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A Christian would probably say I'm an atheist, and an atheist would say I am religious. I read the new testament, and much of the old-testament. I also translated a few old-testament books from Hebrew to English.

I find Bible literalism repugnant. God doesn't ask you to lie about physics, biology, or history, nor about the textual history of the Biblical texts.

I like Christian theology because I think it is the most progressive of all the old-world religious systems. I am very impressed with the way that Christians can denounce bad past practices, while keeping the core message alive.


Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Feb
3
comment What is the specific meaning 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
26
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
22
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 Are there Biblical reasons why a Christian should not believe that Global Warming is happening
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.
Apr
2
comment In light of Mark 10, how can Christians in good conscience purchase luxury items?
The example of luxury items you bring up is unfortunate, as Jesus himself is asked by Judas why wash his feet at the last supper with oils, when the money could feed the poor. Jesus answers that the poor will still be there, but the son of man is only here for a little while. So this means that there are circumstances where luxury is ok. But the question of how a Christian can justify wealth is important--- it is a conflict between capitalism and Christianity that has been there for a while, so +1.
Apr
2
comment Should women give sermons?
I opened a discussion regarding the erasure of the only attempt here at a Christian Feminist answer : meta.christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/1036/… .