Back to Square One

Written by Terry Dashner

Back to Square One

Terry Dashner………………Faith Fellowship Church PO Box 1586 Broken Arrow, OK 74013

We’ve come full circle. We’re back to square one. It has been a long journey filled with theologians, philosophers, scientists, and even atheists. Each has given his say. Each has stimulated thought and some have befuddled us, but everyone has had their say. And what have they said?

Saint Augustine of Hippo introducedrepparttar Christian church to Aristotle. Saint Thomas Aquinas introduced us to scholasticism and its original intent backfired inrepparttar 140018 face of Roman Catholicism. Instead of trainingrepparttar 140019 great minds ofrepparttar 140020 Middle Ages forrepparttar 140021 philosophies of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, it ignitedrepparttar 140022 fires of Reformation. But each man had his say.

The Reformation brought usrepparttar 140023 Peace of Westphalia after thirty years of war in Europe. But long beforerepparttar 140024 war, we had a Renaissance. Remember. According to Stanley J. Grenz, “It elevated humankind torepparttar 140025 center of reality, proposedrepparttar 140026 principles that anchoredrepparttar 140027 scientific method, and unleashedrepparttar 140028 forces that would undercutrepparttar 140029 political and cultural dominance ofrepparttar 140030 Roman Catholic Church.” Francis Bacon (1561-1626) bridgedrepparttar 140031 gap betweenrepparttar 140032 Renaissance andrepparttar 140033 Enlightenment. He emphasized experimentation. In Bacon’s New Atlantis he describedrepparttar 140034 idea society. Above allrepparttar 140035 society would look to science as its new savior. He had his say.

We moved from Bacon’s “knowledge is power” or knowledge mediates power over circumstances—altering our circumstances to match our desires. (Knowledge also brings violence with power, but Bacon overlooked that minor detail.) We moved intorepparttar 140036 Age of Reason. Again Grenz reminds us, “It replaced God with humanity on center stage in history. Medieval and Reformation theology viewed people as important largely insofar as they fit intorepparttar 140037 story of God’s activity in history. Enlightenment thinkers tended to reverserepparttar 140038 equation and gaugerepparttar 140039 importance of God according to his value forrepparttar 140040 human story.” God is dethroned. Man is enthroned. And men have had their say.

In early times Anselm gave us a maxim, “I believe in order that I may understand.” The Age of Reason reversedrepparttar 140041 maxim: “I believe what I can understand.” The Age of Reason told us that God existed, but He was far removed from man. This doctrine—Deism—gave usrepparttar 140042 term: “Nature’s God” and “natural law.” And then camerepparttar 140043 philosophers. Rene Descartes (1596-1650) is often referred to asrepparttar 140044 father of modern philosophy. He told us to doubt everything but one’s own existence. Said he, “I think, therefore I am.” He teamed with Isaac Newton’s orderly laws of motion and developed a philosophy that has lived for 300 years. Because man stands alone asrepparttar 140045 observer inrepparttar 140046 universe, he can learnrepparttar 140047 laws ofrepparttar 140048 universe through knowledge and eventually turnrepparttar 140049 world into a utopia. What a crock. But he had his say.

EVP: Part Deux

Written by Gloria Young

EVP or electronic voice phenomenon has been attempted since at leastrepparttar turn ofrepparttar 139969 century in one form or another. In 1848,repparttar 139970 Fox sisters probably attemptedrepparttar 139971 earliest form of spirit communication called spirit rapping. Overrepparttar 139972 years, EVP has become more sophisticated and in tune withrepparttar 139973 times. It began with dual-reel tape recorders that were very big and very bulky. Scientists and other interested persons would attempt experiments with these items but really didn't getrepparttar 139974 results they wanted. Overrepparttar 139975 years, manufacturers have updated, improved and condensedrepparttar 139976 tape recorders they make only to provide excellent results when used under controlled conditions. Ghost hunters began experimenting with these recorders and discovered a whole new world that had opened up with their use. In an attempt to share their evidence, they were met with resistance fromrepparttar 139977 scientific community. There was no way to prove their evidence and how they obtained it.

Overrepparttar 139978 course of time, attempting to obtain EVP has become much easier and atrepparttar 139979 same time, costlier. There are stillrepparttar 139980 tape recorders runningrepparttar 139981 microcassettes or standard tapes. These work well and can work better with any microphone attached to it. The microphone will eliminaterepparttar 139982 "motor" sounds obtained caused byrepparttar 139983 gears rotating and an internal microphone. Although some swear by certain microphones, any one will do. If you can affordrepparttar 139984 higher end microphones, get one of those. I always find simpler is better.

These days you can also findrepparttar 139985 digital recorders. There are those people that swear these work better than tape recorders. Although you will get a better sound quality with a digital and haverepparttar 139986 ability to download it to your computer,repparttar 139987 digital recorder can work just as well as a tape recorder.

My suggestion would be not to spend any more than you have on a recorder. You don't need to go into debt for a recorder. Any recorder used underrepparttar 139988 right circumstances will give you results. So, what arerepparttar 139989 right circumstances?

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