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

Article Abstract Contrary to widespread opinion among scholars, the Pentateuch is a continuous story so that, after Genesis explains how the Israelites ended up salves in Egypt through Joseph, Exodus relates how they managed to escape Egypt and embark on the conquest of Canaan through Moses. Since scholars only have the concept of objective reality, …

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

After reading how Abraham avoided a conflict with his nephew Lot and even rescued him when he became a prisoner of war, one would expect Abraham’s descendants to display the same graciousness of character and establish societies free of any violence that would eventually spread all over the world and fulfill that purpose of God …

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8. The Lot of Abraham and the Lot of Lot

Article Abstract After the author of Genesis explains through the story about the Tower of Babel how the world became full of violence and evil just as it had been before the supposed flood, and after God admits that floods and natural disasters cannot be means by which evil can be eliminated from the world, …

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7. The Tower of Evil

Article Abstract After the author of Genesis postulates a universal flood that eliminates all evil people from the world, he has now to explain how come that the world in which all readers live is as full of evil and violence as it had been before the flood. While evil entered the world for the …

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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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