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Sep
6
comment Atheism is the default position. Isn't the burden of proof on the Christian to assert that God exists?
@Jeff if a word has two meanings and one is religious, and I choose that one in a religious context, I am using English correctly. All major vocabularies agree on this definition. I am not going to waste any more time on this.
Sep
6
accepted Why does God not show Himself beyond reasonable doubt?
Sep
6
accepted Why should I choose one particular congregation or denomination?
Sep
6
awarded  Scholar
Sep
6
accepted Resurrection of the body
Sep
6
comment Where did Noah find polar bears and penguins in Palestine?
This answer does not hold water, as @Rex pointed out.
Sep
6
comment Is Leviticus 14 describing a cure for leprosy?
Mmm, nope. You can't hide it under the carpet like that, sorry :) since it's the Word of God, then what exactly has been fulfilled in this case? Are you asserting that this ritual actually used to work before Christ? If not, what?
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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