Author Archive: zmaxcey

2012 Master of Divinity, Providence Theological Seminary

Was There Death Before Adam’s First Sin? (Apologetics, Part 4)

Was There Death Before Adam’s First Sin? Theistic evolution, i.e., the teaching that God created the universe through evolutionary processes, inevitably requires death before Adam’s first sin. In other words, over the course of millions of years, according to this…
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Is NCT a ‘New’ or ‘Updated’ Covenant Theology? (NCT Questions #5)

New Covenant Theology NCT) is at times misrepresented as a new or updated version of Covenant Theology (CT). To categorize it as such would be inaccurate. NCT decisively differentiates itself from CT (in all its forms) as it does not…
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An Overview of the Feasts of Israel (Feasts of Israel, Part 2)

Although Leviticus 23 distinguishes each of the seven mô‘ădîm (מוֹעְַדִים), the Scriptures frequently subsume the seven under the three major festivals: the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Weeks, and the Feast of Tabernacles. In fact, the Torah commanded…
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The Fundamental Presupposition of Biblical Christianity (Epistemology, Pt. 3)

Prior to identifying the principium of biblical Christianity, a definition of this term is in order. Principium is a Latin neuter singular noun that simply means principle. Similarly, Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines principium as “fundamental principle.”[1] In terms of epistemology, S….
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Does NCT Look First to Theology & Not Scripture? (Questions, Part 4)

Some critics of NCT maintain that its proponents look first to theological systems not to the Scriptures. Admittedly, NCT has contributed to this misperception in that it often defines itself in theological contrast to DT and CT. Having said that,…
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How did God Inspire the Scriptures? (Basic Bible Doctrine, Part 3)

How did God inspire the Scriptures? Did God merely dictate the words of Scripture to their respective human authors? Or did God ‘override’ the human authors reducing them to mere automatons in order to communicate His revelation? In short, neither….
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Addressing False Assumptions (Addressing Preterism, Part 2)

At this particular juncture, I want to address several false assumptions which, in my experience, preterists at times make. First, simply because the vast majority of the NT Scriptures were written prior to A.D. 70 (even assuming an early date…
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Preterism: Undermining the Protestant Reformation (Part 1, Intro)

The past several decades have witnessed the dramatic rise of preterism within Protestant evangelicalism. That being said, what is preterism? The term preterism is derived from the Latin praeteritum meaning ‘the past’ and resultantly refers to the eschatological view that…
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Does the Bible Mention Dinosaurs? (Apologetics, Part 3)

Does the Bible Mention Dinosaurs? The word dinosaur appears nowhere in the biblical text, but this fact should not be interpreted to indicate that the Bible is silent regarding the existence of dinosaurs. The word dinosaur was coined in the…
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Does NCT View DT and CT as Monolithic? (NCT Questions, Part 3)

New Covenant Theology (NCT) is criticized at times for purportedly promoting a monolithic view of both Dispensational Theology (DT) and Covenant Theology (CT). In other words, when NCT contrasts itself with the other two theological paradigms, the perception is that…
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