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"It'd be a shame if anything were to happen to this nice question of yours."

COMPUTER BACKGROUND: Experienced (enthusiast) animator in blender and povray, interested in applying skills to iphone game dev. I'm fluent in using povray's "C-like" scene description language to make complex projects, and have been studying Objective C tutes like mad for months.

DAY JOB: Semiconductor failure analysis.

RELIGIOUS BACKGROUND: Raised in LC-MS Lutheranism. Currently member of evangelical (Chinese) congregation. Religious influences: Luther's theology of the Cross, the "free grace" sermons of Tullian Tchividjian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Cost of Discipleship, Ron Sider's Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger.


Dec
20
comment How pure were the witnesses of the martyrs?
Typing this question makes me think God was wise in choosing a very learned man to be the chief NT author. Millions may have had saving faith, but not as many could probably explain it as well.
Dec
20
comment How Does the Big Bang theory compare to Biblical Creation?
It's only a duplicate if you assume that YEC is "the" position. Old Earth Creationism, which is not addressed in the titles of the two proposed duplicate questions, would hold the Big Bang to be compatible with Genesis. Young Earth Creationism often discounts the Big Bang altogether.
Dec
17
comment If Adam and Eve were exempt from death, why did they need to eat?
Physical exertion requires energy. If you have a physical body and climb a mountain, it will require energy to raise your mass to a higher potential energy. Same with many physical tasks such as sowing, sawing, etc. Eating is the way to get energy.
Oct
30
comment Natural law, accident
Natural law is simply consequences. Things with really bad consequences, we say violate natural law.
Oct
28
comment What's a list of theological terms to describe how one approaches the bible?
@rhetorician, why don't you Answer this and I may start a new Question with my refined interest.
Oct
27
comment Is there a converse of “judge not, lest you be judged?”
Romans 3 is such a passage
Oct
25
comment What's a list of theological terms to describe how one approaches the bible?
@rhetorician, your link is exactly what I'm looking for. Ultimately, I am trying to understand differences between Jerry Falwell's "Bible-believing" or Fundamentalist approach, and the methods some extremely theologically conservative Lutherans, who have explicitly gone through denominational splits over interpretation methods.
Oct
25
comment What's a list of theological terms to describe how one approaches the bible?
No, not eschatology. Differing schools of thought on how to be literal. And just extended definitions; no assessment if best ones, if possible, thanks.
Oct
24
comment What have prominent theologians said about Halloween?
@fredsbend Instead, should I have asked for a list of Catholic opinions? Which list would be correct?
Oct
23
comment What have prominent theologians said about Halloween?
My interest lies in the issue of what you say to the boy in the skeleton costume. Do you confess to him that he has just celebrated something demonic and he needs to perform a rite of cleansing (throwing away costume) to save himself? But I don't want opinions of you all. I would like citations of similar themes from prominent theologians.
Oct
23
comment Christian Toleration
I think some of the objection to the exclusivity of Christianity comes from folks who view themselves as decent people trying to be good (vs. Romans 3). Hell becomes incredibly unjust idea. But it's ultimately fault of poor Christian preaching.
Oct
23
comment Christian Toleration
I think this answer engages in too many platitudes without enough citation.
Oct
22
comment What made Luther a heretic and not a schismatic?
I'm a bit doubtful that sacraments were key to his departure. Can you back that up a bit more?
Oct
22
comment What made Luther a heretic and not a schismatic?
@PeterTurner, regardless of whether he were correct, he writes down his perception that the priests and popes (at the time of the 95 Theses) violated canon law. Your question does make me wonder whether canon law applies to popes.
Oct
22
comment What made Luther a heretic and not a schismatic?
The word "pope" occurs 36 times in the 95 Theses, and "canon" 8 times. The pope-mentions disprove your claim that at the time of the 95 Theses, he wasn't upset with the popes. The canon-mentions demonstrate he was pointing to violations of Roman Catholic canon. Furthermore, your use of the quote of "remission of all penalties whatsoever" doesn't match the use in the 95 Theses. In context, he says the canon law doesn't allow pope to get you out of parking tickets. I'm not saying good cases could be made either way on this Question, but there's multiple factual problems with this Answer.
Oct
22
comment What made Luther a heretic and not a schismatic?
He viewed the popes at the time as rejecting core tenets of a Roman Catholicism.
Oct
21
comment Were those who perished in the flood of Noah eternally damned?
There's also those who believe it literally covered the erets (world), versus those to believe it literally covered the erets (country, inhabited region).
Oct
18
comment Did church fathers ever deal with “Bible requires brutality” critics?
Philemon's a good message: Give up a brutal practice because of a Christian principle. I'm looking for: Don't give up Christianity because of those who twisted it into brutality. The threat of New Atheist approach (link above) is real: they say when we quote Matt 25, we ignore the rest.
Oct
18
comment What are Lutheran teachings on salutary effects of communion?
Great insight. Could you expand, and give some reference? Why would doctrine of communion be brought up at all in reference to a complaint about sin and non-love, if I got the point of this old communication wrong?
Oct
18
comment Does Catholic doctrine teach that the Incarnation would have taken place regardless of Adam's decision?
Great topic, but I think the question rambles a bit before getting to point.