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  • Quartz Hill School of Theology
    Reserved Unless otherwise indicated all Scriptures taken from the HOLY BIBLE NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION Copyright 1973 1978 1984 International Bible Society Used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers The Current Issue of Quartz Hill Journal of Theology is available Here It is a quarterly journal of Bible and contemporary theological thought Volume 1 Number 1 Notes on the Separation of Church and State Silence Window Pains Volume 1 Number 2 The Trinity Notes on the King James Translation and the So called Textus Receptus The Thematic Arrangement of Biblical Texts Volume 2 Number 1 Notes on Genesis All People are Immoral But Some People are More Immoral Than Others Lessons Learned Volume 2 Number 2 Is Barefoot and Pregnant God s Plan for Women Commitment The C Word Notes on the Founding Fathers and the Separation of Church and State Little Green Men Volume 3 Number 1 The Crucifixion of Jesus and the Temple Scroll New Wine and Old Christianity and Traditional Judaism Leadership Servanthood and Submission Interview With Philip Rice An Antelope Valley Pastor With the World Wide Church of God The End of the World God Intended it For Good The Message of Hebrew Wisdom Literature Prophets Making

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  • Quartz Hill School of Theology
    not then I have to give credence to the possibility that had I chosen to accept a full time position teaching at a different college than the one I chose my life would have been better that the outcome in that alternate reality would have been happier for both me and the world Frankly I cannot accept that otherwise God is evil because the more painful the more vile of the alternatives became reality I don t think that s reasonable I don t think it is consistent with who God is If passages like Proverbs 3 5 6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight and Proverbs 16 9 In his heart a man plans his course but the LORD determines his steps have any meaning at all then I must believe that this is the best of all possible worlds I do not accept the possibility that the universe is just a random act or that my life is without purpose or goal God knows what he s doing he always has and I have a lifetime a life that illustrates it Thus Christianity is optimistic it rejects pessimism utterly This is the best of all possible worlds a statement which on the surface seems almost obscene in the face of the Holocaust the events of September 11 2001 or the intermittent misery of an individual life And yet I embrace it because I think it is a greater obscenity to suggest that God doesn t love me or that he doesn t know what he s doing or that he doesn t have the strength to do anything or that he doesn t care And even worse would be to suggest that Hitler was right and God simply is not If there is no God then why should we have the sense that suffering is bad or that there is even such a thing as evil Where does our concept of what is right and just and fair come from then Do we tell a father when he holds his dead baby in his arms that this is the best of all possible worlds Having lived such I tell myself that and I actually believe it So if God is good and all powerful then why is there suffering That summarizes the problem of evil confronting monotheists It becomes especially clear as we contemplate the Nazi Holocaust or the events of September 11 2001 On page 284 of the recent book Explaining Hitler Ron Rosenbaum New York Random House 1998 writes God as Satan Or an impotent nebbish Are these the only alternatives open to us in the aftermath of the Holocaust In fact there is a strain of theodicy that attempts to argue that God is neither all powerful nor impotent but has limited his own power to the extent necessary to give man free will the freedom to choose good and evil The most powerful argument for this a contemporary symbolic logic version of G W Leibniz s argument that this is the best of all possible worlds consistent with individual freedom as opposed to determinism or predestination is the one made by Notre Dame philosopher Alvin Plantinga who insists that without God permitting the possibility of evil of man choosing wrong of what Plantinga calls transworld depravity that in any world in which there is freedom some will choose evil there can be no possible world in which free will or moral choice is meaningful But to many the Holocaust is a challenge to the notion of the best of all possible worlds consistent with free will theodicy Why couldn t God have created a slightly less depraved human nature Does the necessity for transworld depravity require a human nature so depraved that hundreds of thousands would collaborate in the murder of millions of children too young to be paying for any imagined sins Can Auschwitz be reconciled with any best of all possible worlds theodicy that doesn t require us to question the character of God s creation the character of God s creative impulse Or must we resort to what is generally known as an irenic or soul making theodicy that catastrophic evils such as Auschwitz are painful moral lessons that God intends will lead ultimately to a less depraved human nature Must we then say in effect Thank you God we needed that However the conclusions too often drawn from the Holocaust that God wasn t there or that he doesn t exist or that he doesn t care or that he is somehow impotent overlook one very critical point Hitler lost The question is sometimes asked Where was God during the Holocaust There is an answer He was bombing the crap out of Nazi Germany We may legitimately wonder why he didn t just snap his fingers and end it instantly But then again when has he ever done that It took ten plagues over at least a year to get the Israelites out of Egypt And even then the Egyptians weren t so impressed that it prevented them from pursuing the Israelites to the Red Sea And then another forty years passed before the Israelites began the conquest of Palestine a conquest that took another few years of long hard and bloody fighting and was far from complete by the end of Joshua s life The Holocaust would be a more serious challenge to the existence of God only if Hitler had won He didn t He lost The Bible gives us the hope that God will ultimately triumph and good will prevail We ask why God doesn t do something about all the evil in the world But that overlooks the simple fact that he has done and continues to do something about it Every day We re just too impatient So why didn t God just

