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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
24
comment What's wrong with the Summa Theologica?
This question was tagged catholicism and is asked in reference to terms such as Eternal Law and other RC specific terminology. I think it goes without saying that the only proper way to answer this question is to compare Aquinas to modern Roman Catholic doctrine and dogma, with the latter being the standard. With that established, your answer says almost nothing in relation to the actual question.
Oct
23
comment Why is “fornication” used to describe the actions of “Babylon the Great” in Revelation 18?
Also, I was going to clean up the formatting and link to the verse you used, but I noted that the translations you used is the NWT (New Word Translation, specific to the Jehovah Witnesses) which deviates on a lot of points from regular translations. I don't think there is anything relevant to this question in the translation of this verse, but I wanted to point out that if you want an answer specific to JW doctrine/theology, you should edit your question to specifically ask for what the Jehovah Witnesses believe about the issue of a fornication of a nation.
Oct
23
comment Why is “fornication” used to describe the actions of “Babylon the Great” in Revelation 18?
Welcome to Christianity.SE and great question. On this site I hope you will get some good pointers about the doctrines relevant to this passage. If you are interested in a more detailed word study of this issue, you might consider asking a related question on Biblical Hermeneutics.
Oct
23
asked Are there any sects of Christianity that still practice animal sacrifice?
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.