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I am a scripting language connoisseur, regular expression aficionado, network geek, general lover of Linux and a frequent contributor to open source software. I transitioned to programming from other work because I was too busy automating my own work environment to actually do the other work. I have a hobby interest in cartography. For more see my personal site. Most importantly, my life is defined by the grace of God given to men through Jesus Christ. It is my ambition that everything I do would reflect His glory and point people towards Him.


Oct
22
revised Atheism is the default position. Isn't the burden of proof on the Christian to assert that God exists?
Tweaked wording to more clearly show how I think this is an on-topic question.
Oct
18
answered Why is literary style not inspired?
Oct
18
comment How did Pascal reconcile his wager with 2 Corinthians 9:7 and Psalms 50?
Now that's an answer.
Oct
18
reviewed Leave Open How did Pascal reconcile his wager with 2 Corinthians 9:7 and Psalms 50?
Oct
18
reviewed Leave Open Do I need to be rebaptized to take communion in a Catholic Church if I have no proof of my original baptism?
Oct
18
comment What are the arguments for the Exodus occuring in 1440BC or 1290BC?
Just what the doctor ordered...
Oct
18
comment Do I need to be rebaptized to take communion in a Catholic Church if I have no proof of my original baptism?
I don't see this as particularly a "pastoral" question; in your answer you note how standard doctrines and practices likely apply to a simple factual case. The only hesitation I would have is "too localized", but since it's a major point of doctrine and practice for one of the largest churches in the world, I think that's a non-issue too.
Oct
18
comment Why does Christianity claim to be the only true religion?
@DavidStratton: I'm a little skeptical, but do think this one might have a shot after your edit. Ready, set, go...
Oct
17
comment Why does God often permit his children to suffer in this world more than the wicked?
No I'm not that fickle. You'll note I used a small 'o' in orthodox -- which is a more technical way of saying basically "mainstream" except with the shifting tides of cultural popularity countered by the test of time. Big 'O' Orthodoxy is a different story altogether, but their take on suffering is also quite different than what you've proposed here. Your interpretations are neither orthodox nor Orthodox.
Oct
17
awarded  Good Answer
Oct
17
comment Why does God often permit his children to suffer in this world more than the wicked?
The source you quote is arguably one of the least respected authorities on the subject of suffering you could find the world over. And having the biggest church is probably a counter-indication of orthodoxy. Those kind of talking heads gain popularity for a day, but they come and go with the wind. History has always shown how far afield they are, and while your perception of "mainstream" may flux with the tide of popular culture, "orthodoxy" does not and if you cancel out the far-outs through time you'll find that "mainstream" isn't really expanding either.
Oct
17
comment How do protestant youth group ministers reach apathetic parents of religious education students?
Note to potential answerers: This is a subjective question. That doesn't mean you will get a free pass for answers that aren't backed up with anything. No speculation or raw opinion please, lets see first hand experience and verifiable examples. See our guidelines for handling subjective questions for help on this.
Oct
16
comment What happened to the the practice of women covering their heads?
@Mike you might consider reviewing this answer, the original question has changed quite a bit and it isn't all relevant / doesn't hit the things it needs to any more.
Oct
16
comment Why does God often permit his children to suffer in this world more than the wicked?
These philosophies are not representative of Christian doctrine from any of the major traditions. They may be popular enough among certain circles, but since you don't identify who this claims to represent, it should be noted that this DOES NOT represent mainstream Christianity.
Oct
15
comment What is the meaning of “let the dead bury their dead”?
@Wikis: I've asked the BH folks if they are interested in cleaning this up. I kind of think it's best to leave this post well enough along and if the question is really interesting to you, ask the same thing again over on BH. The overall question would be a better quality post over there if started and fully managed by that community. (But I'd be happy to migrate this too if the community there disagrees with me.)
Oct
15
comment What is the meaning of “let the dead bury their dead”?
@Wikis I thourally agree this would be a better fit there as a question. Unfortunately migration of really old questions like this causes some issues -- most notably the high vote counts would make this an oddball question over there. Until SE starts resetting votes on migration questions like this put extra load on the receiving community to downvote/remove answers that are poor matches in the receiving site. I'm tempted to just leave it here with one of the banners noting that this is only valid as a historical question not as prove of ontopic.
Oct
15
reviewed Reviewed Why did God speak Hebrew?
Oct
15
comment Why did God speak Hebrew?
Welcome to Christianity.SE. Can you edit this answer and add some references for the ideas you forward, particularly showing who holds such a doctrinal position and what their basis is? In particular the idea that the language issue at Babel affected people's ability to communicate with God as that is not a mainstream Christian understanding. See What makes a good supported answer? for more ideas on how to formulate answers for this site. Thanks.
Oct
13
comment What is the moral status of common-law marriage?
If a state requires a legal action to recognize marriage and two people wandering around declaring themselves married without having done the legal step, then they are guilty of lying too. But this whole discussion is arguing over chaff ... the main point is that the state doesn't define marriage in the first place, we only follow its laws in so far as they are consistent with Christian doctrine and are binding on us as citizens.
Oct
13
comment What is the moral status of common-law marriage?
@ZackMartin: You're trying to pull out a detail that ought to stay set in the big picture. Two atheists are sinning by not acknowledging God's reign in their life. Defining a specific sin in the context of over-arching life of sin isn't very helpful. As for your specific question, if the state requires registration and two people don't do it, then yes that would be sin by way of not regarding the law of the land. If it doesn't require it, then it doesn't really matter. But the state not requiring something doesn't lower the standards for what marriage is.