Posts Tagged legitimacy
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The “Jesus Myth” hypothesis (the notion not only that certain parts of the Jesus story might not be literally true, but that the figure of Jesus himself is fictional) has zero scholarly legitimacy. It’s propagated online by pseudo-scholars like Acharya S. and eager pubescent atheists and skeptics. the truth is, it’s rarely been addressed in scholarly circles because no serious scholarly argument has been advanced in its favor. the explosion of do***ents referring to Jesus, the development of a fast-spreading community that was devoted to Jesus’ teachings, the willingness of the early apostles and early Christians to die for the truth of the story, all together make it clear that Jesus was indeed a historical person. Put differently: we have more historical evidence for Jesus than we do for almost any other person in ancient history, and if we cannot believe that Jesus existed then we may as well throw out the entire methodology of historical study.
Further, the notion that Jesus’ story mimics the stories of other ancient religious figures is absurd. It’s easy to make a superficially convincing case if you’re willing to play fast-and-loose with those stories, and with Jesus story, to produce faux parallels. But when you look at the details, the whole argument falls apart.
See the work of R. T. France or Ronald Nash if you want to read actual, scholarly treatments of these things. or if you want something online, see this four-part series — I’ll link to the fourth part, since it includes links to the other three: http://www.patheos.com/Resources/Additional-Resources/Is-Jesus-Christ-a-Myth-Part-4-James-Hannam.html
Police in Papua New Guinea say they are prepared to carry out a court order to arrest the nation's deputy prime minister and its attorney general, as the Australian government labels the decision a concern and an “unusual act”.
PNG's Supreme Court ordered the arrest of Deputy PM Belden Namah and Attorney-General Allan Marat on Friday on charges of contempt, a day after the government announced the suspension of Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia pending an investigation of multiple charges, including mismanagement of court funds.
The potential judicial and government crisis comes less than a month before the court delivers its verdict on the constitutional legitimacy of Prime Minister Peter O'Neill's government. This is due on December 9.
Acting police commissioner Tom Kulunga said on Friday police were prepared to carry out the court orders to arrest Mr Namah and Dr Marat. But one police spokesman said police had yet to locate the deputy leader or Dr Marat and they were being invited to turn themselves in.
“This is a very sensitive matter. We do not want to create unnecessary fear and anxiety in the community,” he said.
Speaking from the APEC forum in Hawaii, which Mr O'Neill is also attending, Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said the arrest order was a concern to Australia.
“It strikes us as an unusual act,” Mr Rudd said.
“There are a range of political sensitivities in Papua New Guinea which go back to the decision concerning the replacement of Sir Michael Somare with prime minister O'Neill.
“I am concerned by today's reports. Events in the South Pacific are of deep relevance to Australia's interests … and we take these developments seriously.”
The high commission in Port Moresby declined to comment.
The sudden decision to suspend Sir Salamo has been treated with suspicion in Port Moresby.
One former justice, George Manuhu, has reportedly rejected his appointment to a tribunal, announced by Mr Namah, to investigate Sir Salamo.
“I learned of my appointment through colleague judges. I have considered the matter and will on professional and ethical grounds decline,” he told the Port Moresby-based Post Courier.
Sir Salamo, a three-year veteran as chief justice, had been presiding over the constitutional battle into the legality of Mr O'Neill's government, which took power on August 2 in a surprise 70-24 vote on the floor of parliament.
Days later, backers of the dumped, second-term Somare government launched legal action arguing there was no vacancy in the office of prime minister when the vote took place, rendering it illegal.
The case was joined in mid-September by Sir Michael, who returned from Singapore following a five-month absence for repeated heart surgery, during which time he communicated only once to the people of PNG – delivering a radio address in April to deny he was ill.
Mr O'Neill's lawyers have made two previous attempts to have the case dismissed, and made another to have Sir Salamo removed for perceived conflict of interest.
Institute of National Affairs executive director Paul Barker said the order to arrest a sitting deputy prime minister was likely to be a first in PNG's 36-year history as an independent nation.
Mr Barker said the next few days would be difficult to interpret because of Mr O'Neill's absence from PNG, although he said any sort of military intervention was unlikely.
“I can't really see everyone rushing out to follow Mr Namah.”