Revision History -- The Christian ThinkTank (2002)


[Previous years' logs:2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996 (most of it), and 1995 (most of it).]


 

 

December 16, 2002

 

·        Added a personal letter to the Man behind the Curtains

·        Updated my prayer requests


 

December 11, 2002

 

·        Added some very short "mini-answers" to a couple of questions, in the Hall of Arguments:

1.      How did Judas die: by Hanging or by 'explosion'?

2.      Did the gospel writers make up the words of Jesus at will?

3.      Did  Ephron offer the burial plot to Abraham for free, or was it just an 'expensive' business deal?

4.      Might Cain still be alive somewhere?

5.      Wouldn't a heresy inside the Bible be a fatal flaw in the Christian system?

6.      Did women prophets have to be virgins?

7.      If God cannot look upon sin, how can the Holy Spirit be present inside the believer?

8.      Where in the Hebrew Bible does it predict a resurrection after 3 days?

9.      Does John 12.41 speak of Jesus or of God?

10.  Why does Jude quote from a non-canonical book, and we moderns not accept that book as scripture?

11.  Does the Joel quote in Acts 2 indicate astral worship by Israel?

12.  Is it mistaken to understand Pliny's reference to the Christian women as meaning 'deaconesses'?

13.  Why do the gospels disagree on the last sayings of Jesus on the Cross?

 

 

·        Added some non-apologetics questions (brief) to the Mailbag.

1.      How can I hold up under deep treachery in my work and social situation?

2.      A problem with guilt over using "secular" counselors and neuroactive medication

3.      A question about 'after-effects' after being rescued by God from demonic-oriented cults

4.        Do I have to obey my husband when he commands me to sin?

5.        A question from a teenager, being hassled for not knowing the 'lingo'…

 


December 10, 2002

 

·        Put just a couple more links in My Travelogue 

·        Added some sweet-feedback letters from the past year or so, to the Mailbag.


 

Dec 8th, 2002

 

Just added a few more quotes to some older/smaller pieces:

·        Extrabiblical References to Jesus, before 200 ad..

·        Does the Secret Gospel of Mark prove the Church suppressed/hid the truth at will?

·        Why didn't Peter eat when God commanded him to?


 

December 5, 2002

 

·        Added the next/final installment to  Did the evangelists/disciples invent the miracles stories of Jesus? in the Hall of Arguments, with the next one dealing with "does the ubiquitous gullibility of the ancient world virtually eliminate any evidential value (or even credibility) of the miracle-stories in the Gospels?" [211k]


 

November 24, 2002

 

·        Updated my prayer requests

·        Put just a couple more links in My Travelogue 


 

 

Nov 15,2002

 

·        Added a short piece on "is the tomb story flawed because the term 'rolled' is used?" (72k) in the  Hall of Arguments

 


Oct 30, 2002

 

·        Added the second part of a major (as in 'too long to read', again…sigh…516k?!) rewrite of my piece on NT pseudonymity…in the  Hall of Arguments


Oct 22, 2002

 

·        Added a not-too-terribly-long piece on Did God arbitrarily decide who to save and who to condemn?in the  Hall of Arguments

·        Updated my prayer requests

 


Oct 13, 2002

 

·        Added the first part of a major (as in 'too long to read', again…sigh…685k?!) rewrite of my piece on NT pseudonymity…in the  Hall of Arguments

·        Added a couple of  books .

·        Updated my prayer request


October 3, 2002

·        Posted an update to my article on a new "reburial" hypothesis:  "Was the burial of Jesus a temporary one, because of time constraints?" in the  Hall of Arguments.


September 28, 2002

·        Added a very long, two-part piece (fairly technical, actually) on "Do unconscious processes (automaticity) undermine the Christian faith?"  in the Hall of Arguments

·         Added a couple of light bulb jokes dealing with the most recent piece on Automaticity and Priming effects


September 2, 2002

·        Added a couple of  books .

