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Mathematical physicist working as a high school teacher. I am an evangelical Christian first, Reformed second, Presbyterian (Orthodox Presbyterian Church) third. Happily married with three children.


Mar
7
comment According to Two Kingdom theology, could a man hold both secular and spiritual office?
Alas, I haven't yet. As usual, I can't say that I didn't have the time. I haven't made the time for it. Other things have had a higher priority.
Aug
12
comment What biblical or historical reasons have been given for avoiding creeds & catechisms?
Excellent! I would add, from a confessional perspective, that the statement "No creed but the Bible" is itself a creed. The word "creed" comes from the Latin "Credo", which means "I believe". As the Bible itself commands us to be ready to give an answer for the faith that we have, a credo is absolutely necessary.
Aug
10
comment Where, exactly, were Christ's body and soul during the Descendit?
I take it back: Hodge does address the Westminster Larger Catechism view. However, I wonder if the views above were even formulated yet.
Aug
10
comment Where, exactly, were Christ's body and soul during the Descendit?
So I've read pages 610-625 of Vol. II of Hodge, which deal with the humiliation of Christ. Alas, Hodge does not deal with any of the views I've outlined - indeed, he barely even addresses the Reformed view. He seems to address the Catholic and Lutheran views (which are interesting, though Hodge points out some major difficulties), but then Hodge does not seem to put forth his own view! A bit odd, I thought.
Aug
8
comment Where, exactly, were Christ's body and soul during the Descendit?
I will look it up - thanks for the reference!
Aug
7
comment What is the scriptural basis for believing that God wants us to know an action is morally, objectively right or wrong?
I would agree that many actions are clearly morally right or wrong. And I do think God wants us to know which is which. However, Proverbs 26:4-5 reads thus: "Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you be like him yourself. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes." Well, which is it? Answer a fool, or don't answer a fool? The answer is that we must have wisdom to discern which is the better action in any given circumstance.
Aug
6
comment Did CS Lewis see 'pleasure' as being the purpose of our existence?
Try "The Weight of Glory", an essay in the book of the same name. I think Lewis would have identified with the Piper/Edwards idea: Man's chief end is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever.
Aug
2
comment How do young earth creationists reconcile the age of the universe with the speed of light, and visible distant objects?
Are you an empiricist, then? Many things are not as they seem. As for demonstrating things, while I wouldn't limit it to mathematical demonstrations, certainly using my definition of demonstrate, many things can be demonstrated in mathematics. Also in theology, using "good and necessary consequence". Science, by its very nature, is a collection of useful falsehoods. Useful, but false. Science does not ever arrive at truth - it can only merely approximate it, and not always very well at that.
Aug
2
comment How do young earth creationists reconcile the age of the universe with the speed of light, and visible distant objects?
Yes, I am well aware that there are many such papers that "demonstrate" that the age of the universe is billions of years old. But they have not "demonstrated" that the universe is billions of years old - not a single one of those papers has done that. They can't. What they have done is show that, given oodles of assumptions, the hypothesis that the universe is billions of years old is not incompatible with such-and-such observations/calculations. That's it. That is not the same thing as demonstrating that the universe is billions of years old. You must go much further than that.
Aug
2
comment How do young earth creationists reconcile the age of the universe with the speed of light, and visible distant objects?
You write "This theory, of course, raises the question of when the 'false history' began exactly. It could have been a few thousand years ago, but of course God might have created us a few seconds ago. His hypothesis is impossible to verify and unfalsifiable, therefore it's widely rejected. Even other Creationists reject that hypothesis on philosophical grounds, as it would lead to a deceptive and inconsistent creator." See my answer for a different take on this.
Aug
2
comment What does it mean to “flee to the mountains” as writen in Mark?
Is this question better off in BH.SE?
Aug
1
comment What is the difference between Reformed and Presbyterian
@StevenDoggart: I think they would just call themselves Reformed, but if they really are Reformed, that would be a secondary label. Being an evangelical Christian comes first.
Aug
1
comment What is the difference between Reformed and Presbyterian
I would say there's probably a good chance that they are presbyterian in their polity. Greater than 50%, I should think. But they certainly might not be.
Aug
1
comment Why can't Catholicism just drop its Marian devotion?
@AndreasBlass: You could be quite right. I am only repeating what I have heard from others, not what I have researched. The wiki certainly supports what you have said: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immaculate_Conception.
Aug
1
comment What is the difference between Reformed and Presbyterian
A Calvinist would certainly agree with Calvin on election, but perhaps even more importantly, on the sovereignty of God, and how God works everything for His glory. Reformed would include Calvinist, for sure, and in addition would add covenantal theology (which I'm not sure Calvin refined as much as some later theologians). Calvin was presbyterian in polity, for sure, but it is more John Knox who was the quintessential presbyterian. To get at all three, use the term Reformed Presbyterian.
Aug
1
comment How does the Catholic church deal with the differences between the God described in the old and new Testaments?
Kind of going along with Narnian's theme here, are you interested in answers that deny your basic premise?
Aug
1
comment How do trinity-believers explain these verses from John 17?
Did you mean 'distinct', instead of 'separate'?
Jul
29
comment Where, exactly, were Christ's body and soul during the Descendit?
Thanks for that info. Actually, I don't see it anymore, myself.
Jul
28
comment Where, exactly, were Christ's body and soul during the Descendit?
@Caleb: Any update on this matter?
Jul
26
comment Where, exactly, were Christ's body and soul during the Descendit?
@Caleb: Thanks very much for looking into it!