Ken Gilmore

Author: Ken Gilmore

Kenneth Gilmore is an Australian doctor who maintains a strong interest in the interface between science and Christianity. He holds an honours degree in electrical engineering and a graduate diploma in information technology, both from the University of Southern Queensland. His medical degree was obtained from the University of Queensland.

Genocide or Hyperbole? Another look at the Conquest Narrative in Joshua – 3

Genocide or Hyperbole? Another look at the Conquest Narrative in Joshua – 3 The example of hyperbolic numbers of battle casualties employed to glorify the king / deity is closely related to the idea of hyperbole posited to give context to Joshua 10 and 11. Flannagan continues: Some examples will illustrate this. The Merneptah Stele states “Yanoam was made nonexistent; […] 

Genocide or Hyperbole? Another look at the Conquest Narrative in Joshua – 2

Genocide or Hyperbole? Another look at the Conquest Narrative in Joshua – 2  Flannagan, advances the thesis that the passages in Joshua 10 and 11 are better understood as hyperbole, a practice common in the ANE. He notes: At a recent conference at the University of Notre Dame, Philosopher Alvin Plantinga suggested a possible solution is to take this language […] 

Genocide or Hyperbole? Another look at the Conquest Narrative in Joshua – 1

Genocide or Hyperbole? Another look at the Conquest Narrative in Joshua – 1 The references in Joshua 10 and 11 to the extermination of  the Caananites pose a problem for believers, and not just because they are used by atheists to justify their assertion that the God of the OT is a “tribal, vicious, genocidal deity” that no civilised person […] 

Atheism + is secular humanism by another name

One of the criticisms of New Atheism is that there is nothing particularly new about it, given that the major ideas advanced by atheism date back centuries. Now, the New Atheists have come up with a new idea: Jen McCreight, one of the bloggers at Freethought Blogs originated Atheism Plus, and summarises the reason for the latest phase in the […] 

The Days of Creation are not Consecutive Creation Events – 2

The Biblical scholar Meredith Kline, writing over 50 years ago likewise noted that reading the creation days in Gen 1 as a consecutive sequence of events places it in direct conflict with Gen 2: [It] was the work of the “third day” that the waters should be gathered together into seas and that the dry land should appear and be […] 

The Days of Creation are not Consecutive Creation Events – 1

The central core of young earth creationism – the belief that God created the entire universe in six consecutive 24 hour days 6000 years ago is false. We know that the Earth is around 4600 million years old1 while the universe is around 14 thousand million years old. This alone invalidates young earth creationism as it asserts that the Earth […] 

Adapting the Biblical Discourse to Common Usage

Biblical literalism is an untenable exegetical option, as the view of the world it obliges a consistent exegete to hold is flatly contradicted by observable reality. The Earth is approximately 4600 million years old, orbits the sun and does not have a solid firmament overhead. Life on earth did not begin suddenly approximately 6000 years ago, but began over 3000 […] 

Condordism, Literalism and the Age of the Earth – 2

The Biblical scholar Meredith Kline, writing over 50 years ago likewise noted that reading the creation days in Gen 1 as a consecutive sequence of events places it in direct conflict with Gen 2: [It] was the work of the “third day” that the waters should be gathered together into seas and that the dry land should appear and be […] 

Condordism, Literalism and the Age of the Earth – 1

The Earth and the known universe are ancient at 4.6 billion and 13.8 billion years respectively.1 This is sufficient to invalidate young earth creationism which asserts that the universe was created over six consecutive days six thousand years ago. While young earth creationists damn other Christians who accept the antiquity of the Earth as “compromisers”2 well before Darwin published his […] 

The Firmament of Genesis – 2

The references to raqia’ in Ezekiel 1 and Genesis 1 when examined without an apologetic agenda readily show that the ancient Hebrews shared the cosmological view of their neighbours. Ezekiel 1 uses raqia’  to refer to a solid dome, capable of supporting a throne: And there came a voice from above the expanse that was over their heads; whenever they […]