wading through the “simplicity”

My last hike with my wife turned out to be a bit of a struggle. We waded through tall grass that tended to cling to our legs and slowed us down.  We had planned on a short day hike, but did not expect to have to fight for each step. That hike reminds me of […]

throwing away the old tent

Like we did so many times before, my wife and I packed up our cheap, five dollar tent in my expensive backpack, and headed out for a day of tramping and camping. Our favourite place to do this is the Appalachian Trail, over 3,500 kilometres of amazing wilderness, from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount […]

Afterlife: After or Beyond?

Apologist Dinesh D’Souza spent years studying how the various cultures of the world viewed the afterlife.  Among his conclusions was that there was remarkable similarity among the three “Abrahamic” religions.  He said “… in all three cases (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) there is an official teaching and an unofficial teaching. … The official teaching is […]

formed from the dust | Snips and snails

The nursery rhyme asks “What are little boys made of?”  — and answers “Snips & snails & puppy dogs tails and such are little boys made of.”1 Little girls fare slightly better.  They are made of “sugar and spice and everything nice.”  No one believes that these statements reflect the actual chemical makeup of boys and […]

The Unconscious Intermediate State | Scaling the Wall (part 3)

When anyone dares to suggest that sleep is an appropriate way to describe someone’s death, opponents are often quick to respond. They tend to build a wall of evidence, consisting of texts which appear to support some kind of conscious survival after death.  Those of us who hold to an unconscious intermediate state have scaled […]

The Unconscious Intermediate State | Scaling the Wall (part 2)

The Unconscious Intermediate State Sleep is the predominant way that the Bible describes death.  That leads conditionalists to assume that death is a period of un-consciousness that everyone will experience until resurrected for judgment.  Yet when we assert that assumption, opponent are often quick to build a wall of evidence, consisting of texts which appear […]

The Unconscious Intermediate State | Scaling the Wall (part 1)

Introduction to the Scaling the Wall series Few people actually take the time to consider arguments for an unconscious intermediate state because as soon as those arguments appear, a wall of contrary evidence is immediately thrown up around them.  Numerous passages from Scripture are used, so that readers are assured that an unconscious sleep until […]

What is Life ? Life is…

If you are ever inclined to be philosophical, try an internet search for quotes that begin with the words “life is…”  Some of my favourites are listed below: “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” ? John Lennon “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep […]

Defining Conditionalism

Some recent online discussions have cantered around what is meant by the term “conditional immortality” or its synonym “conditionalism.”  These are essentially anthropological terms.  They describe the nature of humanity as the Bible represents it.  They affirm that human beings have the potential to become immortal, but that immortality is not innate: it is not […]

Did You Say “Sleep”? | Sleep of the dead

Popping off, croaking, buying the farm, pushing up daisies, biting the big one, kicking the bucket, assuming room temperature, … these are some of the more colourful euphemisms for death.  Not a one of them is found in the Bible. The Bible calls death a sleep Instead, the Bible consistently uses a metaphor for death […]