Exploring the Tough Questions of Christianity: Behind the Faith

Dr Antonio M Wilson
Dr. Antonio M Wilson

Dr. Antonio M. Wilson is a Naval veteran and expert in apocalyptic scripture and writings of antiquity. Currently working as a freelance research writer at the University of Oxford in Beverly Hills, California, where he assists graduate students in Theology with interpretation of scripture, Dr. Antonio M. Wilson also has a book series entitled Behind the Faith.

Behind the Faith currently consists of two books: Revelation and Advanced Citizenship. As per Dr. Wilson’s area of focus, the books largely concern themselves with the Bible’s Book of Revelation, and the tales of apocalypse. The books delve into theological aspects not normally covered in other texts, such as the interactions between humans, angels, demons, and spirits, as well as why Christians believe what they do, and whether or not one’s salvation can be truly perfected.

To complement his books, Dr. Wilson has also released a variety of broadcasted lectures further elaborating on, or setting up the development for, the topics presented in his written works. Over 20 lectures are available on his website, ranging from frank discussions on communicating with the dead, guardian angels, the plagues, spiritual gifts, and, of course, in-depth looks into the Book of Revelations. To listen to some of the lectures, or to explore the books themselves, visit www.behindthefaith.net.

Some of the Tools Used for Archeological Excavations

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Tools
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Writer Dr. Antonio M. Wilson is involved in conducting research that leads to archeological digs or excavations as an extension of his findings. Dr. Antonio M. Wilson has contributed to excavations which led to the discovery of artifacts dating back to biblical times.

There are a variety of tools available for use in archeological excavations. One of the most-often used tools is the trowel. While masons use it to apply mortar to bricks and stone, archeologists use it for excavating in areas that are too small or too critical for shovels to be used. A rounded or square shovel, on the other hand, is often used as the main tool for excavation in non-critical situations, as it can move more soil in a shorter period of time. It is used in areas where few if any artifacts are likely to be discovered.

Screens are utilized to filter the soil from each location to better find small artifacts. Another tool is a soil core. This is a small metal tube having a handle at the top and used for sampling specific areas in the ground to learn about the composition of the layers of sediment that have accumulated over the centuries. After marking a specific spot to core, the researcher uses his or her weight to push the core into the ground and then pulls it out, and later carefully analyzes the various layers of soil inside it.

More sophisticated (and expensive) tools include global positioning systems, magnetometers, and ground penetrating radar. These non-invasive tools are used to find locations that may be of archeological interest.

Revelation, a Book in Dr. Antonio M. Wilson’s Behind the Faith Series

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Behind the Faith Series
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A graduate of the University of Oxford’s Christ Church college with a doctorate in theology, Dr. Antonio M. Wilson draws on his research as a theologian to author the Behind the Faith book series. In this series, he takes readers through a discussion of such topics as angels, demons, and the Apocalypse. In one book in the series, titled Revelation, Dr. Antonio M. Wilson looks at each verse in the Book of Revelation in an effort to address complex questions relating to the reasons why Christians believe what they do.

Specifically, the book addresses the following questions:

– What happens after someone dies?

– When exactly is someone saved?

– Is salvation progressive after death?

– At the final judgment, what information will the books contain, and how many books will there be?

– Are sins and rewards rated by degrees?

– At the final judgment, will Jesus be sitting on the Great White Throne?

To learn more about the Behind the Faith series, visit www.behindthefaith.net.

Outdoor Destinations near Perth, Australia

Perth, Australia
Perth, Australia

 

A theologian with a doctorate from the University of Oxford Christ Church, Dr. Antonio M. Wilson authored the book series Behind the Faith. When not writing or conducting research, Dr. Antonio M. Wilson enjoys traveling and has been to Perth, Australia.

Located on Australia’s western coast, the Perth area offers those who love the outdoors a number of destinations, including:

-Lancelin. Featuring the tallest sand dunes in Western Australia, Lancelin attracts sand boarders, four wheeler enthusiasts, and those who enjoy dune buggy racing. Lancelin is also suited for water sports, such as snorkeling and fishing.

-Penguin Island. Located approximately 45 minutes south of Perth in Shoalwater Islands Marine Park, Penguin Island allows nature lovers to view a variety of species–from penguins and sea lions to dolphins and pelicans–in their natural habitats.

-Rottnest Island. Accessible via ferry, Rottnest Island offers not only pristine beaches with turquoise waters, but also opportunities to see a variety of wildlife, including fur seals and humpback whales.

What Is the Spear of Destiny?

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Spear of Destiny
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Holding a Doctorate of Philosophy (DPhil) in theology from Christ Church at the University of Oxford, biblical researcher Dr. Antonio M. Wilson specializes in apocalyptic scripture and ancient writings. In addition to authoring the Behind the Faith book series, Dr. Antonio M. Wilson participates in archeological digs that seek to discover relics that help answer biblical questions. One example of these relics is the Spear of Destiny.

According to biblical scholars, the Spear of Destiny is the lance that pierced the side of Jesus Christ following his death by crucifixion. Accounts vary as to the providence and authenticity of the several lances purported to be the Spear of Destiny, which is also known as the Holy Spear, the Holy Lance, and the Lance of Longinus. Among these, a piece of the Spear of Destiny many claim to be the part that punctured Jesus’ skin is on display at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna.

Reference to the Spear of Destiny appears in the Gospel of John, wherein John describes Roman soldiers ensuring Jesus was dead by piercing his side with a lance. Biblical tradition says Longinus was the name of the solider that performed this act. The gospel goes on to describe that once Jesus’ side was pierced, blood and water flowed out of the wound.

Ophel City Walls Finds

 

Exhibition Sheds Lights on History of Kingdom of David

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King David

 

Author and scholar Dr. Antonio M. Wilson has contributed to several archeological projects that seek to broaden knowledge about Biblical history. In 2008, Dr. Antonio M. Wilson contributed to excavations in Khirbet Qeiyafa, where researchers found artifacts dated to the time of King David.

In September of 2016, the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem opened a new exhibition that features items thought to be from the kingdom of David in Judea. The objects come from an excavation in the Elah Valley, where archaeologists uncovered evidence of urbanization that aligns with the Bible’s description of the growth of David’s kingdom.

The Bible tells of a change during which small farming communities gave way to fortified towns. In the Elah Valley, at Khirbet Qeiyafa, archaeologists found evidence of one such town. There, a modern wall lies atop an ancient wall, both of which feature hollows indicative of two gates.

Researchers have also found a number of iron stones and shards of pottery, the latter of which feature inscriptions that are the earliest written evidence of the Hebrew language. These shards include such words as “judge,” “king,” and “don’t do.” Visitors to the exhibition can view these pieces, as well as models of larger items found at the site.