Saturday, 30 June 2018

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Life is like a puzzle. Although one may think that the available pieces make sense, there may be other pieces which change all of that! This is the purpose of this blog: to provide information and interpretations on a wide range of issues, enabling readers to make sense of our world (and even their own lives) in an honest, coherent and sophisticated manner. "S/he who seeks will find!" The essays (some written in Afrikaans) were written by the scientist, philosopher and author Dr Willie Mc Loud (PhD in Physics, MA in Philosophy, MBL) [1] (and other authors) with the general reader in mind and engage with all sorts of interesting (and difficult) topics regarding science, philosophy, religion, the ancient Middle Eastern world, archaeology, eschatology, current events and other topics, bringing it all together in one coherent worldview. The essays argue for a balanced Christian worldview - between the extremes of secular Christianity and simplistic interpretations - providing a fresh and original perspective that is not a mere repetition or rehearsal of the usual views.

The blog is dedicated to all those people who are willing to read with an open mind and to carefully consider all the various nuanced aspects of the issues at hand. All those who identify themselves with the doubting Thomas may find in the pages of this blog the answers to the questions with which they are struggling. Many of the essays are written especially with you in mind. There is, however, one challenge: in our fast-moving world, one would have to make time to read the essays. And that may require some real effort and commitment - but is there anything of real value in life which is obtained without some effort? 

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A Thinking Girl - Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot  (1796-1875)

When we really listen to each other, we may find true answers in real conversation. At the same time, the essays provide tools, knowledge, and information to engage with others in everyday conversations about their faith. Take time and work through the topics which interest you and you may find the journey truly rewarding.

To facilitate the reader's access to these essays, the most important ones (all with links to the essays) are listed below according to the topic they belong to. Essays which are "highly recommended" are marked with an asterisk. Readers are welcome to use the information, share or forward the essays and make use of them as they see fit [2]. 

1. Kant, Noumena and Quantum Physics

Kant, Noumena and Quantum Physics
Published in Contemporary Studies in Kantian Philosophy 3 (2018) (94 pages)

2. Science, Philosophy, and God

Part 5. In defence of the soul
Part 6: Science and Atheism (*)
Part 7: Science and spiritual intuition
Part 8: The Christian and Evolution (*)

A critique of archaeology as a science
An archaeological perspective on the Bible
A critique of Biblical Criticism as a scholarly discipline (*)
A hermeneutical perspective on the Bible
Is the spirit world more than an idea?

3. Can we still believe the Bible? (*)

Part 1. Can we still believe the Bible? A hermeneutical perspective (*)
Part 2. Can we still believe the Bible? An archaeological perspective (*)
Part 3. Can we still believe the Bible? A scientific perspective (*)
Part 4. Can we still believe the Bible? A prophetic perspective (*)
Part 5. Can we still believe the Bible? An ancient world perspective (*)
           (The Sumerian Hypothesis: Abraham holds the key)

4. Origins in the Book of Genesis

5. Eschatology

7. Spiritual/geestelik

Meeting God
The Power of God
Wrong choices
Something or Someone is missing? (Dr. Francois Carr)
Revival is of the Lord (Arjan Baan)
A message for the church
God hoor
Die profeet
Om God te glo

8. Dialogistics/Apologetics

Towards a new dialogistic approach
Science and Atheism
Engaging with atheists and agnostics
Biblical inspiration: in a postmodern world
Faith and reason: finding the balance
The importance of the Septuagint in Biblical studies
On Christian morality
Nietzsche and the use and abuse of Darwin for life (Dr Louise Mabille)
Darwin's Doubt (book review)
The God Impulse (book review)

9. Current events

Brexit: What to expect
A New Iranian Empire is rising
The European Union: forever rising
The pursuit of geopolitical power in an emerging multi-polar world
Predicting a war against Iran? - an inquiry into war and peace cycles
Is a Third World War brewing?

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[1] Books by Dr. Willie Mc Loud (PhD in Physics, MA in Philosophy, MBL):

Akteurs in die Laaste Drama, 'n studie van Openbaring 13 en 17 (1989)
Alles omtrent die "New Age" (1990)
Op pad na Armageddon, 31 bepeinsings oor Openbaring en ander Bybelprofesieë (1995)
Alles omtrent die opkomende Antichristelike orde (2000)
Die Arabiese Opstande (Griffel Media, 2011)
Op soek na Abraham en sy God (Griffel Media, 2012)

[2] Due recognition is required according to accepted copyright practice. Since all the essays include a reference to the author, they may be freely shared, distributed and circulated.

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