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I've been a Christian since 1985, and a member of East Heights United Methodist Church in Wichita since 1994, though I no longer live in Wichita. My theology is Wesleyan/Arminian, but I don't think all Christians must share this view.

I believe that the Bible is inspired but not inerrant, that it was written to teach us about God and not the physical universe.

I believe faith is not an intellectual pursuit but a transformation of our entire being.


Jan
22
reviewed Approve polygamy tag wiki excerpt
Jan
22
comment Which Reformation theologians used the analogy of water and ink for sin?
If I had to guess, I'd say Luther is the most likely candidate. However, a search of water+ink at CCEL turned up nothing. The closest result was a passage in Calvin's Institutes, talking about how the cuttlefish hides by squirting ink into the water.
Jan
22
comment What are the biblical arguments that the Bible canon is NOT closed?
I think there is a discrepancy between the title and the question. Are you asking specifically whether the Bible canon is open--i.e., additional books could be added to the Bible? Or are you asking more generally about whether God continues to give new revelations--i.e., the Bible is not the only source of truth?
Jan
2
comment Did the pool of Bethesda have healing powers?
Do you have a reference for this?
Jan
2
comment How were the books of the New Testament chosen?
@BenMordecai From a Protestant perspective they are unnecessary. According to the principle of Sola Scriptura, whatever is useful in them can already be found in the canonical books.
Dec
31
comment What are the best ways to refute the position that Paul started Christianity?
Although there are some who claim Paul invented Christianity, the article linked at the top of this post does not make that claim. It does claim "The Apostle Paul and his followers define what became Christianity," and that is irrefutable. If you're looking for an explanation of the resurrection, or of sin vs. grace, or of salvation through faith, or of the nature of God, you're going to get it from Paul. Jesus' own teachings were centered around holiness and the Kingdom of God--important subjects, but they don't really define Christianity.
Dec
31
comment Did Matthew the Tax Collector author the Gospel?
@GregoryMagarshak "How do we know Mark didn't copy from Matthew?" --This question has been tackled in hermeneutics.SE; see hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/questions/1367/… . For the other side, that Mark did copy from Matthew, see hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/questions/1366/… .
Dec
22
comment Protestants and Sola Scriptura adherents: When was scripture alone sufficient?
@curiousdannii; Different Protestant groups define sola scriptura differently, in reference to church traditions. John Calvin, for example, would have said that all traditions must have support from Scripture, whereas Martin Luther would have argued merely that traditions must not contradict Scripture.
Dec
20
answered What is the case in favour of adelphopoiesis as a relationship akin to marriage?
Dec
20
revised What is the case in favour of adelphopoiesis as a relationship akin to marriage?
edited based on chat discussion http://chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/18954757#18954757
Dec
13
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Dec
11
comment Is the Society of St. Pius X schismatic or not?
@curiousdannii I don't know. I've removed that part of the question.
Dec
11
revised Is the Society of St. Pius X schismatic or not?
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Dec
11
revised Is the Society of St. Pius X schismatic or not?
try again--now asking what has happened since then, rather than what has the group itself done
Dec
10
revised Is the Society of St. Pius X schismatic or not?
Expanded and rephrased to explain what the question is all about
Dec
4
awarded  Popular Question
Nov
20
comment What is the origin of the Good Friday tradition?
@Beestocks Yes, I addressed that in a later comment. Apparently the Wednesday crucifixion is a doctrine held by a Saturday-worship group other than the SDA. Sorry for my earlier misstatement.
Nov
19
awarded  Populist
Nov
10
comment How do creationists explain the geologic column?
I'm not a creationist, but you don't have to look very hard to find that the geologic column was first outlined by creationists decades before Darwin published Origin of the Species.
Nov
10
comment Is a claim of 50,000,000 Baptist martyrs accurate?
That book promotes the concept of Baptist successionism--the idea that every group in church history that was opposed to infant baptism was a predecessor of modern Baptists. This includes the Paulicians and the Cathars, gnostic sects that had little in common with Baptists. Even if the 50 million number is accurate (which I strongly doubt) it includes many people who were not actually Baptists.