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Noah’s Ark Replica Built in Netherlands

In connection with the story I posted yesterday about evidence being found for the Great Flood, here is a story on the replica that was the featured image of said post.

 

He may have trouble finding two animals of every kind, but Johan Huibers of the Netherlands isn’t one to be dissuaded.

After 20 years, the professional builder completed his goal of building a full-scale, fully-operational version of Noah’s Ark, using Genesis, books 6-9, in The Bible as his guide.

Huibers converted cubits to modern measurements to pull off the feat, reports the Associated Press, leading to an impressive wooden vessel that is 427 feet long, 95 feet wide and 75 feet high.

But just to be clear, the Dutchman, a Christian, is not expecting a flood of Biblical proportions anytime soon.

“I had a call from American television,” he told AP with a laugh. “This has nothing to do with the end of the Mayan calendar.”

Instead, citing what The Bible predicts might be in store for Earth, Huibers says, “I want to make people question that so that they go looking for answers.” He also hopes people will ultimately find salvation through God and eternal life.

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Noah’s Ark, oil on canvas painting by Edward Hicks, 1846 Philadelphia Museum of Art (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And while the ark is not currently occupied with multitudes of four-legged creatures – though there are reportedly some plastic and stuffed replicas of larger species onboard for atmosphere – there is a small petting zoo with ponies, dogs, sheep, rabbits and exotic birds aboard the ship, which is moored just south of Rotterdam, as well as a restaurant and movie theater that can seat 50.

See more photos inside the ark on CNN.com.

 

via Noah’s Ark Replica Built by Man in Netherlands : People.com.

 

What I find most interesting, aside from the accomplishment itself, is that I found this story on People’s People Pets section. Go figure.

 

 

 

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The target of anti-Catholic bigotry

 

English: Baptism of Christ
English: Baptism of Christ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today, for the first time in my life, I really felt the heartache resulting from bigotry cause by irrational hatred based clearly on ignorance. What the hell is he talking about you ask?

Well, I was told – and made clear – by a close family member that they “completely and totally renounce anything Catholic.” And this even when they cannot defend their acceptance and adherence to sometimes heretical doctrines of men such as “Baptism is you getting wet and not required,” “Jesus is in my heart but especially not in the Sacrament of the Alter,” “Mary was just a vessel and not blessed” and so on.

You see, each of the items in the list and more are all refuted in the Bible, the sole rule of authority for most Protestants despite the Bible itself stating otherwise, and moreover are inventions of men trying to justify their own abandonment of the Church which through the Holy Spirit, as promised by Christ, is infallible and led to all truth. In this conversation truth was relative yet “my truth” held no value.

This pointed denial of the Church who gave this person the doctrines of Salvation by Grace, the Most Holy Trinity and even the Canon of Scripture, we shocking in their own professed willingness to take that position to hell if that is where it led. (Of course they were referring to the “hell” of the Catholic Church, which is apparently somehow different from their “hell.”)

Anyway, I just felt like a little rant before bed on this matter because I cannot recall ever feeling such hatred wrapped in a sweet presentation.

 

Immerse Yourself in the Truth and Life of Our Blessed Lord

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This long overdue review of the Truth and Life Audio Bible is one of the most difficult reviews I have yet to complete simply because I find it difficult to articulate the experience of immersing oneself in Scripture in this fashion.

The immersive feeling is a testament (no pun intended) to the level of production put forth into this resource. Not only does the all-star cast perform to the level one would expect but the subtleties of the score and sound effects is what completes the picture for the mind’s eye.

When we read we often paint a picture in our minds of the places, persons and events described within the pages. Obviously, this is no different with the Bible. Yet we carry some prejudices into pages of Scripture when we read whether images on holy cards or visual performances but also theological precepts and solid Catholic teaching.

The Truth and Life Dramatized Audio Bible allows one to dig deeper granting an experience of oral teaching that is usually experienced at Mass with the aid of an able lector. Listening to the narration and dialogue drew me in and my Catholic formation began to pick out the Truth behind the Church’s teachings.

Yet, listening to an audio Bible, even of this caliber, does not replace the reading of Sacred Scripture. Letting the splendor of the acting and familiar voices walk you through the events of the New Testament in a manner that can only add to the mystery that is the written Word of God: multi-layered, multi-faceted, multi-generational.

Again, this review is difficult to articulate because the Word, the sounds, the score and the actors all meld together under superb direction and editing to give all faithful Christians – not just Catholics – audio food for the soul. This is a recording that needs to be experienced rather than read about.

Make sure you add this audio bible to your collection today. It makes a great Confirmation and/or Ordination gift.

I wrote this review of Truth & Life Dramatized Audio Bible – New Testament for the Tiber River Blogger Review program, created by Aquinas and More Catholic Goods, your source for Baptism Gifts and First Communion Gifts. For more information and to purchase, please visit Aquinas and More Catholic Goods.

Tiber River is the first Catholic book review site, started in 2000 to help you make informed decisions about Catholic book purchases. I receive free product samples as compensation for writing reviews for Tiber River.

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Immerse Yourself in the Truth and Life of Our Blessed Lord


This long overdue review of the Truth and Life Audio Bible is one of the most difficult reviews I have yet to complete simply because I find it difficult to articulate the experience of immersing oneself in Scripture in this fashion.

The immersive feeling is a testament (no pun intended) to the level of production put forth into this resource. Not only does the all-star cast perform to the level one would expect but the subtleties of the score and sound effects is what completes the picture for the mind’s eye.

