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Mar
7
comment Does the Bible espouse moral absolutism or moral relativism?
But the position that the morality of an action is contingent upon societal norms is subjectivism, not relativism.
Mar
7
comment Why did Jesus use the expression, “I tell you the truth”?
Parables are the Truth too...not literally true, but still the Truth. So this position doesn't really hold water.
Mar
7
comment Does the Bible espouse moral absolutism or moral relativism?
Indeed, it is possible to be both a relativist and a universalist ("Killing people is wrong, except self defense is a circumstance that changes that--and this code is true for everyone") just as it is possible to be both an absolutist and a subjectivist ("Killing people is wrong, regardless of the circumstances--but that's just the moral code I choose to live by; you're free to choose another and it would be equally legitimate").
Mar
7
comment Does the Bible espouse moral absolutism or moral relativism?
I believe you've confused "relativism" with "subjectivism." What you're referring to is moral subjectivism, which is contrasted with moral universalism. "Relativism" is the position that the morality of an action is contingent upon the circumstances, while "subjectivism" is the position that the morality of an action is based on the subjective ethical preferences of a given moral agent. The two are not equivalent and not inseparably linked.
Feb
20
comment Is it possible to be both a humanist and a Christian?
My comment was that not all Christians believe in a god, and so cwallenpoole should have specified that his/her answer was from a specifically theistic Christian perspective rather than a Christian perspective. And no, I do not believe that the Christ believed in a god or that he ever put "loving God" as the first commandment. But that's beside the point. I was merely suggesting that cwallenpoole's answer should have indicated the particular perspective on Christianity (in this case, theistic) which informs it so as to not leave one with the impression that this is a universal view.
Feb
20
comment Is it possible to be both a humanist and a Christian?
Stop removing my comments and calling them "unconstructive" when they're clearly not. cwallenpoole's statement from a theistic Christian perspective, but belief in a god is not universal among Christians; therefore, the answer should specify the particular Christian perspective within which it is written. That's all I said. There was zero valid reason to remove it, which is why I just reposted it.
Feb
19
comment Is it possible to be both a humanist and a Christian?
@Flimzy Theistic Christianity believes that God has a great concern for human welfare, yes. Non-theistic Christianity has no such belief since, well, it's not theistic (that's not to say that non-theistic Christianity does not itself have a great concern for human welfare, of course; just that a god plays no part in it).
Feb
16
comment What's the main logical basis that is put forth by those Christians who don't believe in the existence of God?
No actual person. The Christ is an ideal.
Feb
16
comment Is Hell eternal, or do some/all escape it?
The Byzantine Orthodox would beg to differ with you.
Feb
16
comment What is the biblical basis for the claim that abortion is immoral?
Except I agree with that position as well. The argument I presented was merely "Well, if we do accept the notion that a fetus is a person, then it doesn't really change anything."
Jan
22
comment What happens to non-believers or believers of other religions after death?
The position presented here is not a universal among Christians, but is in fact a minority even among theistic Christians. The answer should be edited to reflect that.
Jan
21
comment Reason for loving/worshiping Jesus
Since El'endia Starman made an obvious mistake, I'll repeat the essence of what I said "'Significant' does not matter. So since we can safely ignore that issue, I can say that both I and the Church of Christ, Scientist hold that belief."
Jan
21
comment Reason for loving/worshiping Jesus
Why was my perfectly constructive and on-topic comment removed for allegedly being "unconstructive"? Utter nonsense.
Jan
21
comment Non-Christian/secular translation of the Bible?
I wouldn't really call Asimov or Jefferson's works (Tolstoy undertook a similar project, btw) "translations" but rather "digests."
Jan
20
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Jan
20
revised Non-Christian/secular translation of the Bible?
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Jan
20
answered Non-Christian/secular translation of the Bible?
Jan
20
comment Why does the LDS church (Mormon) put so much more emphasis on the family than most other denominations do?
Out of curiosity, if "the LDS church also puts such a heavy emphasis on accepting people for who they are, and not who we think they should be," then how is baptism of the dead justified?
Jan
20
comment Reason for loving/worshiping Jesus
You are aware that not all Christians identify the Christ with Jesus personally and that therefore Jesus is not necessarily a particularly meaningful figure in all forms of Christianity, right? Perhaps you should be more specific in your question.
Jan
17
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