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Many of us read the Bible, but how many of us do our best thinking when we read it? In this series, author and philosopher Jack Pelham seeks to use the very best thinking methods to interpret the Bible, so as to avoid the cognitive errors shown in the Bible and in cognitive science as well. For example, where Jesus said, "Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment," a cognitive scientist might say the same thing like this: "You need to decouple from your focal bias and look at ALL the evidence, so that you can draw a conclusion that jibes with reality." And so we re-examine the Bible in an attempt to get right what is so frequently gotten wrong.

The episode formats vary between solo-lecturer (Jack Pelham) presentations and family discussions with Jack's wife, Kay, and son, James. The solo episodes have episode-specific show notes on the web page that bears each episode.

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Many of us read the Bible, but how many of us do our best thinking when we read it? In this series, author and philosopher Jack Pelham seeks to use the very best thinking methods to interpret the Bible, so as to avoid the cognitive errors shown in the Bible and in cognitive science as well. For example, where Jesus said, "Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment," a cognitive scientist might say the same thing like this: "You need to decouple from your focal bias and look at ALL the evidence, so that you can draw a conclusion that jibes with reality." And so we re-examine the Bible in an attempt to get right what is so frequently gotten wrong.

The episode formats vary between solo-lecturer (Jack Pelham) presentations and family discussions with Jack's wife, Kay, and son, James. The solo episodes have episode-specific show notes on the web page that bears each episode.

    Episode 11: The American Mask Crisis, and How Romans 13 Does Not Prohibit Civil Disobedience, Part C

    Episode 11: The American Mask Crisis, and How Romans 13 Does Not Prohibit Civil Disobedience, Part C

    DESCRIPTION: This is the third of a 3-part series on this topic. Also, this entire podcast is designed for you to start at Episode 1 and work your way forward. If you don’t, you’re going to be at a real disadvantage when starting here.In this episode, Jack finishes the discussion of Romans 13:1-7, and shows how one governor is himself not “obeying the government”.















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    • 51 min
    Episode 10: The American Mask Crisis, and How Romans 13 Does Not Prohibit Civil Disobedience. Part B

    Episode 10: The American Mask Crisis, and How Romans 13 Does Not Prohibit Civil Disobedience. Part B

    DESCRIPTION: This is the second of a 3-part series on this topic. Also, this entire podcast is designed for you to start at Episode 1 and work your way forward. If you don’t, you’re going to be at a real disadvantage when starting here.In this episode, Jack shows how the “higher powers” language of Romans 13 is consistent with other Bible language about angels, and suggests that some particular subset of angels was in view.















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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Episode 9: The American Mask Crisis, and How Romans 13 Does Not Prohibit Civil Disobedience. Part A

    Episode 9: The American Mask Crisis, and How Romans 13 Does Not Prohibit Civil Disobedience. Part A

    DESCRIPTION: If you haven’t listened to Episodes 1-8 yet, you’re going to be at a real disadvantage when starting here at Episode 9. We strongly urge you to start at the beginning.In this episode, Jack jumps ahead of the plan for this podcast series, in order to face a serious crisis that many American Christians are struggling with. Many know that the facemask and lockdown orders are themselves unlawful decrees, yet they are afraid to disobey because they think that Romans 13 is telling them that this would be a sin.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 8: Family Discussion About What It Means To Be Created

    Episode 8: Family Discussion About What It Means To Be Created

    DESCRIPTION: In this episode, Kay and James join me for our second family discussion, generally reflecting on the recent episodes about What It Means to Be Created.  We also get into some meaty discussion of what it means to have a spiritual heritage, starting with having been created by God—and in a world where so many seem to be longing for a more meaningful life.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 7: Why I Wish We’d Drop the Terms “Old Testament” and “New Testament”

    Episode 7: Why I Wish We’d Drop the Terms “Old Testament” and “New Testament”

    DESCRIPTION: Jack explains something he promised to explain about a comment made in passing in an earlier episode, and it leads into a fuller discussion of the importance of context in Bible study—and not just the immediate context of a passage, but a context that goes as wide as to studying even the extrabiblical writings from the Ancient Near Eastern cultures, including the Hebrew culture that produced all of the Bible documents.















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    • 17 min
    Episode 6: What It Means To Be Created–Part B

    Episode 6: What It Means To Be Created–Part B

    DESCRIPTION: Jack explains more about what it means to be created “in the image and likeness” of God, and how it does not mean that we are his “representatives” on the Earth. He also introduces “Hermeneutics” and begins what will be an ongoing discussion on that topic.















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    SCRIPTURES USED IN THIS EPISODEFor your convenience, I have listed all the scriptures used in this episode below. You may find it helpful to have this page open while you listen. Where there are hyperlinks, they lead to the same passage at BibleGateway.com, where you can study the passage in its context, or switch translations, etc..







    2 Peter 3:11b… what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives…







    Micah 6:8  He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.







    Ecclesiastes 7:29 See, this alone I found,

    • 52 min

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