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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.


Dec
8
comment Who were the “wise men from the east” (Magi) spoken of in Matthew 2?
Now we're cooking with gas ;-) Thanks for editing, that's exactly along the lines we like to see.
Dec
7
comment Who were the “wise men from the east” (Magi) spoken of in Matthew 2?
Welcome to Christianity.SE. Thanks for digging up and pointing us to a related bit of commentary. SE sites however have a pretty strong bias for original content. Quoting references is great, but can you at least provide a summary of the info and how it is relevant to the question in your own words before just copy/pasting from another source? Thanks!
Dec
7
comment How does the doctrine of the URC differ from its predecessors?
Wow, this question actually interested me but so far I'm the only upvote. That a Presbyterian and Congregationalist church ever merged was news to me and considering they are named after opposite ends of the church governance spectrum, they seem an unlikely match. Great question, hope it eventually garners an answer.
Dec
6
comment What is the difference between “catholicism” and “catholic”?
First of all, I didn't endorse it as valid alternative, only that the use questioned by the OP was an attempt at an alternative (specifically forwarded about 600 years ago by a pre-reformation group). Frankly I think it's a bad alternative. And you're right it hasn't been 2000 years, but it has been upwards of 1000, but it really didn't seem to be a potential misunderstanding in the Latin original so much as every language the creed has been translated too since then.
Dec
6
comment What is the difference between “catholicism” and “catholic”?
I'm honestly not sure what you are saying here or what bit you disagree with. I'm sure I could improve the wording of my answer but I'm not sure what I'm dealing with here as an objection. I don't think your contrast here properly represents Protestant traditions who also typically don't exclude non-members from possibly being Christians in the sense of being granted salvation. We would, however, object to the implication that any humans at all are "capable" of salvation. (Which I would even argue is contrary to the catechism you quote).
Dec
6
comment How do Creationist Christians respond to the evidence for Evolution?
@JürgenA.Erhard: Of course it does, that's exactly what I was trying to do. And I think Richard explained why: the question as it was originally written did not provide enough of a framework for this not to be just a debate thread. If the OP and answerers want this question to stand they the standard for acceptable answers to this specific question is going to have to be set high enough to stay above the fray.
Dec
6
comment How do Creationist Christians respond to the evidence for Evolution?
You might check my edit, I re-worded the YEC section. I wanted to mess with the first three points too but my wording was going to make it much more verbose. I don't think "changing facts" or "changing beliefs" is fair to either side of the YE/OE debate or any other similar conflict with science. How about "re-evaluate, find the beliefs to be sound and the apparent facts to be faulty and attempt to set the record straight on the facts" and "re-evaluate, find the apparent facts to be valid and the belief to be faulty and attempt to re-cast the belief in light of the apparent facts"?
Dec
5
comment Are the images we draw of Jesus correct?
I just looked under post notices in the mod menu for something related to sarcasm. Nothing seems to fit the bill. What. Is. This?
Dec
5
comment How do Creationist Christians respond to the evidence for Evolution?
There are a couple competing theories on this held by various Christians. If this question is going to be answered rather than getting closed as Not Constructive, all answers must include an overview of the different views including how YEC and OEC address these claims.
Dec
4
comment How to reconcile Kierkegaard's model of worship with Existential authenticity?
Does this guy have any following among Christians today? Or was did his self-contradictory view pretty much fizzle out when he tried to explain it to anybody else? Pretty much nobody I've ever heard of in Christianity thinks worshipers are just acting (or at least shouldn't be, those that are are not considered real Christians and their acting isn't considered real worship.)
Dec
3
comment How can Jesus, born of mankind, be sinless?
@JustinY: It might be possible to scope this as an overview so that correct answers would be required to cover several possibilities. There is actually some good content here already, but the question should either require one traditions view or specifically require covering all (or most) of the basis. What do you guys think about this being an overview question? Too broad?
Dec
3
comment How can Jesus, born of mankind, be sinless?
@JustinY Maybe you can pitch in and help the OP edit it into shape. Do you see the issue with it? Everybody has their own speculation on the how bit and it was turning into a vote competition between speculation rather than concrete referenced data points.
Dec
3
comment How can Jesus, born of mankind, be sinless?
While the subject matter is no doubt interesting, the question format needs to be edited to follow our guidelines. Asking for arguments from various sides is actually one thing we need to avoid. You can flag this to be reopened if you figure out a way to ask that won't turn the answer section into a vote contest between competing speculations.
Dec
2
comment What is the Toronto Blessing?
I think you got the gist of it here. It might be worth noting that it is not just churches that don't believe in the charismatic gifts that have raised objections to this movement: even the charismatic denomination (Vineyard) that Arnott was originally a part of has denounced him.
Dec
2
comment What is “new” in the New Perspective on Paul?
Welcome to Christianity.SE, and thanks for taking the time to answer. I think you are actually on the right track here: the difference has to do with how justification is defined and understood to happen. Considering that this issue is very significant and starting to be a dividing line between denominations, I think I'm going to hold out for a more thorough scholarly answer. Feel free to edit and update yours too...
Dec
2
comment What is the significance of the three different gifts (gold, frankincense and myrrh) given to Jesus by the Magi after his birth?
@Richard This would be a good time for a good overview answer explaining a couple different ideas on the symbolism, explain any groups that hold specific views as doctrinal, and roughly how each idea was derived from the text, history, or other sources. Your multiple answer thing is contrived and deliberately an example of how things could go wrong here by making a vote contest. I think it's possible to answer this question with an exemplary overview answer.
Dec
2
comment What is the significance of the three different gifts (gold, frankincense and myrrh) given to Jesus by the Magi after his birth?
Sources? Who holds this view?
Dec
2
comment What is the significance of the three different gifts (gold, frankincense and myrrh) given to Jesus by the Magi after his birth?
Please identify a source for how this symbolism was identified or at least a reference to what church tradition holds this as doctrine.
Dec
2
comment What is the significance of the three different gifts (gold, frankincense and myrrh) given to Jesus by the Magi after his birth?
This answer claims to represent tradition but fails to mention which tradition or reference any sources.
Dec
2
comment Do Paul and Jesus disagree on homosexuality?
Welcome to Christianity.SE.