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The Divine Name

By Jørgen Christensen-Ernst (An article in the Danish newspaper Jyllandssposten 26th of April 1998 by the same author re-written in English.) In an article in the Danish newspaper Jyllandsposten 22.03 Bachelor of Divinity Henning Astrup presents his opinion on the … Continue reading

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Islam and laicism in Turkey

By Jørgen Christensen-Ernst, Istanbul 2002 (Translated 2007) When people in the West discuss Islam they usually discuss its classical version as it appears in the Quran and Islamic law. Muslims in Turkey, however, cannot be lumped together with Muslims from … Continue reading

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THE BACKGROUND FOR THE RESURGE OF ISLAMIC SELF-ASSERTION IN TURKEY

This paper was written in 2002 in connection with a research project at the Bosperus University in Istanbul. While some of the observations may be outdated, the subject still has some interest to students of Middle Eastern affairs. Jorgen Christensen-Ernst … Continue reading

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The criterion for Christianity

In an article on religion.dk, [priest at the Orthodox Church in Copenhagen] Poul Sebbelov has written as follows: ”As to Jehovah’s Witnesses, the fact that this unholy sect calls themselves Christians does not confer on them any Christian authority or … Continue reading

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Logos and Memra

Logos The word is Greek, and according to Berg’s Greek dictionary, it has a wide range of meanings. Generally speaking it has the meaning of ‘word’ or ‘speech,’ often with a stress on the subject matter of speech. As understood, … Continue reading

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The word ‘god’ in the Roman Empire

The following is an English translation of the Danish edition of the book The Complete Roman Emperor – Imperial Life at Court and on Campaign: “Augustus, Claudius, Vespasian, Titus, Trajan, Hadrian, Antonius Pius, Marcus Aurelius and Septimus Severus were all … Continue reading

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The term LORD in the New Testament

  Let us return to the language of the early Christians of Antioch. As mentioned earlier, they spoke mainly Greek and Aramaic. Some may have known Latin, and the Jews, Hebrew. We have already discussed the problem early Christians of … Continue reading

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Clouded Beers

As explained in my blog “Bulut” on http://antioch-on-the-orontes.blogspot.com/2013/11/bulut.htmle, certain Turkish television stations, no doubt with good intentions, have started with a cloud or a mist to hide beers and other sorts of alcoholic beverages in the hands of actors in … Continue reading

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C. S. Peirce in Antioch

Yesterday we had an experience that made me take a second look at the ideas of the American logician Charles Sanders Peirce. In his theory of categories in human cognition, Peirce operated with the terms Firstness, Secondness and Thirdness. Firstness is the … Continue reading

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The term GOD in the Bible

We may fittingly start our essays on interpretation by considering some concepts that puzzled the theologians of ancient Antioch, namely those of GOD, LORD, and LOGOS. We shall start with having a look at the word GOD. If we consider … Continue reading

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