I finished the course Introduction to Hermeneutics from the Koinonia Institute not long ago, and thought a review was in order.

The study materials used were the video briefing pack from Chuck Missler called Hermeneutics 101.

You can read all of my course reviews here.

Let’s get started….

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Welcome to another Research Journal update, where I provide information about my life, about my writing projects, and about my unschooled Master of Theology Program (uThM) and life at Eden.

Well, I guess we should get started….

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What a strange and peculiar little book this was, Lolita. What was the author’s intention in writing it, I wonder? Was he plagued by some grotesque infatuation with prepubescent children? It’s the first thought springing to mind. Why else would you write such a tale other than to wrestle with your own demons?

Was it something else he had in mind?

I don’t even remember when I discovered this book, I don’t think it was very long after that I put it on my list and then subsequently picked it up and started reading.

(You can read all of my book reviews here.)

So, lets talk a little about this strange fascination the world has with perversion and the destruction of innocence, and why this book became such a success.….

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What really happens when we die? Do we take an express elevator to heaven or hell, whichever we deserve, as some claim? Or, do we just drift off into a blissful, seemingly never-ending sleep, until we’re awakened again at the resurrection and have to give account for all we’ve said and done?

It’s a peculiar question, fraught with and mired down by a lot of deeply entrenched tradition, hazy folk theology, and creatively interpretative biblical gymnastics.

But, it’s a topic I really wanted to take on when the professor of my Death Course at Yale brought it up in one of his lectures.

So, I made it the subject of one of my papers I wrote for my Unschooled Master of Theology Program (uThM), and I’m kind of surprised with the conclusions I’ve reached.

(You can read all of my assignments and see the coursework I’m undertaking for my uThM program here.)

So, let’s try to answer the question: Is there validity to the concept of soul sleep?

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What is the purpose of the tiny letter at the end of the bible written by some fella named Jude (actually, Judas)? What point was he trying to make? What was he getting at with all of these Old Testament and extra biblical examples?

Was he right or could he possibly have been mistaken?

In this paper I wrote for my Unschooled Master of Theology Program (uThM), I attempt to uncover the answers to these questions and discover what in the world Jude was getting at.

(You can find out more about my uThM program by clicking here and read all of my assignments and see the coursework I’m undertaking here.)

So, let’s get started….

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Is it possible that Western Culture is doomed? Are we on a downward trajectory that ends with America being wiped off the map? Nuclear war, maybe? Economic collapse? Something worse?

Don’t believe it can happen? Ask the people who used to live in the Soviet Union. Ask a Roman….if you can find one…..

Societies fall all the time. In fact it seems almost inevitable. The Pandya dynasty in India lasted over 2000 years, but it ended. The Roman Empire lasted nearly 1500 years before it bit the dust. Assyrians, 1000 years.

There is a list as long as my arm of empires that lasted well over 400 years, all now gone.

The United States? How long have we lasted?

243 years.

Yesterday, I stumbled onto a website by a PhD candidate doing research in sociology. He reviewed the work of an anthropologist from the 1940’s and came away with an interesting question – about America. Ready for the bad news?

Let’s get started….

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Did Jesus come back to life, soul, spirit, and body? Or, did he just manifest himself to the disciples as an ethereal spirit, a kind of ghostly apparition that could walk through walls and vanish into thin air – you know, all the things any self-respecting ghost could do?

It’s a question that has occupied many a theologian and not a few philosophers over the course of human history, and it’s something I tackled in this paper I wrote for my Unschooled Master of Theology Program (uThM), and I discovered the bible actually has quite a lot to say about it.

(You can read all of my assignments and see the coursework I’m undertaking for my uThM program here.)

So, get ready to have your mind blown as we answer the question:

Is the Bodily Resurrection a viable philosophical proposition?

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I started watching Life Below Zero a few years back, then lost interest for some reason. Not exactly sure why.

But, when I caught Glenn Villeneuve on the Joe Rogan Podcast the other day it peaked my interest again. I’m glad it did. Needless to say, I’ve been binge watching episodes for the last week.

(You can read all of my TV Show reviews here.)

So, let’s dig in. There’s a lot to cover with this series….

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What will it be like when the Lord Returns? Most would say he’s never coming back. It’s just a myth, a pipe dream that some cling to out of fear or for some other irrational reason.

But, I think he will return, and when we least expect it.

In this paper I wrote for my Unschooled Master of Theology Program (uThM), I put forward a narrative that describes a possible personal experience of what it might be like when the King returns.

(You can find out more about my uThM program by clicking here and read all of my assignments and see the coursework I’m undertaking here.)

So, get ready for a life altering event. It’s one, I believe we will all one day experience.

Here’s where my story begins….

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As I take the first step down this road of mine, I ponder the possibilities of what the Eden Property will bring. Will I succeed in this endeavor? Will I fail, instead? As a part of my Unschooled Master of Theology Program and my vocational testing, I have chosen to write a preliminary Rule of Life.

Here it is….

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Does the soul exist? If it even does, what is it exactly? Is it part of our bodies? Somehow separate from them? When we die, does our soul die with our bodies or does it continue on? Can we know anything about the soul?

In this paper I wrote for my Unschooled Master of Theology Program (uThM), I wrestled with these and other questions about the existence of the soul and came to some interesting conclusions.

(You can find out more about my uThM program by clicking here as well as read all of my assignments and see the coursework I’m undertaking here.)

So, dust off all those old presuppositions and blind beliefs you’ve been carrying around with you, and let’s dig into the question:

Do you have a soul?

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I don’t actually remember when this show started nor do I remember starting to watch it. It just feels like it’s always been there on Sunday nights (at least something’s actually on that’s worth watching).

Yet, now it’s over. And, with a pretty crappy ending, I might add. But, I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s step back a bit.

(You can read all of my TV Show reviews here.)

Here’s to the good times, right?

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