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May
4
comment Are birthday celebrations ungodly?
@SonicTheHedgehog. The dance of the seven veils, of course. Though personally I prefer Oscar Wilde's take. Very very dark. (Though a production of the opera I once saw on television had her kissing the severed head of John the Baptist, in an image which I'd thankfully forgotton till your comment brought it back to me.)
May
4
comment What is the Catholic position on Exodus 20:4?
Sounds like whoever assigned that one to the Catholics was trying to make some sort of point. I hope you thanked the priest for being patient in the face of such blatant rudeness.
Apr
28
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Apr
26
comment What is the Christian perspective on deceptive brain messages?
Greg, no, I've not read the book; just that excerpt. I didn't say it was pseudoscience. I just said it sounded like it. And referencing scientific studies is something most pseudoscience does. Does he reference them honestly? Working that out would take quite a bit of research effort.
Apr
26
comment How diverse or united is Christian history on the imagery of “Father” and “Son”?
Many people will say that God is "beyond gender" (which is a reasonable assumption), and yet go on to use exclusively male language. This has unfortunate implications and unintended effects, which the feminist language is directly intended to redress. Usually, the feminists are merely making explicit what is already an implicit doctrine. That people feel uncomfortable with that is an interesting window into their own biases.
Apr
24
comment What is the Christian perspective on deceptive brain messages?
You call this book an example of "modern science". Is it? And if it is science, why does it read so much like pseudoscience?
Apr
23
comment The Grace Gambit
@MarcGravell. Zoroaster wasn't a deity: he was a prophet (and quite possibly one of the first monotheists). The deity is Ahura Mazda. Get your mythologies right!
Apr
23
comment How do Creationist Christians respond to the evidence for Evolution?
Well, the "documentary" Expelled is known to be fraudulant, quoting many of its interviewees out-of-context. This is, in fact, an excellent example of how Creationists react to Evolution: they lie about it.
Apr
20
comment Are High School Pride Pep Rallies anti-Christian?
@ThomasShields. Agreed. Also, "having her repent afterwards" sounds like an uncomfortable degree of attempted mind control. Slightly creepy.
Apr
19
comment How do Christians exercise self-control in the abstinence of food during fasting?
And, having made that comment, I then went on to do precisely that, not eating from one lunch to the next. This was not intentional.
Apr
19
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Apr
16
comment How do Christians exercise self-control in the abstinence of food during fasting?
Be very careful with health concerns. I could do that fast easily (I have been known to do so, simply because I was distracted and didn't get around to eating). For others, it could be quite damaging. Everyone's different. Don't try to be a hero about it: that helps no one.
Apr
16
comment Does following Christian spiritual law extremely, cause one to sin more?
@Jason. Yep. Priests raping children was not, actually, particularly common or a special scandal. It happens in all sectors of society, and was not markedly more common in the church. (Other forms of abuse, in church-run schools and disiplinary institures, up to outright slavery in Ireland's Magdaline laundries was a different matter.) The scandal was not in the rapes. The scandal was in the cover-up. And that's a rot which runs all the way to the top.
Apr
15
comment What is the basis for Theonomy?
Doctrinal scope? Witnesses avoid politics. And as an ex-Christian atheist, I find 1 Corinthians 5:12 to be one of my favourite scriptures.
Apr
15
comment How should a Christian put a decision in God's hands if there is no logical answer?
Well, there's Biblical precedent for drawing lots. How about a coin toss?
Apr
8
comment Do Jehovah's Witnesses celebrate communion?
@Caleb. "If they have some equivalent" is actually a good phrasing here. The Memorial the Witnesses do is certainly similar in form to communion, and derives from the same scriptural passage, but their understanding of its meaning is very different. So is it equivalent, or isn't it? Hard to say, really.
Apr
7
comment Is it possible to be Christian but not interpret the religion as fact?
@WhatAboutJohn3_17 I like that alot.
Apr
5
answered Is it possible to be Christian but not interpret the religion as fact?
Apr
5
comment Does transcendental meditation conflict with any Christian beliefs?
It's bound to contradict some Christian belief somewhere.
Apr
4
comment Did Jephthah sacrifice his daughter?
@Flimzy. If my memory is right, Hebrew inflects more for aspect than for tense, so translation can be tricky.