Second Day of 2016 PGA Tour Players Championship

Today was the second round of the PGA Tour's Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass (Stadium Course) in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, the home of the headquarters of the PGA Tour. This very full field tournament is regarded by the players and media as having the strongest field every year of any pro tournament in the world. Thus, many consider it the ad hoc fifth major. Early inclement weather today caused a temporary delay that led to the round being unfinished due to darkness. The following are … [Read more...]

“The Sons of God” in Genesis 6 Were Men, Not Angels: Part 2 of 2

There are so many compelling objections to the fallen angels interpretation of Gen 6.1-4 that I think their overwhelming sum renders this erotic view fallacious, if not absurd!First, Gen 6.2 says “the sons of God” took women “as their wives.” Wives necessarily presupposes a domestic life together; yet advocates of the fallen angels interpretation ignore this by only positing angels having sexual intercourse with women.Second, this fallen angels interpretation is a male chauvinistic view o … [Read more...]

James Hahn Wins 2016 Wells Fargo Championship

Today, 34-year old, Korean-American James Hahn won his second PGA Tour golf tournament. It was the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Country Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. He defeated Roberto Castro on the first extra hole. Hahn finds a way to make it interesting. His first PGA Tour win was last year at the Northern Trust Open at the famed Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, where he won in a three-man playoff against Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey by making a 25-foot putt on the … [Read more...]

“The Sons of God” in Genesis 6 Were Men, Not Angels: Part 1 of 2

Genesis 6.1-4 reads in the English Standard Version of the Bible:1 When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. 3 Then the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.” 4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and … [Read more...]

Review of Dr. Harvey Cox’s book, “The Future of Faith”

Harvey Cox was a professor of the history of religion and philosophy at Harvard University for forty-four years, from 1965 to his retirement in 2009. I attended his speech at Arizona State University on January 28, 2016, and afterwards met and talked with him. See my post about it the next day, on January 29, 2016, entitled “Dr. Harvey Cox: Leader of Liberal Christianity.” He spoke on “The Five Changes Happening in Religion and the World Now.” Some of it was taken from his most recent book, The F … [Read more...]

Is the Formation of Assyria Near?

Iraq is barely functioning as a state. It's parliament began and was soon canceled this week due to political upheaval. There have been large demonstrations in the streets of Bagdad, Iraq's capital. The radical jihadist organization ISIS had militarily taken over much of northern Iraq two years ago. Iraq is still trying to rebuild its previous oil-producing infrastructure that was destroyed in Iraq wars.U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden showed up Thursday to try to calm the political tensions … [Read more...]

Boehner Says Cruz Is “Lucifer in the Flesh”

U.S. Republican politician John Boehner of Ohio served as Speaker of the House of Representatives for the past five years. I like Boehner--he plays golf. He says he's a golfing buddy of Donald Trump, the virtual Republican nominee for U.S. president this year.Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas is the only candidate left in the Republican race against Donald Trump for president with any possible chance to beat him on the first ballot at the Republican convention. Ted Cruz is a strong … [Read more...]

Yom Kippur Depicts Israelites as the Scapegoat

Patheos Public Square is featuring essays on "The Sacrifice: Religions and the Role of the Scapegoat." In the history of religions, I don't think there has ever been any greater focus on sacrifice and scapegoat than what the nation of Israel did during antiquity on its most important religious holiday of the year--Yom Kippur, which means "the Day of Atonement." The seriousness of this holy day was further indicated by requiring all Israelites to fast throughout this day and confess their sins to … [Read more...]