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  • Response to Anti-Semitism
    of Jewish people in a number of ways Some will deny that the Holocaust ever occured Others will claim to be Christian they will deny that they hate anyone and they will often have inocuous sounding names for their websites Don t be confused Those who attempt to use the Bible to argue that the Jewish people are the enemies of God those who try to argue that the Jewish people are not related to the Israelites of the Bible those who try to deny that Jesus and the apostles were Jewish are nothing but Anti Semitic hate filled neo Nazis What we have attempted to do here is respond to the unbiblical and unhistorical attacks leveled by those who will try to misuse the Bible and history to deny that the Jewish people are descended from Abraham Isaac and Jacob or who try to argue the racist doctrine that the white Anglo Saxons are the true Israelites Responses to Unbiblical and Unhistorical Attacks on Jewish People Response to Anti Semitism An Additional Response to Anti Semitism Responses to Those Who Deny the Holocaust Happened The Nizkor Project Dedicated to the millions of Holocaust victims who suffered and died at

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  • Current Diatribe: Cloning, I'm All For It
    specious I don t mean to be obtuse but emotional arguments or statements that simply say something akin to it s evil everyone knows that or it s just evil Of course it is are not going to sway me They are not reasoned arguments at all instead they are statements of preference of simple taste if you will It s fine if you don t like the taste of liver that s hardly a moral issue however In the first place we ve been cloning plants for millennia any cutting taken from a living plant and propagated so that it grows a new plant is a clone As far as people are concerned identical twins and triplets are natural clones and so unless one feels frightened by twins and triplets which actually is the case in some cultures then why should we be opposed to cloning I mean if God does it then how can it be a bad thing The arguments against cloning strike me as akin to those raised against invitro fertilization or surrogate motherhood or contraception in general Vague statements of protest that argue we shouldn t be playing God are entirely specious it seems to me given that the Bible indicates that the human race has been made in God s image and we have been given dominion I would in fact suggest that God s purpose for humanity was for it to play God Opposition based on the idea that somehow we shouldn t create life or that we shouldn t interfere in the creation of life or that as one person Israel s Chief Rabbi Israel Meir Lau stated The moment medical science tries to take upon itself duties and areas which are not its responsibility such as shortening life cloning or creating

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  • Quartz Hill School of Theology
    and the Apple Macintosh that you ll need in order to use the Greek and other language courses Click on the Font you want You will have to unzip it first and then move it to your FONT subdirectory before the font will be recognized by your system Greek Font for Windows Greek Font For Macintosh Readme File for Greek Font includes keyboard layout Hebrew Font for Windows Hebrew Font for Machintosh Readme File for Hebrew Font includes keyboard layout Coptic Font for Windows Coptic Font for Machintosh Readme File for Coptic Font includes keyboard layout Syriac Font for Windows Syriac Font for Machintosh Readme File for Syriac Font includes keyboard layout The Following Fonts are from R Kainhofer They are for Windows Ugaritic RK Ancient Fonts I Includes Greek Sanskrit Merotic Persian Cuneiform and Ugaritic Bible Programs Olive Tree Software Free Bible program and Bibles for your PDA Pocket PC and Palm E sword Free Bible Program for Windows Text Reader Virtual Book for Windows 95 2091K Virtual Book lets you read text RTF and HTML files in an attractive facing page book format You can take a few extended text files with you on your laptop when traveling

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  • Quartz Hill School of Theology
    Book Sale page We have a book sale on an annual basis here on campus Pricing is simple 25 cents for each book Our selections are very vast over 20 000 books Novels by Popular Authors Romance Action Adventure Mystery Non Fiction History EVERYTHING Date Saturday October 6 2007 Time 7 00 AM to 5 00 PM Place Quartz Hill Community Church Ave K and 51st West Phone 661 722

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  • Stump the Theologians
    If you have questions about theology or the Bible that you would like us to answer please click below and email them to us We ll do our best to answer them info theology edu Some Frequently Asked Questions School

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