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Before You Reply, Analyze Accusations

by Hiram R. Diaz III Facebook groups are helpful for many reasons. For instance, Facebook groups allow you to gather demographic information. Is there a group for Reformed Latinos? Yes, there is? Is the group large? Is it small? What percentage of the group is Presbyterian? What percentage is Reformed Baptist/Confessional Particular Baptist? What percentage is particular Baptist? What percentage of the aforementioned divisions of reformed people tolerate heresy? And so on. It was by means of a Facebook group called "Reformed Latinos" that I gained insight into why Marxism has made its way into Reformed camps, at least online. Some time ago, a member made post to remind the group's members that Karl Marx's critique of capitalism was correct. This got a mixed response from the group members, with many ridiculing the original poster for his claim. What struck me, however, was that among those who disagreed with the OP, I found many who debated the claims made by Marx aga

Tabula Rasa: A Scriptural Refutation [Pt.1]

by Hiram R. Diaz III Not too long ago , I offered a logical refutation of the tabula rasa doctrine. Today, I am going to offer a Scriptural refutation of the doctrine. In order to do this, we need to look first at (I.)the ontology of man, and (II.)biblical anthropology. These will not be exhaustive treatments of these two subjects, but will be the foundation of our brief study of the Scripture’s teaching on the mind of man and its content. I. Ontology Materialism assumes that man is ultimately only comprised of physical elements. In this view, the soul/mind is typically though t to be an epiphenomenon of brain activity. This is clearly at odds with the Scriptures, which teach that man is his soul, the body being his instrument/vehicle for the expression of his soul (i.e. his thoughts, beliefs, values, etc ) . Without his body, man can reason, receive information about the physical world, reflect on his past, consider t

America's Solution - Faith in the Truth [John W. Robbins]

[N.B. I'm currently working on a Biblical refutation of the tabula rasa doctrine. It's taking more time than I thought, but I should be done soon, Lord willing. As I write, I'm also reading quite a bit. One of the key works I'm going through, and which I highly recommend to anyone interested in the subject of the soul (a much hated and attacked doctrine in our day), is John Flavel's book Pneumatologia: A Treatise of the Soul of Man . For my side reading, I have just begun delving into Gordon H. Clark's book Essays on Ethics and Politics . Below is the foreword to the book, written by John W. Robbins. The essays in this book, and the book itself, were written/compiled several decades ago, and yet are as relevant to our day, if not more so, than many current publications. I think Robbins' words here are true and weighty.   - Hiram R. Diaz III ] Foreword The evening news and the daily paper testify to the collapse of morality in America. The alarming statistics