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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.


Jun
16
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You have just 1 helpful flag, 1 review and virtually no experience on our meta site. If you haven't been doing any of the janitorial and community service related things you already have access to what makes you think you are really interested in this position? And more importantly, how are we to trust that you know how this community works and how best to deal with our sometimes unique problems?
Jun
16
comment What would the Catholic Church's hierarchy look like without the Vatican?
What if such a catastrophe were to occur when the cardinals were already convened for some reason—say the selection or inauguration of a new Pope. Are you saying some cardinals are kept physically separate to avoid such an occurrence or just that it is unlikely as they are normally not together? This seems like an incomplete treatment of the theoretical issue.
Jun
14
comment Isn't Jesus's suffering over magnified by the Catholic Church?
@Peter Is there really significantly different to warrant a separate question from another perspective. Your own comments seem to indicate not. How would the current top answer here not be a one-to-one match with the other question?
Jun
13
comment Biblical basis for non-practice of Kiss of Peace
I'm not sure how "obviously a metaphor" this would have been in the first century middle east but this fails to make a convincing case beyond citing western cultural assumptions. Where I live the default assumption is quite the opposite because a litteral kiss (on the cheek) is standard greeting practice.
Jun
12
comment What is the relation between Christianity and Islam
This is still FAR too broad for a single question on this site.
Jun
12
comment What is the relation between Christianity and Islam
See also: Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?
Jun
11
comment Which Bible verses support adult-only baptism?
@bruisedreed The argument generally made from this is weak against the opposing view because instead of addressing the actual position it addresses a straw-man caricature of the opposing view and presents an argument against that. Additionally the verse itself is weak support for the case made with it because it does not actually do what you just paraphrased it as doing. The question posed was not a general one that can be said to explicitly address all cases, the eunuch was asking about his particular case. If that distinction does not register, maybe you could ask on Biblical Hermeneutics.
Jun
7
comment Are we saved by grace or works?
Verses are good, I cannot think of a single Christian group of whom this way off connecting the dots would be representative. What doctrinal position are you perporting to speak for here?
Jun
6
comment In Genesis, how did the first language come to be?
@LCIII Rather than responding to comments in comments, you really should incorporate any clarifications you think would be helpful into your answers.
Jun
6
comment When did the Catholic Letters get called the Catholic Letters
Mod Notice: <comments removed> Hey knock it off both of you! @david if you want to answer the question, answer the full question. In the mean time reserve the comment section for suggesting improvements or requesting clarification on posts — they are not for discussing issues (or even less constructive past-times).
Jun
6
comment What is the basis for not believing sola-scriptura?
+1, even though I personally believe some of the premises used here are shaky and the conclusion misguided, this certainly correctly identifies the primary argument against sola scriptura and does a good job representing it. Would that all answers gave their content such a fair shake.
Jun
4
comment According to Two Kingdom theology, could a man hold both secular and spiritual office?
This does not answer my question. I am not asking about Calvin's views, I am asking specifically about the modern Two Kingdom theological movement. This may or may not be the same as Calvin's views, that would be something an answer would have to establish, which this does not do yet. Perhaps you could edit to cover that, but as it stands it does not even touch on my question. Now Horton's own views might speak to this, but what you quoted seems to be him talking about Calvin not him talking about what he believes.
Jun
4
comment Heart, Mind, Soul and Spirit
I'm pretty sure your very first statement of «The soul is your entire essence.» is inconsistent with classical Christian formulations that tend to take a more holistic approach and exclude the possibility of totally disembodied humans. Only God is identified as spirit, all created things are identified with some physical manifestation even if (as in the case of our resurrected bodies or angels) it is not immediately apparent to us what that manifestation is.
Jun
4
comment Why are most Christian beliefs match with the spiritual practices of the Ancient Egypt?
You have miss diagnosed the issue with votes on this question. There is no rule that askers have to assume belief and there are plenty of highly upvoted questions from athiests (example). I believe the issue here has more to do with the lack of research and clarity on what you are actually asking (what do you expect to learn about Chrisianity out of this?
Jun
3
comment Why do creationists not teach of a literal firmament?
@curiousdannii Your answer suggests that the solution is that some things are literal and some figurative and this one must be figurative. I think that muddies the water with a hermeneutical debate that does not need to be involved because, as David's answer points out, YEC'ers can and do take a literal view of this, but a "literal firmament" does not mean "solid mass of water" is this OP seems to be confused about.
Jun
3
comment Is Jesus the reincarnation of Adam?
According to you and who? Of what Christian group's views is this supposed to be represntative?
May
30
comment Would organisms genetically descendent from humans fall under the purview of the Catholic defined God?
@gideon Your objection is absolutely baffeling to me because I am an adament creationist myself that totally rejets Darwinian evolution. If anything this answer would hinge on that premise as it identifies God as creator. Yet still I don't think the issue hinges on that for Christians from either school of thought.
May
30
comment Does the bible contain a definitive explanation of morality?
@gideon Romans does not indicate a natural goodness in humans! Quite the opposite it has some of the most direct expressions of total depravity in Scripture. It does say we have some inherent knowlege of good/God but its very clear on our inclinations being to do evil in spite of knowing good.
May
30
comment Does the bible contain a definitive explanation of morality?
@gideon I'm sorry but you are just wrong on that point. In fact 19.V above blatently cotradicts your objection by spelling out that all men (Christians and not alike) are bound by the ten commandments. You aopear to be completely missing the distinction in 19.VI that it is not our obedience that saves us. We are none the less obligated to obey. And most Christian traditions do officially hold the Ten Commandments as a basis for morality, however much we may fail to be moral the standard is set. Jesus even reitterates this point blank.
May
30
comment Would organisms genetically descendent from humans fall under the purview of the Catholic defined God?
@rpeg I attempted to demonstrate by an example answer how I think this can be treated as an overview question. To that end I edited the Catholic bit I don't think makes sense here out. For whatever reason you stuck it back in, rendering the wording of my answer out of place. Is there any reason you actually want specifically the Vatican and only the Vatican's statement on this? Your previous comments led me to believe that is not what you were after. The gist is the same, but tho answer would need to be framed differently.