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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10. 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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9.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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8. 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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7. 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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6. Demythologizing Mythology

Article Abstract The prevailing understanding among critical scholars is that Genesis is made up of stories that are parochial versions of popular mythological stories and what they consider to be the unquestionable proof is the story about Noah and the flood that supposedly was copied from the ancient story about Gilgamesh. Moreover, scholars claim that …

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5. Reasoned Reality of Good And Reasoned Reality of Power

Article Abstract Once evil entered the world through the murder of Abel by his brother Cain, humanity developed in two directions: one in which relationships among humans were based on power and violence and another one in which humans used the rationality that was the image of God in humans in order to choose good …

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4. The Irrationality of Sin

Article Abstract Contrary to traditional interpretations according to which eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil was some “original” sin that brought all kinds of evils in the world, Genesis is quite explicit that the very first sin was not committed by Adam and Eve but by their first son, Cain, when …

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3. Reasoned Reality in the Garden of Eden

Article Abstract After humans were created in the second chapter of Genesis, the next chapter describes life in what is known as the garden of Eden. Contrary to traditional interpretations of this story, life in the garden of Eden is not viewed as an ideal that humans lost as a result of upsetting the deity, …

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2. Reality Blockers, Sexual Language, and Reasoned Reality

Article Abstract In order to show that the concepts developed in the previous section are not just products of imagination, the ancient biblical story about Sodom as well as modern uses of sexual language are analyzed. According to traditional understanding, when some foreigners came to visit Lot and all the inhabitants of Sodom gathered and …

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1. Reality, Language, and Reality Blockers

Article Abstract According to traditional belief, there is a direct relationship between language and reality understood as objective reality so that language must describe objective reality so that 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 …

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