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The Empirical Study of Mystical Experience


https://metacrock.blogspot.com/2018/10/the-empirical-study-of-mystical.html

This article is a summary my book, the Trace of God by Joseph Hinman (available on Amazon). I recentlyposted essays showing that the true Christian concept of Supernatural is mystical experience nothing more. Now I show mystical experience is empirical, thus SN is empirical. I wrote this for an academic conference,  it was accepted. I posted it in two parts that's I'm uniting them here.



The argument from religious experience is deemed too subjective to be of any real interest to rationally minded skeptics. Yet over the last 50 years, a huge body of empirical scientific work has emerged in peer reviewed journals that strengthens the case for religious experience as a God argument. Unfortunately, this body of work is largely confined to psychology of religion and is virtually unknown to theology or even religious studies. In this paper I examine the research metho…

Psychology, Atheists and Mystical Experiences

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Today on Metacrock's Blog  Joseph Hinman   (aka Metacrock)
deals with the argument that atheists have mystical experience without God

https://metacrock.blogspot.com/2018/10/psychology-atheists-and-mystical.html





The Name of The Branch

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Messiah gate Jerusalem


summary of the argument 

(1) The Messiah is shown to have the same name as the high priest
(2) the name of the High priest is Jesus
(3) Therefore Jesus will be the sameofthe essiah(4) The two messiah (Davidic and Priestly) are shown to be aspects of
the same Messiah.
(5) This means Messiah will atone for sins of his people and will sit on the Throne of David
(6) Jesus of Nazareth ha the right nae and  fits aspects of both messianic figures, and he is the only one in hisotry who can make these claims,
The two figures in Zachariah (the High Priest and the King) probably both refer to the same Messiah. Both are each two different symbols for the same figure. The high priest Joshua (Jesus) represents the Messiah's priestly function and his atonement for sin, and Zerubbabel(Davidic line) represents his genealogical line.This tags Jesus of Nazareth as the actual fulfillment becuase no other candidate for Messiah in history was every named Jesus, and this passage shows us …

Dead Sea Srolls and Messianic Expectation

The Anti-Missionaries would have us believe that everyone of the Quotations on the first page, "Jesus Christ:King Messiah" is merely figurative becaue they all come from Midrash, and that they are suspect because they derive form sources such as Driver and Nebaurer (even though they never really say what's wrong with Driver and Nebarauer other than the fact that they are quoted by Jews from Jesus).

chronology of the sources.


by Glenn Miller

From his website "The Christian Think Tank"

(Miller actually does have an advanced degree in Theology and Bibical studies form Dallas Theoloigcal Seminary) Here he goes through a basic summary of the sources in which we mind all the extra-Bilical references to Messiah among Jewish believers up to two centuries after Jesus of Nazerath. In other words all of the early souces that would reflect ideas floating around in Jesus' day and bit beyond it.

Glenn Miller's Chr. Think Tanks
http://www.christian-thinktank.com/messiah.htm…

Unicorns don't exit,therefore,God doesn't exist?

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Jesus fits true Messianic Criteria

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Church of the Holy Sepulcher: sight of both Crucifixion
and resurrection



Alfred Edersheim 
(7 March 1825 – 16 March 1889)



The Diversity of First century Judaism:"The Essenic movement and heterodox Judaism spread throughout the entire Jewish world. Reflecting the power of the 'spindled isolation' that gave rise to the Hasiedam movement.... Pharisaic Judaism and Christianity represent different offshoots of old Testament religion. The one emphasized the Law of Moses but in terms of oral tradition and adaptability of ancient revelation to contemporary conditions. The other places stress on prophecy and fulfillment of promises in terms of the Messianic fulfillment....It is clear that the Essenes were closer to the Jewish-Christian in terms of Messianic expectation and eschatological fulfillment, although they were at different points on the time table. Thus the people of Qumran awaited royal and priestly Messiahs, while in the New Testament the term "Messiah" is clearly…