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I am a committed Christian; I guess one would best describe me as "Evangelical", though it's tough to find a moniker that works well. My Christian experience runs the gambit from Pentecostal to Catholic.

I enjoy philosophical and scientific discussions and I am firmly convinced that real, practical Christianity engages the whole person, heart, mind and spirit. Christianity is a faith that involves reason and intellect, an aspect which has been neglected in the 20th/21st century church.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:1-3


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comment Does the triune God have will by nature, or by persons?
BTW, I am not a Catholic, but Sheed has one of the most lucid and comprehensible treatments on the Trinity that I've ever read.
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comment Does the triune God have will by nature, or by persons?
@Caleb: I've added an answer which is a distillation of my conclusions on the matter. You may be interested it it.
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comment Where did the gold given to Jesus Christ on his Birth go, or where was it used?
It's asking for speculation which cannot be substantiated.
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accepted Does the triune God have will by nature, or by persons?
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answered Does the triune God have will by nature, or by persons?
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comment Does the triune God have will by nature, or by persons?
I had to remove my accept after long reflection on this question because in the end I agree with @zefciu's comment that this answer conflates the two wills of Christ (human and divine) with separate wills in the Trinity (which is unorthodox). Will is seated in the nature -- God the Father, Son and Spirit have one divine will. But Christ has two natures, divine and human and therefore two wills, divine and human. Indeed the obedience of the second Adam was realized in the submission of that human will to the divine will.
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revised What is the specific meaning of “day” in Genesis 1?
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revised The nature of Jesus's 40 days post-resurrection but pre-ascension
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comment Did Jesus have a divine biological Father?
@rhetorician: That's interesting; I've never encountered the word "creatorial" before, despite reading extensively, including very dated pieces and widely in theology. No online dictionaries seems to carry a definition (though it's quite obvious what's meant from the context). Of course, no offense was intended.
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comment Did Jesus have a divine biological Father?
Good answer, although... I wonder (1) how Jesus has an "eternal flesh and bone" body if there is no aspect of God which is, from eternity, bodily, and (2) how Jesus is an adequate response to Adam's failing if, in his human nature he is not just as Adam was -- that is, surely the second Adam is like unto the first in his human nature such that his obedience is significant in the face of the first Adam's disobedience.
Feb
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revised Did Jesus have a divine biological Father?
eye ... can *see*; creatorial is not a word; vis a vis means "face to face", not "in relation to"
Feb
20
revised Why are some denominations so against the idea of personal revelation as a source of Truth?
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Feb
20
comment The task of interpreting the Word of God - The Pope
@Grasper: Well, I think I'll not wait with bated breath on The Principle; and I am an unabashed (old Earth) creationist. I think the entire philosophical premise, that being there is some requirement that we be at the physical center of creation, is deeply flawed.
Feb
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comment The task of interpreting the Word of God - The Pope
As something of an aside, it's interesting to observe that the infamous "Galileo Affair" was not a science/church conflict but, primarily, Galileo conflicted with the Catholic church because he offered alternate interpretations of scriptures that were at the time taken to mean the Earth was stationary at the center of the universe (that and he ridiculed the Pope with one of his "fictional" characters in a thinly veiled manner, which was just bad politics).
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comment The task of interpreting the Word of God - The Pope
Importantly, it expressly forbids a lay person from offering direct explication and interpretation of scripture, limiting that ability (gifting) only to bishops. Technically, not even a priest can offer direct interpretation and can only teach what the bishops teach as opposed to the Protestant concept that ordinary people can understand, explicate and debate what the authors (and Author) of scripture teach.
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comment Does God have free will?
@Mason: Orthodoxy holds that Jesus has two natures, the human and the divine, and therefore, two wills, human and divine. The divine nature (and will) he shares with the Father and the Son. The human is his alone. In the divine he is the "perfect representation of God" (Heb, I think), in the human the perfect representation of unfallen mankind.
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revised Is God's name Yahweh or Jehovah?
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revised Is it possible to be a good Christian and be psychic at the same time?
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comment Why is “elohim” translated as “God” and not “gods”?
Point of correction. God is his essence, that is nature, is a unity; it is in persons that he is a trinity.