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Where is church in the bible? March 4, 2011

Posted by Ian in Religion.
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The bible is often referred to as the “instruction manual for life” (and numerous other similar phrases) and today over lunch it occurred to me that the bible should be fairly clear about the one act that is almost definitively Christian – going to church.

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Genesis 1: What does it actually say? April 13, 2009

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Christian creationists claim that genesis trumps science for an explanation of origins.  While the general claims of genesis are well known it has been a while since I sat down and actually read the thing so today I did just that.  All of genesis 1 is repeated below along with my commentary on a verse by verse basis.  Since all the versions of the bible seem to say similar things I chose the King James Version (taken from the bible gateway here) as the version to analyse.  Some scholars say the original texts are the only relevant ones, while others say that the most recent are the closest to gods intention.  The KJV sits right in the middle and seems to be quite commonly referred to.  Not being a biblical scholar I don’t have much more basis for my choice than that but ultimately it shouldn’t make much difference – the story is pretty much the same. (more…)