·        Put just a couple more links in My Travelogue 


August 22, 2002

·        Added a personal update letter to the Letters from the Man behind the Curtain

·        Updated my prayer request

 


July 8th, 2002

 

I just learned that my EMAIL ME link/form has not been working for about 3-4 months! There is no telling HOW MANY of you emailed me using that form and I NEVER GOT IT! I am crushed. The Tough Question form has been working okay (I have been getting those), and the Belief Survey has been working (I have been getting those), but not the "Email ME" form…NO WONDER my email dropped by vast amounts over the past few months--maybe it wasn’t ALL due to everybody forgetting/leaving me (wounded smile…chuckle)! Sorry, Sorry, Sorry (mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa, mea muy grande grosser obese-ly culpa).

 

I just fixed it, and so it works now…if you sent something in during this time, PLEASE resend it, if appropriate.


July 5, 2002

·        Focused my prayer requests on a single, major, short-term need. I have been working only on getting this plan fleshed out since the last Tank Update.

·        Added a couple of  books .


June 19, 2002

·        Added the next installment to  Did the evangelists/disciples invent the miracles stories of Jesus? in the Hall of Arguments, with the next one dealing with "Are there any indications from EXTERNAL data that the miracle stories are authentic?"


June 7, 2002

·        Added the next installment to  Did the evangelists/disciples invent the miracles stories of Jesus? in the Hall of Arguments, with the next one dealing with "Are there any indications from internal data that the miracle stories are authentic?"


May 30, 2002

·        Added a small article on Was God so 'needy' that He had to create the universe?


May 26, 2002

·        Added a couple of  books .

·        Add a fairly long article on an (apparently?) new "reburial" hypothesis:  "Was the burial of Jesus a temporary one, because of time constraints?" in the  Hall of Arguments.


May 20, 2002

·        Added a brief question on "What would an inscription about Yahweh having a Consort prove?" in the Hall of Arguments


May 17, 2002

·        Put just a couple more links in My Travelogue 

·        Added a couple of light bulb jokes dealing with the most recent pieces in the Miracles series (on Gnostic Apocrypha writers and memory researchers)

·        Added an ethical defense for my light-bulb jokes (yes, you read it right) to the Mailbag.


 May 15, 2002

·        Added the next installment to  Did the evangelists/disciples invent the miracles stories of Jesus? in the Hall of Arguments, with the next one dealing with Later Christians obviously embellished the gospels with apocryphal stories--why would we believe the New Testament authors didn't have the same influences or 'pressures' on them?


May 6, 2002

·        Added a couple of  books .

·        Added an eighth and ninth installment to  Did the evangelists/disciples invent the miracles stories of Jesus? in the Hall of Arguments, with the ninth one dealing with Did unconscious influences on the evangelists 'make them' insert miraculous elements into non-miraculous narratives of Jesus?


April 25, 2002

·        Updated/Cleaned up my Recommended Books list


 April 16/2002

·        (Yes, I am still here…see my brief explanation letter in the Letters from the man behind the curtain.

·        Some books have straggled in over the past 6 months.

·        Added a couple of new/recent photos of my kids.

·        I did some research for a conference on Urban Ministries/Missions, on what urban life was like (in the early G-R empire), and how the early Church communicated the message and love of Jesus to those around them. Here is the syllabus (PDF format), for those interested in this (I don’t have a real 'place' to put this on the Tank yet, so the only link so far is in this What's New file): urbxctt.pdf


Feb 15, 2002

·        Added a FAQ

·        Added some sweet-feedback letters from the past year or so, to the Mailbag.

·        Put just a couple more links in My Travelogue 


Feb 10, 2002

 

·        Added an eighth installment to  Did the evangelists/disciples invent the miracles stories of Jesus? in the Hall of Arguments, dealing with Did the evangelists invent the miracle stores of Jesus to make him look like a Jewish wonder-worker, OT prophet, or messianic figure?

·        Added a tiny bit on "Gods don’t die, and since Jesus died, He simply could not have been God…" in the Trinity series.


Jan 27, 2002

·        Posted an update on the lexical materials in my piece on Isaiah 7.14 in the Fabulous Prophecies series.

·        Put a few more links in My Travelogue  (pro/con stuff on Harry Potter…sigh)


Jan 15, 2002

·        Put a few more links in My Travelogue 

·        Added a couple of light bulbs jokes dealing with the Miracles series

·        Added a long piece on "Does the submission of Jesus to the Father contradict the doctrine of the Trinity?" [301k] to the Trinity Series.


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