduced into the debate even though they are admittedly in-house arguments, but then so are things like m-theory, multiverse, etc, and whatever the current argument is to sidestep the ramifications that nothing still comes out of nothing if left of itself.

C’mon believing community.  It is just, right and beautiful to be aware of depth of the content of the Logosphere, the universe in which Jesus reigns – our universe and the words of Christocentric revelation.  Then this material must be introduced into the debate. 

From this I personally will never back down.  

Our Logos-Dimensional Universe

Living in a three dimensional universe, (or four-dimensional if you consider spacetime), something transfixing occurred at what the Bible calls, “the fullness of time.”  Galatians 4:4.

Jesus stepped in and defined all things according to Himself.  

The “fullness of time” concept is then used by the Apostle Paul (Ephesians 1:10) to describe that point in time when all things in reality are to be concluded, again according to and in reference to Jesus, the eternal “I Am” of all things definable and indefinable.

Thus He Himself assumes the term “Alpha and Omega“, (Revelation 1:8 cf. 22:13).  Prior to this point in redemptive history, that designation was reserved for God (Jehovah) alone, (Isaiah 41:4).  

In Jesus we have progress as well as the center point and hub of the human experience.  In Him is the beginning and end of all things and the nucleus of definition, an eternal reference point.  

That’s why He called Himself “Cornerstone” (Luke 20:17) and was referred to as such by Peter (Acts 4:11) and  by Paul (Ephesians 2:20).    

In the ancient world, cornerstones were employed in constructing a building according to the designs of the architect.  From the cornerstone, everything else in the structure took its place and position.  

So Jesus stepped from eternity into human existence, and provided the three dimensional world a reference point for building and for understanding the cosmos – Himself.    He was in fact, both architect and builder.

Post-modern culture has its cornerstone – whatever the media defines as relevant and trendy.  Science has its cornerstone – human reason.   The Christian has his cornerstone – Jesus Christ.

But in “the fullness of time“, the curtains of cosmic consciousness will be pulled back unveiling this eternal reality: there can only be one center, one hub, one defining point.

At that sacred place is Jesus Christ.   He alone defines that and everything else.

“…the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Our Unselfconscious Addiction to Dispensationalism

Dispensationalism, with it’s complex premillinarian designs, it’s hankering for revivalism, sensationalism, and ridiculous charts is a hugely dangerous distraction for the Christian community. Primarily because it is so accepted as truth, it is typically not even considered among believers. 

It is just adopted. Simply raise one legitimate question about the theological (not political) viability of present day Israel and you’ll know whereof I speak. 

Even the smartest simply take it as “gospel”. In fact it takes more mental effort to disengage from it than it does to discover and adhere to it.

Like a fly you keep swatting that never seems to die, it shows up everywhere. Few actually realize that it is in fact a recent, modern day novelty developed in the mid 1800s. Yet it has affected almost everything Christians have to say. And if you differ from their millenarian conclusions you are immediately held suspect in the court of their minds, if not judged, sentenced and dismissed altogether.

Even if one does not subscribe consciously to the distinct tenets of Dispensationalism, it’s end-time scenarios still plague the minds and shape the thinking of the major slice of the professing believer pie.

The scourge of this distraction has caused the focus of otherwise serious, sober-minded believers to veer off course from Jesus to modern-day Israel, (please do not misunderstand – I support the great nation of Israel politically. I just believe that the eschatological schemes that have been presented by Dispensationalism are at best dubious. It’s a hermeneutical thing) left-over Hal Lindsey-ism and the sensational news stories of the day.

Yet one more fatal symptom of the bigger issue of the heart – distractionism and leaving the centrality of Christ for a cheap substitute. 


Jesus – Historical Revisionist or Lord of the Narrative?

In Philippians, chapter 2, Paul weaves together a crucial piece of the eternal meta-narrative with threads of the divine and human.

“…though he was in the form of God…and being found in human form…” (Philippians 2:6-8).

Christ stepped into the narrative of man, and re-wrote it according to logos, for to Him it was but self-expression.

Since Him, everything has changed. He lived a significance of vast, eternal dimension. In fact in Him, all becomes “meta-dimensional” and explodes into mystery – at some inevitable point.

Amazingly (but understandably) He measured everything according to Himself. Everything was determined, measured from “the cornerstone”, (Matthew 12:10, cf Ephesians 2:20).

He was the baseline of meaning.

All things have a logos-relative depth of meaning. Question is, do we perceive it?

If so, that’s what constitutes our vision. If not, we’re still just dealing with “stuff” – His stuff. And it can be dangerous to detach theory from reality, so there is need for caution. Because it is chained to and has one foot in transcendence, mere spiritual knowledge “puffs up.”

Vision causes the heavens to explode. Not to mention our Bibles. Continue reading