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Sep
19
comment Was Onan really struck dead by God for masturbating?
@LeeWoofenden: That's literally correct, but the actual act he performed is coitus interruptus. I won't quibble, you can interpret it this way, but if he were just infertile, he wouldn't have been struck.
Dec
26
awarded  Yearling
Sep
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awarded  Autobiographer
Feb
3
comment What is an overview of the main interpretations of “day” in Genesis 1?
@SoftwareMonkey: It didn't change at all, because it wasn't really a living language, it was just preserved through this text, so it was completely frozen for 2500 years. Modern and ancient Hebrew only differ as much as Shakespeare's English and Modern English, which is to say, only a little. This is surprising but true. Schools in Israel teach Bible in the original with less need for notes than Shakespeare required. I am not telling you nonsense, it is known by all Hebrew speakers.
Dec
26
awarded  Yearling
Dec
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awarded  Yearling
Oct
8
comment “Hell's Best Kept Secret” from a Calvinist Perspective
@DavidStratton: There are no nuances, you are confusing the issue of determinism with "lacking a choice". This is just a logical fallacy, and it is implicit in predestination doctrines that it does not preclude free choice, despite people's intuition.
Oct
7
answered “Hell's Best Kept Secret” from a Calvinist Perspective
Oct
5
comment Does the Bible support slavery and (white) superiority in the context of American slavery?
The Bible does not support white supremacy except in anachronistic 19th century American readings. It might be argued to support some form of semitic supremacy, since the sons of shem are favored, and these includes the semitic tribes, but this is difficult considering the even-handedness with which it treats tribes. The real bigotry in the old-testament is against Canaanites, and in the new testament it is against pagans. The white/black issue is not present in the Bible, it's a product of the 18th century slave trade.
May
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awarded  Necromancer
Apr
2
comment What scholarship exists behind the WikiSource translation of the Bible?
@waxeagle: I just finished doing it, because I have no problem with it, but you are not right--- it is personal. I am shocked that Christians, like you folks, have been able to tolerate honest people like me for so long on this site, it is in my experience unprecedented. I can't believe I haven't been banned yet. People like me cannot be tolerated in religious communities, this is why science and religion don't mix, and never have. This is why religion and the internet don't mix--- the internet is too honest. Religion asks you to lie, science demands honesty.
Apr
2
revised Does Genesis 9:5 say that God holds animals accountable for killing humans?
as waxeagle wanted
Apr
2
revised Is there a Biblical basis for not believing that Global Warming is occurring?
as waxeagle wanted
Apr
2
revised Was Onan really struck dead by God for masturbating?
as waxeagle requested
Apr
2
revised Who wrote the book of Genesis?
as waxeagle wanted
Apr
2
revised Is “the ends justify the means” compatible with Christianity?
as waxeagle wanted
Apr
2
revised Per Ecclesiastes 7:16, Does the Bible want me to sin?
as waxeagle asked
Apr
2
revised What's the point of the second commandment?
Ok, waxeagle
Apr
2
comment What scholarship exists behind the WikiSource translation of the Bible?
@waxeagle: You just don't like me, but that's ok, I enjoy being disliked! I will do as you ask. Please don't point me to policy, as I do not follow policy.
Apr
2
comment What scholarship exists behind the WikiSource translation of the Bible?
@waxeagle: The wikisource translation is not different materially from any other translation--- it's not astro-turfing exactly, it's just plugging my own stuff.