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Jan
19
answered Are there Christian denominations that are beginning a discussion about the fact that Jesus was really the son of God?
May
26
comment Which God do Muslims pray to according to Catholic, Orthodox and main-stream Protestant tradition?
Not all Christians would say that. Please make sure you acknowledge that the answer you give only reflects a particular perspective.
May
26
awarded  Talkative
May
23
comment Did Adam and Eve's Progeny Commit Incest?
They're already not perceived in the same way across the world.
May
21
comment Did Adam and Eve's Progeny Commit Incest?
You're assuming that the Western notions of "sister," "brother," "wife," and "husband" hold true universally. The ethnographic record is quite clear that it doesn't.
May
16
comment Is it possible for The Bible to contain errors?
Downvoted because it rests on a false premise: "For those who profess to follow the word of Christ, everyone agrees that the Bible is the infallible word of God as transcribed by many different men compiled together in one book." First, not all professed Christians even believe in a god in the first place; second, many of those who do, nevertheless reject the Bible because the books comprising it were written by fallible men, and the choice of which books to include was made by fallible men--the Doukhobors are such a sect.
Mar
19
awarded  Necromancer
Mar
7
comment Do Evangelical leaders (televangelists, megachurch pastors, etc…) not consider themselves Protestants?
So the Eastern (Byzantine) Orthodox are "Protestants"? The Assyrians? Armenian Apostolic? Copts?
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."