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Antiochian Orthodox Christian, Computer Programmer and all around geek.


Oct
3
comment What Scriptural basis has been used in Christianity to support the idea that a fetus posseses the soul?
Well, but wives were treated as property as were slaves, not that it made them nonalive or nonhuman.
Oct
3
comment What could persuade a presumably otherwise-rational Satan to turn on God?
This is a legitimate question. And there are some patristic speculations, opinions if you will, on this matter.
Oct
3
comment When do catechumens go to confession?
Similar in the Orthodox tradition, though usually this is considered a 'lifetime confession', since it involves everything up to that point, not just since the last confession.
Oct
3
answered Original sin and its consequences
Oct
3
comment Original sin and its consequences
Different, I think.
Oct
3
comment How should a Christian deal with destructive higher criticism of the Bible?
According to my professor of Early Christian studies, it is assumed that it would have been written down by his disciples. So, if this document did exist (which they are fairly certain of) it would have been written down by his disciples, because many of the quotes were spoken in private and thus, only to those within his following at the time (as the Scripture itself indicates numerous times.)
Oct
1
answered The Last Judgement: a civilized trial or a barbaric ordeal?
Oct
1
answered Did the early Church Fathers have a complete agreement on how to interpret 1 Peter 3:18-20?
Oct
1
answered Are Christians supposed to suffer?
Oct
1
answered What is the origin of a stole?
Oct
1
comment What is the origin of a stole?
I also see that there are different kinds of 'stole' - orthodoxwiki.org/Stole <- you're referring to this, right? It's a Roman style orarion, essentially. So the style is Roman aristocratic, but the essential garment is the 'orarion' or 'epitrachelion' - priestly neck garments that are probably older than history.
Oct
1
comment What is the origin of a stole?
In Orthodox tradition, the Stole has particular vesting prayers associated with it, short psalm verses referencing the beard of Aaron. The style may derive from Roman aristocracy, but that doesn't make it 'nonpoor' clothing.
Sep
12
comment Historicity of which Biblical characters is recognized by Archaeology/History?
The Greek Septuagint is significantly different than the Hebrew Masoretic.
Aug
31
awarded  Yearling
Jun
20
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
20
comment Did all disciples of Christ's apostles consider priesthood a sacrament?
Given the universality of the priest as a figure in human existence - one may be confused about the nature of Christian priesthood. We have priests ironically (from the Orthodox perspective) but this can only be understood if you understand the liturgy. The laity are by consequence not individually priests - as not all are deacons, prophets, etc. The priest is a priest because he offers the sacrifices, in this case, the 'un' sacrifices. Priesthood is itself universally sacramental, given that this is a constant, to argue against the point borders on absurdity.
Jun
20
comment Did all disciples of Christ's apostles consider priesthood a sacrament?
As a side note (I mentioned below) 'priesthood of all believers' does not necessarily mean that all believers are individually priests. When we use the ending 'hood' or 'head' or 'ship' (Germanic) the use is not sufficient condition to conclude individual, independent possession of that property. Would we say the 'Godhead' implies that the members are individudally Gods? No. Where does this idea of the priesthood of all believers even come from? It is simple - it comes from being members of the body of the High Priest himself. Disappointing perhaps, but logically solid.
Jun
20
comment Did all disciples of Christ's apostles consider priesthood a sacrament?
It's worth noting that the priesthood of all believers doesn't necessarily make believers individually priests - in the same way when we talk about the Godhood (Godhead) we don't mean that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are individually Gods. Instead it has to do with the sacramental nature of Christian life itself, and given that we compose the body of the High Priest himself- Christ - we are certainly part of the priesthood. But our role in it is not the same, so the 'priesthood of all believers' cannot be understood as the Aaronic priesthood, but as membership in a body.
Jun
20
comment Did Jesus wear tefillin?
It could still be considered a criticism of the practice, as for instance he criticized their practice of fasting and praying as well. It may be more proper to say that he is not criticizing the idea of Tefillin, but rather the actual practice. Whether the Pharisees were 'doing it right' and that was exactly what was wrong or if they really were doing Tefillin wrong - that I can't answer.
Jun
20
comment How can the sun be created after day and night?
@AndrewVit morning is the beginning of the light of day, and evening is the end of it. The ambiguity is intentional, it seems, but it is trying to say that light isn't the sun, but that the sun is a particular carrier of light. No clearer way to show this than to explain that light - and day and night - exist before the sun and moon.