Monthly Archives: August 2012

More is Less

Who came up with “less is more”? What kind of a saying is that!? I personally prefer to get more for less.

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A Celebrity Judged Me

Something I was working on for Apologetics today brought a memory to the forefront of my mind, one of the highlights of my Apologetics career. Here’s my reminiscence for your reading pleasure.

About six years ago, a friend of my mom decided to lead a writing class using a curriculum created by Andrew Pudewa. I credit this class for establishing the foundation of writing skills that I’ve built upon during my years in speech and debate. I highly respect Mr. Pudewa and had the pleasure of briefly meeting him at a tournament in early 2012. He’s about as close to a celebrity as I have ever met.

Mr. Pudewa is involved with NCFCA speech and debate in Oklahoma. At the 2012 NCFCA Houston Open, I noticed that he and some of his students were there. Round 2 of Apologetics, I walked into my competition room, closed the door, turned around–and who should be one of the judges but Mr. Pudewa! I highly doubt he remembered me but I definitely recognized him. His judging me caused a tad of nervousness for me, but I also had a hope: I wanted to get a 1st place ranking from him! I spoke on the topic, “Why are there parallel myths to the Biblical narrative in other religions?”. I exited the room and promptly forgot about it until the end of the tournament. I opened my ballot packed, rifled through the ballots until I found Apologetics Round 2, and–to my delight–found that I had indeed been ranked 1st by Mr. Pudewa!

I still treasure that 1st place ranking. You will probably never be in a situation like the one I experienced. Most times, you will have never met the three people evaluating your speech. But you know what? Any first place ranking at all is a treasure, regardless of who it comes from. A 1st place means that a judge believed you did the best job of defending the faith out of all the competitors in the room. That’s not something to be taken lightly.

How do we get those treasures? In order to give a phenomenal Apologetics speech, you must have a solid foundation. That foundation is a phenomenal organizational system that allows you to cover as many topics as possible while still using your time effectively. I believe that Thoroughly Equipped: The Comprehensive Guide to Apologetics is the best foundation available, bar none. Streamlined Organization is one of the three Keys to Success in Apologetics (which are explained in the free report you can download to the right of this post), keys that unlock the treasures of Apologetics. One of the most fun treasures to receive: a 1st place ranking.

Whether you are judged by “celebrities” or homeschooling moms, a 1st is something to be grateful for.

Criticizing the Bible

Theologians sometimes criticize the Bible. And that’s a good thing.

When we hear the word “criticize”, our brains naturally associate it with words such as “demean”, “condemn”, and “denounce”. But Biblical criticism is better compared to what a theater critic, food critic, or movie critic does: evaluates what is set before it. There are two branches of Biblical criticism, each of which evaluates a specific aspect of the Bible.

Higher (historical) criticism is a branch of literary criticism that investigates the origins of ancient text in order to understand “the world behind the text”. It endeavors to establish the authorship, date, and place of composition of the original text.

Lower (textual) criticism is concerned with the identification and removal of transcription errors in the texts of manuscripts. Ancient scribes sometimes made errors or alterations when copying manuscripts by hand. Given multiple copies of a manuscript, but not the original document, the textual critic seeks to reconstruct the original text as closely as possible. So, lower criticism is the discipline and study of the actual wording of the Bible; a quest for textual purity and understanding.

But who cares!? Why does it matter?

Both higher and lower criticism help us to understand the Bible better. Historical criticism allows us to comprehend the situation that the author and original recipients were in while textual criticism deals with ascertaining the meaning of the Bible’s text. That’s very significant!

Criticizing the Bible is not the unforgivable sin — in fact, it can be incredibly beneficial.

Peanuts Criticism

How not to criticize the Bible.

Recommended Reading:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_criticism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Textual_criticism

http://www.religioustolerance.org/chr_hcri.htm