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Sep
2
comment Is ex-nihilo creationism irreconcilable with the concept of individual free will?
@vsz: These Christians believe that the Big Bang happened but not that it is the first cause.
Aug
31
comment Is ex-nihilo creationism irreconcilable with the concept of individual free will?
Yeah, you're right.
Aug
31
comment Is ex-nihilo creationism irreconcilable with the concept of individual free will?
I'm not sure the Big Bang is the most convincing argument. A lot of (or most) people who believe that the Big Bang is the first cause (in a deterministic universe) believe that free will is an illusion. The following article argues that free will is compatible with determinism, but I don't think this particular would be applicable to creation ex nihilo by God: opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/13/…
Aug
31
comment Is ex-nihilo creationism irreconcilable with the concept of individual free will?
Hausam's argument is not quite that free will is incompatible with creation ex nihilo. Rather, he argues that free will is incompatible with creation ex nihilo by an all powerful God that wishes salvation for all of his creations. Anyway, I just thought this distinction is important enough to clarify.
Aug
30
comment What percent of Christians believe Jesus was not God, and instead was messenger of God?
@PeterTurner, that's much more clear with the edit. Though the claim that Mormons don't believe in the divinity of Christ (which this answer explicitly does in point B) is just flat-out wrong. I also think that "they have different or changed scriptures" does not give any legitimate insight into Jehovah's Witnesses' beliefs about the divinity of Christ.
Aug
30
comment What percent of Christians believe Jesus was not God, and instead was messenger of God?
The wikipedia article linked to in this answer does not include this table, so it's misleading to call it a source.
Jul
28
comment What specific foods and drinks are forbidden by the LDS (Mormon) Church?
@TRiG, iced tea is still tea, and as I mentioned earlier, it's not about temperature.
May
30
comment Where is the sermon in a Mormon church service?
@MasonWheeler, I respectfully disagree. Although Mormons have a priesthood hierarchy, they also have a strong sense of equality. Offices are "rotated", and someone who is a bishop today may serve in the nursery (watching the toddlers) next week. The authority vs. individualism issue is one of Mormonism's paradoxes discussed in Terryl L. Given's People of Paradox.
Mar
28
comment Why does the LDS church (Mormon) put so much more emphasis on the family than most other denominations do?
Although this is a great answer overall, I would disagree with the statement that "LDS doctrine teaches that you have to add works on top of the free salvation presented by Jesus' sacrifice." Rather, LDS doctrine teaches that each individual must actively accept Christ's grace. "And no unclean thing can enter into his kingdom; therefore nothing entereth into his rest save it be those who have washed their garments in my blood, because of their faith, and the repentance of all their sins, and their faithfulness unto the end." (3 Nephi 27:19) But maybe that's making too much of a subtle point.
Mar
26
comment What specific foods and drinks are forbidden by the LDS (Mormon) Church?
@Narnian, the only "hot drinks" that are included in the official (minimalist) interpretation are coffee and tea (but not herbal tea). Under the assumption that the phrase "hot drinks" referred to the popular hot drinks of the time, most mormons don't interpret the scripture as referring to temperature.