Words for Semester 2
Young Earth Creationism is the model that has God as the Creator everything in six days no more than 10,000 years ago.

Old Earth Creationism
is the model that has God as the Creator of the universe a very long time ago
 and the earth about 4.5 billion years ago and man within the last 10,000 years or so.

God of the Gaps is using God to explain anything that is unexplained by science.
This is not a good argument because as science answers more questions the gap gets smaller. 

Intelligent Design is the observation the universe and our earth and life has the marks of design and  that believes God was the Designer and Creator. It is based on the observation that living things demonstrate a complexity that is specific and cannot be explained by random processes and that the universe demonstrated a fine-tuning for life on the earth.

Theism is a worldview that believes God is real and is the Creator of everything.

Naturalism is a philosophy or worldview that believes that the natural universe is all there is.

Rational Faith is a faith that makes sense of the facts from history and science and from the Bible.
It merges all the facts into a coherent whole. 

 Jesus Myth is the theory that the story of Jesus is mostly a fiction created by the Gospel writers in  the late first century.
We have learned that the facts do not support this theory.

Old Testament History Myth is the theory that the Old Testament from creation through the kings is largely a fiction  created by men writing a story to give an historical identity for the Jews reurning from the Babylonian captivity.
We have learned that the facts do not support this theory.

Metanarrative is the story behind the story. As we have used it, it is the supposed true story behind the story of the Bible.
We have argued, however, that the story of the Bible is the true story. There is no real metanarrative.

Words for Semester 1
Teleological Argument
is the argument for God's existence based on design.

Cosmological Argument
is the argument based on the cause and effect law and argues for God being the first cause.

Anthropic Principle
refers to the fact that the earth is unusually suited for life like ourselves. 

describes the fact that the four fundamental forces of the universe are delicately balance to allow for a universe that can support life like ourselves.

Methodological Naturalism is a strategy for studying the world, by which scientists choose not to consider supernatural causes.

Parable is a little story that makes a point or has a message.

Proverb is a short common saying that contains a  simple truth or bit of advice.

Manuscript refers to the particular piece of writing, a hand written document.

Text refers to the content of the document. It is what the document says.

Vernacular means the language of the common man.

Reliability is the question of whether the Bible provides us with true information.

Authenticity is the question of whether the Bible we have is the real Bible as it was written.

Inspiration describes how the Bible was written and that the Bible was written by dozens of different people
who were moved by God to write and who were led by God what to write.

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