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Wednesday,May 24,2006

One of the best evidences against New Thought idealism - that one can manifest stuff by thinking of it - was Y2K.

The rapture, being caught up in the air: Well, air is spirit (breath). Being caught up in the air is a spiritual exaltation.

posted at 01:52:28 AM by Dr. Mark A. Foster

Sunday,May 14,2006

My views are quite latitudinarian:


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Latitudinarian was initially a pejorative term applied to a group of 17th century English theologians who believed in conforming to official Church of England practices but who felt that matters of doctrine, liturgical practice, and ecclesiastical organization were of relatively little importance. In this, they built on Richard Hooker's position, in Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity, that God cares about the moral state of the individual soul and that such things as church leadership are "things indifferent." However, they took the position far beyond Hooker's own and extended it to doctrinal matters. At the time, their position was referred to as low church (in contrast to the High church position). Later, the latitudinarian position was called Broad church.

The best example of the latitudinarian philosophy is the Cambridge Platonists.

While always officially opposed, the latitudinarian philosophy was, nevertheless, dominant in the 18th century in England. Because of the Hanoverian reluctance to act in church affairs (see, for example, George I's actions in the Bangorian Controversy) and all sides of the religious debates being balanced against one another, the dioceses became tolerant of variation in local practice. Furthermore, after George I dismissed the Convocation, there was very little internal Church power to sanction or approve. Thus, with no Archbishop of Canterbury officially announcing it, nor Lords adopting it, latitudinarianism was the operative philosophy of the English church in the 18th century. For the 18th century English church in the United States (which would become the Episcopal Church after the American Revolution), latitudinarianism was the only practical course since it was a nation with official pluralism and diversity of opinion and diffusion of clerical power.

Today, latitudinarianism must not be confused with ecumenical movements, which seek to draw all Christian churches together, rather than to de-emphasize practical doctrine. The term has taken on a more general meaning, indicating a personal philosophy which includes being widely tolerant of other views, particularly (but not necessarily) on religious matters.

posted at 10:43:49 AM by Dr. Mark A. Foster

Sunday,May 07,2006

The Sabbath was a "type" of Christ - a living prophecy of Christ acted out in the lives of the Jews.

There are many constructions of the Illuminati. What, then, are these Illuminatis? They are social constructions of fear, hatred, or both. To those who are afraid of, or who hate, the Jews, the Jews become the Illuminati. To those afraid of, or who hate, occultists, the occultists become the Illuminati. To those afraid of, or who hate, certain alleged extraterrestrials, they become the Illuminati.

None of this is to say that there are not people with nefarious objectives. Some of them may even cooperate with each other in areas where their objectives coincide. One may deny particular constructions without denying history or current events.

posted at 10:32:29 AM by Dr. Mark A. Foster

Saturday,May 06,2006

What is ethnotheology? It is the attempt to formulate theology from within an ethnic, cultural and religious identity rather than have it imposed from without. It is an emic rather than an etic activity.31 It attempts to construct a ‘local theology’. Previous terms like ‘contextual theology’ or ‘indigenous theology’ still express the idea that a theology from outside is then applied to a culture, incarnated within it, allowed to engage with it and transform it. (see Schreiter and Bevans for models.) An ethnotheology aims to do its thinking from within the culture, tradition and identity with which it operates.
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posted at 09:27:06 PM by Dr. Mark A. Foster

Friday,May 05,2006

The evidence of "things unseen" is "faith," not human rules of reason.

posted at 01:57:18 PM by Dr. Mark A. Foster

Wednesday,May 03,2006

People who, without considering the historical context, criticize Muhammad for marrying a young girl should likewise criticize Moses for the following:


Num 31:15 Moses said to them, "Have you let all the women live?

Num 31:16 Behold, these, on Balaam's advice, caused the people of Israel to act treacherously against the LORD in the incident of Peor, and so the plague came among the congregation of the LORD.

Num 31:17 Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known man by lying with him.

Num 31:18 But all the young girls who have not known man by lying with him keep alive for yourselves...."

(English Standard Version)

posted at 05:12:32 PM by Dr. Mark A. Foster

Tuesday,May 02,2006

Am I a populist or am I an elitist? No, I am neither, or, yes, I am both. I am a populist when it comes to public sociology and teaching college classes. I am an elitist with respect to Structurization Tech™. It depends entirely on the context.

posted at 09:19:15 AM by Dr. Mark A. Foster

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