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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.


Sep
18
reviewed Reviewed Does the Bible prohibit marriage among step siblings?
Sep
18
revised Does the Bible prohibit marriage among step siblings?
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Sep
18
comment Why is Adam considered the original sinner?
It might be worth clarifying those points in this answer.
Sep
18
comment Why is Adam considered the original sinner?
The line of reasoning you claim is the basis for the Federal Head understanding of original sin is not actually the basis. "This means" in your answer seems to point to a biological reason, but that theological view basis itself on much more than that.
Sep
18
revised According to Mormonism, are there immortals on the Earth?
Minor change to link text, I had to read the original sentence a couple times before it made sense.
Sep
18
revised According to Mormonism, are there immortals on the Earth?
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Sep
18
comment What are the primary differences and implications of a propitiatory view of the atonement versus an expiatory view?
@andypotter: Converted to comment. Feel free to edit your existing deleted answer to make it a full answer rather than a comment, then flag this question for a moderators attention and we can un-delete it!
Sep
15
comment We're only in heaven for a short time?
@E1Suave: I'm having a hard time thinking of how to reference this. I specifically answered with a 10,000 mile overview of the issue. And specific references I give are likely (actually guaranteed) to be from a very specific perspective and deal in details that cloud the issue rather than clarify it. If you really want details about how to interpret the various references to heaven, you're going to have to pick a perspective to read from.
Sep
15
comment Does being a “state church” give the Church of Scotland any doctrinal distinctive?
@JamesT: A state mandated obligation to hold a particular confession sounds like an item worthy of a full answer!
Sep
15
comment According to Reformed Theology, What is the greatest assurance of Salvation?
What would that teach you? More importantly for SE sites is how would that benefit the internet? We don't think it does. You could ask an overview question about what all the different perspectives on assurance are which could be only answered by covering a wide range of options and assigning them to different traditions, or you can ask about specific sets of beliefs either by way of explanation or comparison. What you can't do is ask which one is right. Does all this make any sense?
Sep
15
comment According to Reformed Theology, What is the greatest assurance of Salvation?
Think about possible outcomes to this question for a second: If you asked for a right answer about what assurance do we have, you might get a reformed answer that says our assurance is X, a charismatic answer that says we have no assurance at all, and a Mormon answer that depends on secret ceramonies. Which of these answers are you going to choose to accept? All of them are going to get upvotes from people in their respective traditions and downvotes from people who believe them to be bogus.
Sep
15
comment According to Reformed Theology, What is the greatest assurance of Salvation?
I didn't say I'd commented anything else, I was on mobile and this is a difficult problem to explain. Just slapping a tradition name on a question is really a bandaid as I said, but the real problem is that not all questions are even appropriate here. Often you seem to be digging for a truth answer -- a judgement on what right or wrong doctine in a matter is. By all means do this in your Christian walk, but this isn't a good outlet for that. Those kinds of questions are inherently problematic even with bandaids applied.
Sep
15
comment What is the significance of the name “Jesus”?
Ok that was a case of poor reading on my part as you do cover it to some extent. I rewrote things to put the main point first, then build on that. Feel free to revert if I've mis-represented your answer, but I found the original hard to follow and hope this makes your point clearer.
Sep
15
revised What is the significance of the name “Jesus”?
Rearranged to answer the question, then build on it. Fixed some English issues.
Sep
15
comment What is the significance of the name “Jesus”?
This is good stuff, but it doesn't answer they question. Why is the name "Jesus" and not "Bob"? The things you show would hold true no matter what his name was.
Sep
15
comment Is it true that Luther claimed Popes and priests commonly practiced sodomy?
@Dan General info about figures in Christian history are on topic, and certainly anything said by a major theologian is fair game. You could argue this is a bad question, but not on that basis.
Sep
14
comment According to Reformed Theology, What is the greatest assurance of Salvation?
Just adding that phrase is really a band-aid solution to a problem that needs a re-write, but I'm going to let it go for right now because I don't have time to help with the re-write. Maybe somebody else can jump in here and help while I'm out...
Sep
13
comment According to Reformed Theology, What is the greatest assurance of Salvation?
Whehter or not Christianity is divided on it (it's a point of disagreement at least), the constituency of this site is certainly from many ends of the spectrum. You cannot just throw questions like this out at "Christianity" here..
Sep
13
comment According to Reformed Theology, What is the greatest assurance of Salvation?
Please consider this closure just a timeout zone until you scope this in a way that is answerable and that people can verify answers. Some traditions will say spreading in tongues is assurance, others special sealing ceremonies, others being fruit of the word ... without any scope of who you want to learn about this won't go anywhere productive.
Sep
13
comment Does being a “state church” give the Church of Scotland any doctrinal distinctive?
So am I correct in understanding that the primary distinctive here is some kind of mandate to extend coverage to all regions of the state, but what church itself looks like / teaches is still up to the church to decide?