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Sep
6
answered Is rock music sinful / immoral?
Sep
6
asked Is Leviticus 14 describing a cure for leprosy?
Sep
5
comment Atheism is the default position. Isn't the burden of proof on the Christian to assert that God exists?
@cal [citation-needed] I've been looking around at all major dictionaries, and various Christian sources and authorities and they all point out that faith does refer to the definition above (or equivalent).
Sep
5
comment Atheism is the default position. Isn't the burden of proof on the Christian to assert that God exists?
@Caleb: Christianity cannot be older than Christ... you are mixing Christianity with Judaism -- whereas science has been around at least since the Greeks. Religion, on the other hand is probably older than Science (but one could argue there was not much distinction initially between the two).
Sep
5
comment Did God create the serpent in the Garden of Eden?
Did you mean if ( THING && THING !== GOD ) { Assert(THING.creator == GOD) }? Otherwise you are setting the creator to GOD yourself, which is like cheating ;-)
Sep
5
comment Atheism is the default position. Isn't the burden of proof on the Christian to assert that God exists?
@Cal: The dictionary disagrees: Faith: 2. Strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof. google.co.uk/search?hl=en&q=define+faith&meta=
Sep
5
comment Why does God not show Himself beyond reasonable doubt?
While this is clearly the kind of answer I am looking for, I feel it's a bit unsatisfactory: "Why can't we have proof?" "Because God" doesn't really make me understand. Not that I can expect to understand, but it feels a bit... incomplete... :-)
Sep
5
comment Why does God not show Himself beyond reasonable doubt?
Why should I demand proof (or not)? What are the theological reasons?
Sep
5
comment Effectiveness of prayers of intercession
I am the downvoter :-) If you can make it clearer that you mean what you explained in the comment, I'll be more than happy to change the vote.
Sep
5
awarded  Analytical
Sep
5
comment Effectiveness of prayers of intercession
There is clearly a way of having a control group: patients that are not being prayed for. Both groups will have random natural remissions, however the prayed for group should show statistically more remissions than the control group to show correlation. This also corrects for placebo, etc.
Sep
5
comment Why does God not show Himself beyond reasonable doubt?
Sure: why is that?
Sep
5
revised Why does God not show Himself beyond reasonable doubt?
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Sep
5
comment Why does God not show Himself beyond reasonable doubt?
I do not object to the use of the Bible. I strongly object to forgetting that there are lots of non Christians not believing the evidence you call reasonable. Therefore, either the proof is not reasonable, or the people disbelieving it, are.
Sep
5
awarded  Talkative
Sep
4
comment Why does God not show Himself beyond reasonable doubt?
Jesus is an historical figure, certainly not someone I can chat with :-) So, I wouldn't really count that as valid proof.
Sep
4
comment Why does God not show Himself beyond reasonable doubt?
I think you totally lost me here. I am asking: why does not God give away cups of coffee, but you are saying he does? Not to me, honestly.
Sep
4
comment Who created God?
@fli: that does not prove that God is not an effect, nor that the Universe is.
Sep
4
comment Why is the number seven special?
It's definitely not a Judeo/Christian thing: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/7_(number)#Religion
Sep
4
comment Why does God not show Himself beyond reasonable doubt?
I think there's a big range of proof that could be given, starting from no proof, total faith (what we actually have today) and total proof, no faith (what you are suggesting). I claim "reasonable" sits somewhere in the middle. Could you expand your answer so to analyse that as well?