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comment Did Jesus actually ever say “if you don't believe in me you go to Hell”?
@DavidStratton I actually don't know what I'm talking about. I had three questions opened and confused this answer with someone talking about John 1. My fault. :( Now I can't take off my -1. Bummer. Sorry about that.
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comment Did Jesus actually ever say “if you don't believe in me you go to Hell”?
@DavidStratton I'm not sure I understand. Context? Jesus is obviously not talking. This is obviously an introduction to John's text. Maybe a better question would be: Why do you think they are the words of Jesus?
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comment Did Jesus actually ever say “if you don't believe in me you go to Hell”?
-1. Not the words of Jesus. Simply not up for debate.
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revised Is the philosophy of René Girard compatible with mainline Christianity?
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comment Is the philosophy of René Girard compatible with mainline Christianity?
This is a quick sketch. I hope someone can improve it because I think this is an important question. There are too many subjective statements at the moment.
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answered Is the philosophy of René Girard compatible with mainline Christianity?
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comment What guidelines or rules should be used when interpreting the Bible?
Hmmm... So Hauerwas is known for being extreme. Although Time magazine named him America's best theologian in 01, he says things like, "The best thing we can do is take Bibles out of the hands of American Christians." So... take him with a grain of salt. Check out No Place For Truth by David Wells. It's not explicitly about individual vs. communal, but it historically describes how we've come to such a individualistic faith in North America. A fascinating read...
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comment What guidelines or rules should be used when interpreting the Bible?
@DJClayworth, no, I think you're right for the most part, but I do believe that communal aspects are emerging inside of Evangelicalism in North America. I think my comment was more a hope than a reality... maybe channeling the likes of Stanley Hauerwas. Regardless, stellar answer.
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comment Does an evangelical understanding of the 'laws of nature' make God seem more distant or close?
@Mike, I'm sorry I made you defensive. Not my intention. I think we just have a different way of "doing theology." For example, I don't know how this statement is defensible: "A couple well chosen scriptures also are more powerful then a library of biblical books, so imagining that such use of God's word was not noble is to express ignorance on how holy and mighty God's word is." Are you really arguing for proof texting? Because that's what it sounds like...
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comment Does an evangelical understanding of the 'laws of nature' make God seem more distant or close?
Two things: (1) This is a really broad, but important question that should probably be broken into two questions. On the one hand is a question about the immanence versus transcendence of God. The second is the question of science's role in theology. There is overlap of course, but not the kind that can be explained in a SE answer. (2) Respectfully, I think it's sad that "all that's needed is to collect a couple really good Bible verses and then just quote a commentary." I can't think of a more efficient way to cheapen scripture and devalue biblical studies. :(
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comment What guidelines or rules should be used when interpreting the Bible?
I think this is a great explanation, and I gave it my vote. However, as an Evangelical, I was a bit disappointed that you didn't attribute the "in community" to Evangelicalism. I think evangelicals have been influenced too often by American individualism, not biblical togetherness. But I believe that this trend is changing for the better.
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revised Does “no part of this world” mean no involvement in politics?
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