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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.

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comment What evidence is there for the Resurrection of Jesus?
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Aug
26
comment Defense of ancient Enoch authorship
@Malachi No it doesn't sound like a BH question at all. It specifically asks for defenses from tradition (off topic on BH) and also specifically rules out textual and historical analysis (which is what BH could provide). As asked, this is very much more at home here.
Aug
22
comment What do Protestants who deny transubstantiation do with the remainders of wine and bread after the Eucharist?
@Flimzy and VTCers: Of course there isn't a single answer. But there are only four or five main options and it's pretty easy to summarize how it's dealt with across a broad range on traditions. Answering this is not outside of what I would expect of a reasonably researched and presented answer in this format.
Aug
21
comment What is the Protestant argument against Immaculate Conception?
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Aug
21
comment If God “shows no partiality,” how do Calvinists defend predestination?
As others have noted, this is is a demonstrably incorrect answer. This is simply wrong in its attempt to represent Calvinist theology.
Aug
14
comment What is the physical evidence for a local flood?
@bruisedreed Did you review the context of this post and the other comments before leaving that comment? You might disagree with the conclusion that I and others came to about this post, but dropping a canned comment on it without interacting with the previous observations in a bit tacky.
Aug
7
comment Was Satan created to accuse, or has he assumed that role in rebellion?
@Nathaniel I realise there is some variance between beliefs on this issue, but this question is scoped as an overview already: evangelicalism is an umbrella for some disparate ideas but it also rules out a lot of things. To my knowledge explaining the limited set of takes on this issue can reasonably be done in the length of a good answer here and it shouldn't be too hard to fairly represent each one like it would be for a more involved theological issue. I don't see a minefield here like I do for many questions. If I'm missing one I'm asking for somebody to point it out specifically.
Aug
7
comment Was Satan created to accuse, or has he assumed that role in rebellion?
Ping me if this actually gets closed as "primarily opinion-based". By my reading it's well enough scoped. To those VTC'ing this, would you mind explaining your reasoning?
Aug
5
comment What kind of clothes did Jesus wear?
I think you should check your time-line of the Old Testament. Cloth and even the making and dying of it is talked about thousands of years before the Jesus was around. Saying the only clothing available was animal skins is a patently ridiculous notion both the Biblical narrative and all other known history of the last few thousand years.
Aug
4
comment How many copies of the Bible are there per capita?
You might find this question interesting and the research related: Is the IKEA catalogue being distributed in more prints than the Bible?
Aug
2
comment Is there a biblical reason to limit information about creation to Genesis?
I've reverted the question edit because yes, changing scope 2 years into an open question that invalidates all answers doesn't work. That's stuff that needs to go down on questions early in their life-cycle.
Aug
2
comment Is there a biblical reason to limit information about creation to Genesis?
@MrB Your edit would have made every valid answer to this question it it's first 2 years of existence into NAA fodder. Editing is great but don't change (much less reverse) the scope of old open questions.
Aug
1
comment How have Protestants explained how Jesus could be born of mankind and be sinless?
@curiousdannii Re your comment and flags: I agree this is not representative of the general Protestant position at all. But it does seem to be a valid answer in that it purports to answer the question that was asked. It's just wrong. And we don't moderate the site based on right or wrong answers, only whether the intended scope of the question is being addressed or not. This is neither NAA nor VLQ, it's just factually wrong which is a time for downvoting (and/or commenting) not flagging.
Jul
27
comment According to the penal substitutionary atonement view, why was Jesus' punishment not eternal?
I don't think this is broadly representative of Christian views on this issue. The understanding of the nature of death being one thing separated from another allows, in a sense, for God to die. God the father turned his back on his son and the Son experienced what it was to be cut off from the fellowship of the trinity. Lots more happened at the cross than the death of his body alone!
Jul
25
comment What did Jesus mean when he spoke of drinking new wine in his Father's kingdom?
What exactly is your question here? Could you be more specific about what in this wording doesn't make sense to you or what aspect of Christian teaching on heaven, the sacraments, etc. you are asking about?
Jul
16
comment Why was Esther not sinning when she broke the law and approached the king?
My tradition (and I have sources but not handy so this isn't an answer yet) is that there is room for civil disobedience in matters where the state goes against God's word (and some add concience). The idea is that the state still has the right to punish you for thattdisobedience and you have to submit to that even if you cannot obey the law. See also Daniel, Peter and John in Acts 3, etc. In fact commentaries on Act 3 are probably the place to get your Easter answer.
Jul
13
comment What is meant by “God is Omnipotent”?
No it's not accurate. That's the Wikipedia definition (and it's rubbish), not a Calvinistic definition at all. This answer is blatantly inaccurate in suggesting that Calvinists agree with that definition.
Jul
12
comment What is meant by “God is Omnipotent”?
This is not just a wild guess, it's a complete miss. That is simply not an accurate way to describe Calvinist's view of the meaning of omnipotence.
Jul
10
comment Fake Jesus reincarnations
@Robert The ESV translation has some hold over phrasing from much older English than you are perhaps used to seeing (it's from the same translation family as the KJV and has kept some wording choices from ASV). The sense here in the original is very emphatic indeed—more so even than "will" conveys in strictly modern parlance. You'll find it translated "will" in some translations, but the language construct here is not a bad translation, it's just one you're not accustomed to and hence don't feel the force of.
Jun
17
comment How is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary celebrated within the domestic church?
This is quite a different question than the one you were proposing. This one seems to take as a premise what would have been the answer to your proposed question (that I said would work here). In this format isn't this sort of self answering? The question states "it's not usually observer", yet the title is asking "how is it celebrated"? Do you indent a question about how it should be celebrated? Is so according to who?