When we read we often paint a picture in our minds of the places, persons and events described within the pages. Obviously, this is no different with the Bible. Yet we carry some prejudices into pages of Scripture when we read whether images on holy cards or visual performances but also theological precepts and solid Catholic teaching.

The Truth and Life Dramatized Audio Bible allows one to dig deeper granting an experience of oral teaching that is usually experienced at Mass with the aid of an able lector. Listening to the narration and dialogue drew me in and my Catholic formation began to pick out the Truth behind the Church’s teachings.

Yet, listening to an audio Bible, even of this caliber, does not replace the reading of Sacred Scripture. Letting the splendor of the acting and familiar voices walk you through the events of the New Testament in a manner that can only add to the mystery that is the written Word of God: multi-layered, multi-faceted, multi-generational.

Again, this review is difficult to articulate because the Word, the sounds, the score and the actors all meld together under superb direction and editing to give all faithful Christians – not just Catholics – audio food for the soul. This is a recording that needs to be experienced rather than read about.

Make sure you add this audio bible to your collection today. It makes a great Confirmation and/or Ordination gift.

I wrote this review of Truth & Life Dramatized Audio Bible – New Testament for the Tiber River Blogger Review program, created by Aquinas and More Catholic Goods, your source for Baptism Gifts and First Communion Gifts. For more information and to purchase, please visit Aquinas and More Catholic Goods.

Tiber River is the first Catholic book review site, started in 2000 to help you make informed decisions about Catholic book purchases. I receive free product samples as compensation for writing reviews for Tiber River.

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Reflections from the Saints: Jerome on Sacred Scripture

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There is no doubt that through the reading of the Sacred Scriptures the soul is set aflame in God and becomes purified from all vices.

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Reflections from the Saints: Jerome on Sacred Scripture

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There is no doubt that through the reading of the Sacred Scriptures the soul is set aflame in God and becomes purified from all vices.

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How does James White define KJV Only?

Jamin Hubner is involved in a debate regarding the definition of KJV only. He notes:

Dr. White identifies at least 5 kinds of King-James Only advocates p. 23-28):


1. “I Like the KJV Best”
2. “The Textual Argument” – Group A (Majority Text advocates), Group B (TR Advocates) Group C (others)
3. “Received Text Only” – TR is inspired or is inerrant by providence of God.
4. Inspired KJV Group – KJV itself is inspired and inerrant (some would also affirm inspiration and inerrancy of TR, and thus also hold to group 3); KJV Alone = Word of God Alone
5. “The KJV as New Revelation” – God re-inspired the AV 1611 text rendering it in English language (thus, Hebrew and Greek texts should actually be changed to reflect KJV readings) (link)

However, as a counter-point, I should be noted that James White also says the following:

One group that would strongly reject the term KJV Only but believe that the Greek texts used by the KJV translators are superior to those used by modern translations would be the Majority Text advocates. (White. The King James Only Controversy: Can You Trust the Modern Translations? Bethany House, 2009 P. 24)

King James Onlyism is to be distinguished from the scholarly defense of either the Majority Text or the Byzantine Priority Theory. (p73)

This is of interest to me I like the arguments in favor of the Majority Text but I have never considered myself KJV Only.

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How does James White define KJV Only?

Jamin Hubner is involved in a debate regarding the definition of KJV only. He notes:

Dr. White identifies at least 5 kinds of King-James Only advocates p. 23-28):


1. “I Like the KJV Best”
2. “The Textual Argument” – Group A (Majority Text advocates), Group B (TR Advocates) Group C (others)
3. “Received Text Only” – TR is inspired or is inerrant by providence of God.
4. Inspired KJV Group – KJV itself is inspired and inerrant (some would also affirm inspiration and inerrancy of TR, and thus also hold to group 3); KJV Alone = Word of God Alone
5. “The KJV as New Revelation” – God re-inspired the AV 1611 text rendering it in English language (thus, Hebrew and Greek texts should actually be changed to reflect KJV readings) (link)

However, as a counter-point, I should be noted that James White also says the following:

One group that would strongly reject the term KJV Only but believe that the Greek texts used by the KJV translators are superior to those used by modern translations would be the Majority Text advocates. (White. The King James Only Controversy: Can You Trust the Modern Translations? Bethany House, 2009 P. 24)

King James Onlyism is to be distinguished from the scholarly defense of either the Majority Text or the Byzantine Priority Theory. (p73)

This is of interest to me I like the arguments in favor of the Majority Text but I have never considered myself KJV Only.

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Sean Astin Speaks About the Truth & Life Dramatized Audio Bible

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“…You get to certain passages about the Last Supper or the Crucifixion and I’ve heard them a lot in church and they were spoken by a priest.

And now the words that were being uttered by a priest to a congregation are coming through my eyes and sound! These massive ideas are being poured out and it gives you goose bumps sometimes. You’re portraying revealed truth!”

via Catholic Online: The Truth & Life Dramatized Audio Bible – Sean Astin Talks of His Involvement.

Sean Astin Speaks About the Truth & Life Dramatized Audio Bible

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“…You get to certain passages about the Last Supper or the Crucifixion and I’ve heard them a lot in church and they were spoken by a priest.

And now the words that were being uttered by a priest to a congregation are coming through my eyes and sound! These massive ideas are being poured out and it gives you goose bumps sometimes. You’re portraying revealed truth!”

via Catholic Online: The Truth & Life Dramatized Audio Bible – Sean Astin Talks of His Involvement.