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I have been writing code since I was 12 - I started with BASIC on a Commodore VIC-20. First computer I owned was a Sinclair ZX-81 on which I progressed to programming Z80 assembler by the time I was 13. I consider programming to be a lifetime learning experience.

Most of my professional experience has been programming in C and Java primarily in the networking and communications arena. More recently JavaScript for web and mobile applications enters into the mix. In the early professional years there was Pascal and COBOL and in the 90's a fair amount of iSeries CLP and some RPG. On the markup side of things I have had to learn a working knowledge of HTML, CSS and various dialects of XML, including SOAP (XML) web services.

My programming hobby activities are mostly in Java, but I enjoy dabbling with a variety of procedural, OOP and functional languages and the many hybrids thereof.

Of a personal nature, 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. 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 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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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.
Oct
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revised What is the Scriptural basis for Modalism?
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revised What is the Scriptural basis for Modalism?
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answered What is the Scriptural basis for Modalism?
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comment What is the Scriptural basis for Modalism?
@TheDukeOfMarshallשלם: No the ecumenical creeds are not scripture, but they are an incredibly valuable commentary on scripture and synopsis of critical doctrines -- one would be very wise to pay attention to what they say. Also the authorship of the creed is unknown, so we can't say whether it was one man or several.
Oct
17
comment What is the Scriptural basis for Modalism?
This is interesting, but it doesn't answer the question.
Oct
17
comment Is love in a human being immanent or is to say that heresy?
I think you want to say, "..demonstrates the innate love and compassion...", or perhaps "inherent". Whether that's actually an accurate statement is a different question (though I think it is; I think the fall marred but didn't erase the image of God). As Jesus said, even those "who are evil, know how to give good gifts to [their] children").
Sep
22
comment Sex outside of marriage is a sin. But what about “less than sex”?
@AndrewVit: You are right; I stand corrected and offer my sincere apology (and I've deleted my comment). I must've edited my post in response to your comment and forgotten about it in the 2 year interim. It was an honest mistake on my part; nonetheless, it was my mistake.
Sep
20
comment Praying to people outside the Trinity
I mean, by way of example, the battle against the Prince of Persia that delayed Michael in coming to Daniel in Dan 6 (IIRC); and specifically not interceding to God on our behalf, which prerogative scripture seems to reserve for the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Sep
19
comment How does intercession of saints and Exodus 20:3 not clash?
@Peter: I caught the reference the first time -- but I frankly think in this case the Catholic Church got it wrong. Just labeling it anagogical doesn't make it good exegesis. Also, before we get carried away on a side-issue, notice that I give a much better defense of the practice that the question asks about in my answer to the question this duplicates.
Sep
19
comment Praying to people outside the Trinity
@Peter: Tobit is not recognized as canonical by protestant churches, so it will hold no weight outside of Catholic people (and maybe Orthodox? I don't know if their canon includes the apocryphal books).
Sep
19
comment How does intercession of saints and Exodus 20:3 not clash?
I'm quite sympathetic to Catholicism in general, but I too concur with @JustinY; using this version from John to imply the purported meaning is a stretch at best and wholly unwarranted at worst. (Though, on an unrelated note, it is a compelling argument for Jesus having no other brothers whose mother was Mary. :-))
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comment Praying to people outside the Trinity
As well, there is absolutely zero indication in scripture that angels ever intercede on behalf of humans; they are consistently portrayed as messengers (the literal translation of the word) and their job appears to be to deliver messages, labor in the heavenly realm on our behalf, especially contending with evil principalities and powers, and to minister to our needs.
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comment Is Partialism a real heresy?
Perhaps it's the case that while the word "partialism" does not occur in these reference texts, the idea of separating God into non-coequal parts, is. It certainly seems to be one of the ideas of multiple heretical sects, both old and new. Certainly it seems the idea of Partialism is a heretical one.
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revised Who created God?
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comment What is the Biblical basis for an Old Earth?
@Steven: Actually, I would counter your argument by stating that while Adam and Eve were likely created mature, that in fact there would be no physical evidence of age in them. That is, there would be no liver spots, their DNA would reflect no telemere loss, there would be no plaque build-up in their arteries, etc. They would only have a superficial appearance of age, whereas the universe has a deep and pervasive appearance of age such that it's only the (mis)interpretation of scripture that would give rise to the idea of a young creation.
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revised Is gender a property of essence or existence?
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