Aurel Ionica

Aurel Ionica is a Romanian native, now living in the USA. Aurel Ionica holds various degrees, including a Masters in Theology and a Doctorate in Information and Communication Science. He worked many years as a professor and a pastor and now he is retired and lives in Nashville, TN.

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12. From the Garden of Eden to Canaan via Harry Potter

According to both fundamentalist and critical scholars, God was such an idiot that first he called Abraham from Ur of Chaldea to Canaan because he wanted to replace the evil Canaanites with the descendants of Abraham who could only be saints, then brought a great famine over the world just to force Joseph’s brothers to …

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11. The Fights of the Lord and the Fights of the Ladies

Since Lot chose the wrong lot and Abraham chose the right one, God promised not only that Abraham’s descendants would enjoy that good lot that he chose, but the whole world would be blessed with the same lot so that today we should not see any more of Lot’s choice in the world but only …

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10. The Lot of Abraham and the Lot of Lot

Probably no reasonable person would question not only that the world is full of evil, but that the greatest perpetrators of evil are precisely the most civilized, and especially the Christians, whose central belief is to save the world from evil and dream of living in an evil-free world. The pervasiveness of evil is even …

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9. The Tower of Evil

Probably no ancient reader would have questioned that it would be irrational for God to use the scenario of a universal flood and destroy all vegetation and animals just to eliminate the bad people, but some would have argued that such a scenario, no matter how irrational, at least would have solved the problem of …

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8. Demythologizing Mythology

Demythologizing Mythology – Fragment Contrary to popular and scholarly belief that genealogies in Genesis are just lists of names and of begats, their purpose is to prove that God’s whole enterprise with the creation of humans was a Lamech, that is, a failure. Just as God examined each part of the natural world after it …

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7. Reasoned Reality of Good Without Evil and Reasoned Reality of Power

Reasoned Reality of Good Without Evil and Reasoned Reality of Power – Fragment If I had to use a single word to describe the fundamental difference between how ancient readers understood a creation story and how modern Western readers read it is the verb “to be.” In other words, modern readers ‑ regardless whether they …

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6. The Irrationality of Sin

The Irrationality of Sin – Fragment Traditional interpretations of Genesis fantasize that as a result of eating from the tree of knowledge humans and God became bitter enemies with God looking for every opportunity to strike humans dead and punish them for their disobedience. For these absurdities there is not even the slightest evidence in …

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5. Reasoned Reality in the Garden of Eden

Reasoned Reality in the Garden of Eden – Fragment Before humans had been created we were given an interesting detail: “No plant of the field was yet in the earth and no herb of the field had yet sprung up for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there …

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4. Created Reality and Reality That Creates Reality

Created Reality and Reality That Creates Reality – Fragment To turn to the Bible—and particularly to Genesis—to expose and expand our narrow-minded and supposedly scientific view of reality can only be met with ridicule by scholars. After all, we modern people take great pride in our scientific thinking as the only true and accurate understanding …

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3. Objective Reality and Reasoned Reality

Objective Reality and Reasoned Reality – Fragment Just as Abraham’s lost donkey provided important clues about how biblical authors thought and wrote, so also the missing “s” from Alice Bach’s “sexual/gender system” may provide important insights about how we, modern people, think and understand reality, or rather misunderstand it. If there is one thing that …

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2. Reality Blockers and Sexual Language

Article Abstract Building on the concepts introduced in the preceding article like “reasoned reality” and “reality blockers,” the article shows that sexual language ‑ with or without “reality blockers” ‑ can be used to describe actions or situations that have nothing to do with sex, and readers understand the meaning because there is an implied …

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1. Reality, Language, and Reality Blockers

Article Abstract According to traditional understanding, there is a direct relationship between language and reality understood as objective reality so that language must describe objective reality and all words must be traced back to objective reality in order to be properly understood. Using the value of real estate as an example, the article shows that …

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