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I am a member of the Church of England preparing for ordination. I am an Anglo-Catholic, interested in the Church Fathers, in Thomas Aquinas (who isn't?), in moral theology (especially Alasdair MacIntyre), and in ecumenical theology.

My answers on this site will be from a variety of perspectives, not always mine. Certainly nothing I say is an official statement of the Church of England (except, of course, when it is).

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Jan
20
comment Why are the Psalms numbered this way in some Catholic Bibles?
Do you mean, why are the psalms in the order they're in?
Jan
14
comment What did Pilate mean by asking “What is truth?”
I've always read this as irony looking at John 14.6, yes.
Jan
12
comment Can Man see God?
@bruisedreed Though the general point (i.e. that different theologies exist, so we shouldn't necessarily expect utter consistency) is a decent one. You don't need Wellhausen's theory per se to consider that point valid.
Jan
11
comment Is all prayer supplication?
@user3293056 You might see a section in that CCC link, ¶2623: "Blessing expresses the basic movement of Christian prayer: it is an encounter between God and man." That seems a good summary to me, though doubtless there are many others.
Jan
11
answered Is all prayer supplication?
Dec
30
comment Why (and when) did the empty cross v.s. crucifix split happen?
The use of the empty cross as the "Resurrection Cross" is popular and not invalid, but it's certainly not the historical reason. It's a late C20 explanation of a shift that happened at the Reformation, IMO for fear of idolatry
Oct
28
comment Does God ever impute sin?
The AV/KJV is often going to use words that no longer mean precisely what they meant in 1611. It's worth reading some other translations to see what they make of it.
Oct
8
answered Why is vengeance for the Lord?
Sep
30
awarded  Explainer
Sep
16
comment If Protestants won't ask dead saints to intercede because there is no mediator but Jesus then why do they ask living Christians to pray for them?
@curiousdannii My answer answers the question "Why does the argument against dead Christians not apply to living Christians?" Goodness knows where I got the idea you might want an answer to that question.
Sep
16
comment If Protestants won't ask dead saints to intercede because there is no mediator but Jesus then why do they ask living Christians to pray for them?
@curiousdannii They may not answer the question precisely, but they are still very relevant. Your question is fundamentally asking why it is considered acceptable to ask living people to pray for you and the dead. My answer precisely addresses this. You have two questions in your original post: I have answered one of them; admittedly, I passed over the second, but it was irrelevant in light of the first. You are entitled to downvote: I'm entitled to find you rude.
Sep
15
comment If Protestants won't ask dead saints to intercede because there is no mediator but Jesus then why do they ask living Christians to pray for them?
@curiousdannii I'm perplexed. You ask a question, I answer it, then you edit the question, then months later you come back, object that I haven't answered the edited question and downvote. Very odd behaviour.
Aug
24
awarded  Yearling
Aug
12
comment What is the puropse of the other choirs of angels?
It is, as ever, worth reading Thomas Aquinas on the subject. Summa Theologica, Prima Pars, Quastio 108. It's not the world's easiest read, however.
Jun
23
awarded  Constituent
Jun
17
awarded  Caucus
May
31
comment Where within Biblical Scripture does it mention anything similar to the official Catholic and/or Orthodox church's hierarchy of church officials?
I haven't got time to write a proper answer to this, but you can find lots of interesting stuff in chapter III of Lumen Gentium.
May
31
revised Where within Biblical Scripture does it mention anything similar to the official Catholic and/or Orthodox church's hierarchy of church officials?
retag
May
26
comment Is the Eastern Orthodox doctrine of “the Monarchy of the Father” consistent with the Athanasian creed?
It is generally recognised that the Athanasian Creed was not written by Athanasius (or indeed written in the fourth century). It's frequently known as Quicunque Vult for precisely that reason. Moreover, this doesn't answer the question. There is plainly more to Orthodox theology than the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed, and the doctrine of the monarchy of the Father has traditionally been Orthodox teaching.
May
24
comment Do the Catholic Church ex cathedra pronouncements about necessity of Catholicism to be saved still apply?
It's worth considering the famous phrase subsistit in in the Vatican II document Lumen Gentium. It makes the concept of the true Church of Christ more complex than mediaeval documents would suggest.