RE: [asa] Methodological Atheism in Biblical Studies

From: Alexanian, Moorad <>
Date: Sun Oct 05 2008 - 21:19:19 EDT

A person knows if he or she is seeking the truth or not. There is a history of people that have sought the truth, e.g., philosophers, theologians, scientists, etc. It is by studying the masters in those fields that we can compare notes and feel somewhat certain that we are either in the right or in the wrong path. Of course, gut feeling and plenty of honesty is the guiding compass that each individual carries in his or her journey. "We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error." 1 John 4:6.



From: PvM []
Sent: Sat 10/4/2008 10:15 PM
To: Alexanian, Moorad
Cc: David Opderbeck; ASA
Subject: Re: [asa] Methodological Atheism in Biblical Studies

I find that somewhat ironic.. Who is truly seeking the truth... The wonderful world of the circular argument. What about a religious person truly seeking the truth and come to reject religion?

What gives us the privileged position to define truth? Even from a scientific perspective I find such a position troubling.

Then again, I am a mere physicist myself.

On Thu, Oct 2, 2008 at 8:49 AM, Alexanian, Moorad <> wrote:

        I am no theologian but a mere physicist. However, when you analyze anything, science or theology, you must make same presuppositions. What kind of study can a person who is an atheist contribute to biblical studies? Of course, I do believe that even an atheist who is truly seeking the truth while making sense in his biblical scholarship can be enlightened and find the truth which is Christ.



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