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I am what might be considered a computer architecture hobbyist, having posted some macroarchitectural and microarchitectural thoughts on the comp.arch newsgroup and the Real World Technologies forum.

My church affiliation is Presbyterian (PCA) by temperament and general belief.

I am only mostly useless. Mostly useless is slightly useful. (Yes, I liked the movie The Princess Bride.)


Mar
29
answered What does it mean to say an original Greek manuscript did not survive?
Mar
28
comment Title of Christ?
The distinction between title and name can be murky. E.g., John the Smith vs. John Smith.
Feb
15
comment Why did Jesus physically throw out the money changers instead of winning the argument with reason?
@rhetorician A relevant quote from Chesterton's Orthodoxy: "As if there were any inconsistency between having a love for humanity and having a hatred for inhumanity! Altruists, with thin, weak voices, denounce Christ as an egoist. Egoists (with even thinner and weaker voices) denounce Him as an altruist. In our present atmosphere such cavils are comprehensible enough. The love of a hero is more terrible than the hatred of a tyrant. The hatred of a hero is more generous than the love of a philanthropist."
Feb
4
revised Is calling the church the “body of Christ” merely a metaphor or is there a deeper significance?
removed controversial use of 're-incarnate'
Feb
4
suggested suggested edit on Is calling the church the “body of Christ” merely a metaphor or is there a deeper significance?
Dec
27
comment Why did God create the idea of opposites?
@RyanFrame At the most basic level, creation itself is an example of the necessity of not-a-thing: Creation is not God (creating being distinct from begetting).
Dec
6
awarded  Altruist
Dec
5
awarded  Investor
Nov
7
comment What biblical verses have been used to justify or even inspire working women?
In Acts 16:14, Lydia is mentioned as a "dealer in purple cloth", "a worshiper of God"--enough so that she met with other God fearers/Jews on the Sabbath in a city that did not have a synagogue (so they met by the river).
Oct
22
comment What properties does Christianity attribute to God
+1 I would probably have started with existence (revealed as YHWH) and tried to form a tree from that base. Also I disagree about "intrinsically possible"; I view God's limits as entirely internal (related to God's nature). E.g., in so far as God's power could be considered separately (another attribute of God, oneness, makes the meaning of such questions problematic), God has the power to make an unliftable rock (and lift it) but such violates an aspect of goodness (order, consistency, et al.).
Oct
22
comment What properties does Christianity attribute to God
Since this site's definition of "Christian" is based on self-identification (including Christian atheism allows even existence to be a not universally agreed upon property among "Christians"), restricting the question to Nicene Christianity might make it more answerable within site standards. Even so this question might be difficult to answer as attributes can multiply as one increases specificity.
Oct
21
comment What scripture tells us that Jesus laughed or was happy?
While not a description, Abraham is specifically said to have laughed in Genesis 17:17 (admittedly this is partially for word play with "Isaac").
Oct
21
comment What scripture tells us that Jesus laughed or was happy?
@Wikis The pointer to the end of Chesterton's Orthodoxy in this comment certainly seems worth noting. (I don't think revealing it would be a sin, but I did like the end of that book and upvoted that comment.)
Oct
20
comment What scripture tells us that Jesus laughed or was happy?
The Pharisees also complained that he came "eating and drinking" (i.e., having fun).
Oct
20
awarded  Yearling
Oct
8
comment “Mary has chosen the better part” but why?
"many things" brought to mind Kierkegaard's Purity of Heart Is To Will One Thing.
Sep
23
comment What are the reasons for having special names for God/ Jesus?
The use of (approximate) transliterations of scriptural names/titles may be an indication of exclusiveness or a desire for authenticity (both "specially refined orthodoxy") but such might also be used to spur curiosity about such titles. For Jews, Hebrew-based titles would also be more appealing (affirming the OT and that the gospel is "first for the Jew")--perhaps not terribly dissimilar to using KJV for the familiarity/emotional impact.
Sep
23
comment Under Catholic dogma can someone publicly rebuke the Pope like Paul rebuked Peter?
+1 Presumably the Pope also has a confessor who would privately confront the Pope with respect to confessed sins? (This question brought to mind the scene in A Canticle for Liebowitz where an abbot confesses to his underling who seriously confronts the abbot's sin.) If the Pope has the equivalent of a spiritual director, such a person would seem to have even broader ability to rebuke (assuming a confessor is limited to confessed sins).
Sep
17
answered Fallen Angels worshiped in ancient civilizations?
Sep
13
comment Was “No prophet ever came out of Galilee” sarcastic?
I am a little surprised that no mention was made of John 1:46 (Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” [ESV])