June 29, 2021

In my previous paper: Moses’ “Store-City” Pithom & Archaeology, I dealt with five ways that the biblical mention of Pithom (built or fortified by Hebrew slaves) was historically accurate, as verified by archaeology. Now I will verify that straw was a crucial component in the making of mud bricks in ancient (13th century BC) Egypt, precisely as the Bible indicates: Exodus 5:6-8 (RSV) The same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters of the people and their foremen, [7] “You shall no longer give the… Read more

June 29, 2021

Exodus 1:11 (RSV) Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with heavy burdens; and they built for Pharaoh store-cities, Pithom and Ra-am’ses. As I noted in my previous related paper, “City of the Exodus (Pi-Ramesses), Bible, & Archaeology” (6-28-21), the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II  was 1279–1213 BC. Various historiographical, linguistic, and archaeological evidences indicate that Pi-Ramesses was built during his reign. Therefore, if the Bible is to be shown to be accurate with regard to Pithom, it would have… Read more

June 28, 2021

Genesis 47:11 (RSV) Then Joseph settled his father and his brothers, and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Ram’eses, as Pharaoh had commanded. Exodus 1:11 Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with heavy burdens; and they built for Pharaoh store-cities, Pithom and Ra-am’ses. Exodus 12:37 And the people of Israel journeyed from Ram’eses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides women and children. [regarding this number, see my… Read more

June 26, 2021

This despairing cry from an anonymous Catholic seminarian was posted at the radical Catholic reactionary site One Peter Five under the title, “Seminarian: ‘Is There Any Reason Why I Should Remain Catholic?’ ” (5-18-21). I will reproduce all of the article (in blue) and make replies. ***** I’m finishing up my theology studies and planning to leave the seminary. I know I shouldn’t go into public ministry. If he knows that, then he certainly shouldn’t. One must be sure of… Read more

June 25, 2021

This is a continuation of the exchange documented in my post, Problem of Evil & of Good: Great Dialogue w Agnostic (6-17-21). The words of “axelbeingcivil” (from my combox) will be in blue. ***** Alright, here we go! This is gonna take some time and effort… I don’t want to turn this into a mega-quote-fest, so I’m going to try and break this down into several broad categories of response. There’s multiple threads to this discussion now and they all deserve a… Read more

June 23, 2021

From my volume above (see book and purchase information), pp. 144-148. Bible verses KJV. ***** Descent of the Holy Spirit Upon Persons 89-1. Does God the Father send  the Holy Spirit? Luke 11:13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? 89-2. Does the Holy Spirit provide Christians with power? Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after… Read more

June 22, 2021

My frequent sparring partner, atheist anti-theist Jonathan MS Pearce (from A Tippling Philosopher) wrote a glowing article, praising the late Fr. Raymond Brown to the skies (“Exodus Sidebar: Jesus As the New Moses, Myth upon Myth”: 6-22-21). The irony, comedy, and absurdities therein were simply too much for me to possibly resist, so here was my reply, in his combox: ***** So a Catholic exegete is “masterful” and “great” and writes “superb” books and is sufficiently qualified for you to… Read more

June 21, 2021

Mike Johnson is a Facebook friend. This time my words will be in blue (because they are a lot fewer than his). This exchange occurred on my Facebook page. ***** There are three types of people who are pro gun control: * A: They are simply very uninformed, not very curious and very easily led. These people are not bad, just too trusting. This is the majority of the anti-gun people. B: People who use the topic as a way… Read more

June 19, 2021

[compiled from seven Facebook posts: dated 2016-2019] ***** Thought Police and Shutting-Up of All Legitimate Dissent is Now Standard Practice Online (Even for Christians) (6-4-16) Now it’s very common to demonize and savage someone, simply because they dared to express a different opinion. We talk about the thought police and PC and censorship. * But on so many (most?) Christian (including Catholic) sites online, where any significant discussion takes place, the game seems to be to make any person who disagrees… Read more

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