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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.
Jun
20
comment Historicity of which Biblical characters is recognized by Archaeology/History?
Job is hard to place (for one) since there are two versions of his story and it is the oldest book in the scriptures. To understand what that means, it means that Job was in antiquity when Moses was leaving Egypt.
Jun
20
comment What are the main differences between Reformed Protestant Biblical Theology and Covenant Theology?
This discussion of grammar should go in chat guys.
Jun
20
answered How should a Christian deal with destructive higher criticism of the Bible?
Jun
20
answered Did Jesus wear tefillin?
Jun
20
comment Did Jesus wear tefillin?
This isn't an answer, but given that it was a Jewish practice, the Jewish Christians did it but did not require (as was generally the case) the Gentile Christians to do so. To get the Gentiles to do so would be have been regarded as Judaizing.
Jun
6
comment Christian significance of Tolkien and CS Lewis putting “heaven” across the sea?
No, the Chronicles are not inconsistent - there is no ret-conning, only further fleshing out of the image. As one who is a bit of a tale teller, there are two ways about it - one is Tolkien's, but his is not the only way. Most story tellers rely on intuition to keep the stories in check - and Lewis' intuition and imagination - though not always his rational faculty - were a finely tuned machine.
Jun
4
comment What things did John the Baptist say that the elders and priests did not believe?
Priests and Elders = Sadducees and Pharisees, roughly. Similarly, lawyers and scribes are somewhat interchangeable... recall that the Sadducees were the temple caste, so the priests would have likely been Sadducees, and the elders - or 'rulers' of the synagogues would have been Pharisees.
Jun
4
comment What is Christus Victor?
It may also be making the point that there are no mechanics of atonement - which is the orthodox position.
Jun
4
comment Which doctrines are based solely on the apocrypha?
I think the proper name for them is Deutero-Canonical - lit. 'second canon'. Apocrypha, if I recall, is the term Protestants used at one time to demean the books as dubious.
Jun
4
answered Christian significance of Tolkien and CS Lewis putting “heaven” across the sea?
Jun
2
comment What is the basis of my fractured understanding of “Sola Scriptura”?
I believe I covered that in pt 1: 'Scripture is the only source for Christian teaching, morality...'
May
15
comment Christian Position on the meaning of Faith
@MasonWheeler there is no way to perfectly understand anything perhaps, but understanding still has a meaning - it means that your puzzlement about said thing is satisfied.
May
11
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May
2
comment What is the Biblical basis for the doctrine of the Trinity?
Elohim had different uses, like, in Psalm 82 it is translated 'gods', even though it was likely a euphemism for the rulers or judges of Israel. Sometimes it meant 'the sons of God', which could mean the Angels or even the righteous people. The term is vague, but the Fathers have understood Genesis to point to the Trinity nonetheless.
May
2
comment Are non-Anglican Protestant churches ever named after extra-biblical saints?
Concepts, usually, like the name of a city named after a saint. I'm piqued and amused by this defense, including dear Luther's, always. Tickled pink indeed. They don't really avoid it, I remember a church named 'Grandview' - what was Grandview? No idea. It was 'just a name' - would it not be better to name a church after someone who was at least good, rather than a place, which - what is it? But this is more an issue of Patronage, and Patronage is the reason for saint-naming.
May
2
comment Mary's painless birth
It is traditional that Mary did not experience the pain of childbirth. This is theologically significant since it represents the reversal of the curse in Genesis. But we Orthodox hold that it is more a grace granted her by God than some kind of mechanistic result of her not doing bad things.
May
2
comment What are the main points of dissent between Cyril of Alexandria and John Chrysostom?
when I have time I'll look it up. In the end Cyril repented of his scorn of John - a vision was what set him straight.
May
2
revised How is original sin transmitted?
Excerpt; further description, first line edited