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Revision and Dispute
All historical argumentation is probabilistic. This is also to say
that any and all historical hypotheses are subject to revision or dispute.
Hypotheses subject to revision are hypotheses whose probability sufficiently
approaches 1.0 that we can treat them ...
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How to Date a Biblical Text
Yes. "How to date a biblical text" sounds like the title of a bad romcom or whatever. Get over it, people. But seriously, I want to propose three basic means by which to date a biblical text. I will note that these were developed particular to the concerns ...
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Acts 12 or 15?
No doubt, the single most pivotal question for establishing a Christian chronology of the 30s and 40s is whether Paul's second journey to Jerusalem reported in Gal. 2:1-10 refers to the journey narrated in Acts 11/12 (usually abbreviated simply to "Acts 12"...
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The Date of the Crucifixion
As long-time readers of this blog will know, I am mildly obsessed with the question of chronology, that being a mildly huge understatement. For more than a year now, the process of interviewing for, being hired at, and moving to the Lonergan Research Instit...
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It's Inference, People
A few weeks ago, a friend of mine who was staying in Toronto for a bit came to visit me at the Lonergan Research Institute. Around 11 am, he texted me to say that he was at Bay and Bloor. I immediately apprehended three things. One, he had taken the subway ...
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RIP Sean McEvenue
Hello, all. The Lonergan Research Institute today received news that Prof. Sean McEvenue, emeritus at Concordia University (Montreal), has passed away. Prof. McEvenue worked in the area of Lonergan and scripture, and his contributions in regard specifically...
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Why Hypocrisy Matters
It's become a veritable international past time to point out the manifest contradictions in the political positions adopted by other groups. One of my favourites consists of people who loudly proclaim that since the unborn are human beings we must take step...
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Romans 13, Again
Every fall, graduate students who work in Lonergan studies gather at Marquette University for a conference named Lonergan on the Edge. This year, the graduate students have chosen as their theme " The Problem of Liberation ." This is, I think, very timely, ...
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Jesus the Sinner: On the Theology of Jeff Sessions
Jesus is a sinner. Such, at least is the position of US Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Consider. Mr. Sessions holds that Romans 13:1-2 necessitates unqualified obedience to governing authorities. And with this we can agree: a prima facie reading of these p...
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We're all sick
Speaking about the development of values in the early modern period, Erich Fromm in  Escape from Freedom  writes that "The individualistic relationship to God was the psychological preparation for the individualistic character of man's secular activities." ...
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