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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
24
comment A Christian view of Mohammad
I realize the issues with (il)literacy involved, and I agree he was ignorant on the subject, but you're objection is a bit of a technicality: I can list quite a few book titles that if you asked me "Have you read ____?" I would say "Yes I've read that." in spite of only having listened to the audio book version. Obviously the quality of comprehension varies, but in the context of an oral culture not having "read" something does not mean the same thing as "not having a working knowledge of" it.
Sep
24
comment What is the Scriptural basis for Catholics praying to Mary and the various saints?
It's nice to see some contributions with real expertise in Catholic theology brought to bear on relevant questions! Thanks for taking the time to put quality answers like this together.
Sep
20
comment A Christian view of Mohammad
I'm not sure "never read" is a verifiable statement. "Not well studied", "didn't have a good working knowledge of", or other variants are probably more accurate.
Sep
20
comment From a Lutheran perspective, how can we attain unity of mind while disagreeing with our brothers and sisters?
This is a huge topic spanning many different aspects of ecclesiology and you want it covered from all the different theological traditons using the umbrelna term "Chsistian"? This is far too broad #or this format. What are you really interested in here? What theological framework are you using yourself and what traditions are you actually trying to learn about?
Sep
15
comment LDS Free Agency viewpoint
Calvinists believe in free will too. Only hyper-calvinsts may pe said not to and it's completely incorrect to lump all Calvinists in under a hyper-calvinist umbrella that the majority of them emphatically reject.
Sep
14
comment Origin of the saying: Ex Deo Nascimur, In Christo Morimur
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Sep
14
comment Biblical basis for two aspects of the Gap Theory
@Onlyheisgood. Editing a question to be the opposite of what was requested was totally inappropriate. curiousdannii was right no limit the original scope to match our site guidelines and did so while preserving the main thrust of the question. If you want to preserve your answer content you need a different question...so ask a different question yourself.
Sep
13
comment Was Cain a descendant of the serpent, through Eve?
@bruised Then set the record straight with an answer: "No absolutely no mainstream groups (evangelical or otherwise) hold this view. In fact most teach emphatically against it. The real roots of the idea come out of X theological movement and are only endorsed by Y." Etc.
Sep
13
comment Would Jesus weep for the souls in Hell?
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Sep
12
comment How have US Christian churches handled discrimination and segregation in the past?
This only answers one of the sub-questions and not the main question at all. Please edit to answer the primary question here, otherwise this is likely to get removed. We're pretty strict about answers matching the scope of questions and partial answers are generally only tolerated when the part they deal with is at least the main part of the question.
Sep
8
comment What exactly does it mean that Jesus Christ is the son of God?
While unlike the other place you posted this content it's potentially in-scope here, it does not seem to represent the views of any established Christian groups. Whether you are ultimately right or not is irrelevant here as the only thing that matters for the purpose of this site is that we're representing what extant Christian groups teach. Can you edit to identify who you speak for here?
Sep
5
comment What's the Biblical basis for calling God by the name of Jesus in prayers?
@davidbrainerd In spite of your personal objections to the Athenasian Creed that is actually not the reason prayers are so often addressed to Jesus. The real reason has to do with his explicit instructions about petitioning the father in his name and Scriptures which teach us things like him being the "one mediator between God and men".
Sep
3
comment How does the Catholic Church reconcile evolution with original sin?
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Sep
3
comment How do we know the Saints, the Righteous and the Holy Ones are alive and in heaven?
This is really about 4 different questions rolled into one. The first and primary one is already duplicated two other places on the site. It looks like the one about the canonization of Saints might be too. Can we get you to ask individual questions for each point here than has not been directly asked already? Thanks!
Aug
31
comment How does the Bible teach us to direct our prayers?
I think this is the gist of the available positions, but to give a real birds eye view of the territory you should probably include a note about the relative size of each category as far as adherence goes and note where the major branches tend to fit in.
Aug
31
comment How does the Bible teach us to direct our prayers?
@FMShyanguya I think you're missing the point of an "overview". Of course not all theological traditions hold the same position, but if the number of positions is relatively small it's possible to outline what they are. In this case I think there are really only 3 or 4 major positions on the issue and it would be easy to summarize what those positions are and what sort of groups hold them in the space of a good well rounded answer. This would not be the case for more complex issues or ones with more possible positions, but this issue seems limited enough to handle this way.
Aug
30
comment Are there any Catholic sects which disagree with the sinlessness of Mary?
Comments are not for discussing/debating issues. If appropriate you can edit your post to reflect any improvements or fixes you can think of in response to comments, but please don't use comments for ongoing discussion.
Aug
30
comment Are there any Catholic sects which disagree with the sinlessness of Mary?
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Aug
29
comment Is God bound to future events?
You can't say «I was just approaching it mathematically literally» and call it spot-on hermeneutics unless you think the passage was intending to make a literal mathematical point. Even if this one was, the point you made out of it is not a contradiction at all. But that's the small fish and you've got a shark on the loose. Go read some books on predestination by theologians who understand it (and espouse rather than oppose it) and tell me how often they use the omnipotence paradox to explain it relevant to their other content. I think you'll find the gist of this problem lies elsewhere.
Aug
29
comment Is God bound to future events?
Really? That's the tact you want to take in response to feedback? Fine then I dare you: go ask on BH about what sort of literary device is used in 2 Peter 3:8 and how it should be understood, then self answer to say that it is a mathematical formula and therefore the Bible is built on mathematical contradictions. Then report back with how "spot on" the community there thinks that hermeneutic is.