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Aug
18
comment Is there a respectful way to dispose of old or worn out scriptures?
I think I would choose to burn a Bible rather than bury it, if I ever had to dispose of one.
Aug
18
comment When did the use of formal, seminary-type education begin and why?
If you're asking when the Catholic church started requiring formal education, Canon Law 250 makes that requirement (although its enforcement appears to be somewhat haphazard)--but I don't know when it was enacted.
Aug
18
comment When did the use of formal, seminary-type education begin and why?
Luther's education had practically nothing in common with seminary. He was a monk, and devoted all of his time to prayer and study.
Aug
18
comment When did the use of formal, seminary-type education begin and why?
Wikipedia claims they started as a response to the reformation. Do you want more than this in an answer?
Aug
18
comment What is the difference between the Amish and Mennonites?
I'm a Mennonite, and I know of at least one or two other regulars here who are as well.
Aug
18
comment Which denominations teach of a resurrection on Earth?
I think this is a good answer, and deserves an upvote, but it doesn't actually answer the question! Although in this case, I think it's the result of a poor question, not a poor answer.
Aug
18
comment Which denominations teach of a resurrection on Earth?
I think a lot of Christians either believe in a physical New Earth, or don't know if the New Earth is/will be physical. I think the number of Christians who explicitly believe in a purely spiritual heaven, at the expense of a physical one, are probably in the minority. There is a fair amount of Biblical evidence that "heaven" is/will be a physical place (Jesus' resurrected body was physical, after all!) and little (or none??) that it won't be. So I think this question kind of has things backwards.
Aug
15
comment Do Mormons practice “soaking,” and is it an officially sanctioned activity?
@fredsbend: Yes
Aug
14
comment How is the view of guaranteed salvation for infants justified?
I have edited the title to match the current question, and to no longer ask for opinions.
Aug
13
comment Is there any evidence to support a preference for second-career pastors coming disproportionately from IT?
OTOH, I've also had/known pastors who were previously truck drivers, writers, postal workers, pizza delivery boys, and a ton of other things, too.
Aug
13
comment Is there a scriptural example of a non-believer speaking on God's behalf?
I think this is a good answer, but it would be much better with scriptural references to the various persons and stories you mention.
Aug
13
comment Is there a scriptural example of a non-believer speaking on God's behalf?
The original title was opinion based. I think after my update (of which I hope you approve) it probably isn't any longer.
Aug
13
comment Is there any evidence to support a preference for second-career pastors coming disproportionately from IT?
One of my (IT) coworkers is now a pastor in his church, and slowing moving toward full-time there. I also recently read an (IT) book by a pastor... it's an interesting question.
Aug
13
comment What are the fruits of the Spirit?
@AffableGeek: I'm not sure how you got all of that out of my comment...
Aug
13
comment How is the view of guaranteed salvation for infants justified?
@fredsbend: The question is asking explicitly for opinions: "Is this view unjust?" It's a truth question. Adding the scope "according to those who believe that infants go to heaven" doesn't help. If anything, it makes the scope so narrow so as not to exist at all!! ("According to those who believe infants go to heaven, is are they, themselves, wrong?")
Aug
13
comment What are the fruits of the Spirit?
There are many lists of "fruits of the spirit", and none of them is meant to be exhaustive.
Aug
12
comment How well supported is the generic interpretation Rublev's Icon as being a depiction of the Holy Trinity as portrayed in Genesis 18?
This question is very broad, since you ask for 4 distinct answers. Can you narrow the focus by asking about a single denomination?
Aug
12
comment How can a non-physical God create a physical universe?
How many physical beings do you know which can create physical matter? To create physical matter requires being beyond physical matter, doesn't it? Anyway, this is a question of philosophy, and not really on-topic here.
Aug
12
comment During creation the Bible says, God saw that various things were 'good'. Did He not know they were going to be good?
+1 for using my cake example. haha
Aug
12
comment Are humans above angels?
It's also aserted by various Bible study materials such as this one, but that doesn't seem to be strictly Biblical.