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Feb
15
comment What is the biblical basis for the claim that abortion is immoral?
Well spoke! +1.
Feb
15
comment What major discrepancies exist between “versions” of the Bible?
And any one of you who does not own an RSV or at least an NRSV should go out and buy one.
Feb
15
comment What denominations use gender-inclusive hymnology?
@Caleb I'm joking, but I have heard my share of "inclusive" language before. I even heard of one person who went so far as to sing, "Glory to the Mother and to the Daughter and to the Holy Spirit." (Sad part was that that was at Princeton U. (but not PTSEM thankfully))
Feb
15
comment What denominations use gender-inclusive hymnology?
And, as a matter of inclusiveness and progression in the liturgy, the line from O Come all Ye Faithful, "Pleased as man with man to dwell" will now be "pleased as punch with us to dwell." Because, you know, the history of language means nothing compared to the whims of people who might be offended (if they existed).
Feb
15
comment What denominations use gender-inclusive hymnology?
It is also a bad idea: I get confused and stop singing when words changed (I have been singing these words for the better part of 30 years... WHY WOULD YOU CHANGE THEM???)
Feb
15
comment What denominations use gender-inclusive hymnology?
As a side note: I don't care which denomination you are, that practice is grotesque and offensive.
Feb
13
comment Does the Bible condemn white lies?
@DavidStratton That's why the first sentence says that the answer is "sort of". It says a class of action which is wrong, and then it gives several counter-examples which clarify that it is not absolutely, "no lying."
Feb
13
comment Does the Bible condemn white lies?
Aquinas gives some defense of lying, as does Chrysostom, especially where a lie would be more charitable than the truth.
Feb
13
comment Does the Bible condemn white lies?
@DavidStratton That is a hard sell. The passage about the midwives is particularly difficult for the, "you must never lie" crowd. Where else in the Bible can you find someone who is so completely rewarded for doing something which was so clearly against divine law?
Feb
13
comment What is the biblical basis for believing in the Book of Mormon?
@Matt Another extraordinarily good point.
Feb
12
comment What is the biblical basis for believing in the Book of Mormon?
@DavidMorton Deut. has a similar quote, and the book of Rev. hadn't been added yet... are you saying we should throw out the NT?
Feb
11
comment Eucharist as a definition of the Church in any early universal councils before the 1054 split?
No. It is from at least three sources (one on the life of Augustine, one on early heresies, and an article by an Orthodox clergyman condemning Augustine and western theology on that point). I don't have the link to the Orthodox article, and I have too many theology books to be able to find those two quotes easily. If I were to guess, I would wager that it is in a forward to Confessions, but it might even have been a lecture I listened too at one point.
Feb
10
comment Why no specific names of false apostles and false brothers in Acts and epistles?
@brilliant I've modified the answer to restored the paragraph.
Feb
10
comment Why no specific names of false apostles and false brothers in Acts and epistles?
@brilliant Yea... that was a part of another paragraph which I had deleted. I must have missed that sentence.
Feb
9
comment Giving to the church or giving to the poor?
As a note, however: Bishop's annual appeal and Operation Rice Bowl have historically sent a greater portion of the funds directly to Catholic Charities (at least that was my experience working for Paterson Diocese)
Feb
8
comment End of the world “calculations”
@hammar That said, the statement is actually partially tongue-in-cheek. If it is not the end of the world, you win. Huzzah! If it is the end of the world, the person you're betting against will never be able to collect, because it is the end of the world. There is no way to lose money that way.
Feb
8
comment End of the world “calculations”
@hammar I disagree, this is not a knowable finite period of time (to a human at least).
Feb
8
comment End of the world “calculations”
As a general rule, you can pretty much assume that if someone says that the end of the world will happen on such-and-such a date, then you can bet money that the world will not end that day.
Feb
7
comment Is prayer an integral part of worshiping, or is it possible to worship without a prayer?
@brilliant google.com/… It is part of the definition of the word.
Feb
6
comment Why no specific names of false apostles and false brothers in Acts and epistles?
From this, and the fact that Cephas is rebuked for following, it can be taken that he was substantially to the right of orthodoxy and therefore could rightly be considered a judaizer.