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comment What is the context of Chesterton's quote: “When we bind our hearts, we free our hands.”?
A quick search did not find the quote in Orthodoxy, Heretics, or What I Saw in America (which I had downloaded earlier from Project Gutenberg); "I could never conceive or tolerate any Utopia which did not leave to me the liberty for which I chiefly care, the liberty to bind myself. Complete anarchy would not merely make it impossible to have any discipline or fidelity; it would also make it impossible to have any fun. [...] The dissolution of all contracts would not only ruin morality but spoil sport." from Orthodoxy (Ch. VII) seems only weakly related. (Should narrow the search a bit)
Jul
17
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
23
awarded  Constituent
Jun
23
awarded  Caucus
Jun
20
comment Who was the first major Christian figure to popularize a figurative interpretation of Genesis?
The end of Augustine's Confessions gives an interesting interpretation of start of Genesis.
Jun
3
revised What denominations don't believe in fasting? And Why?
removed duplicated 'would', replaced bold and italic with h2 and h3, respectively, removed isolated '*'
Jun
3
suggested suggested edit on What denominations don't believe in fasting? And Why?
May
24
comment Do the Catholic Church ex cathedra pronouncements about necessity of Catholicism to be saved still apply?
That was a substantial improvement in regard to answering the question (particularly the last section). Yet I assume that what some call invincible ignorance others call reasonable interpretative variation and it might be helpful to include how an argument for interpretative variation would be expressed. Anyway the change was sufficient for me to see this as a useful — worth upvoting — answer (it was already a very interesting and informative post).
May
24
comment Do the Catholic Church ex cathedra pronouncements about necessity of Catholicism to be saved still apply?
While this answer touches on the question by stating that contradicting statements have always been fallible, it does not really seem to answer the question of how the conflict in these teachings is resolved. It would seem to be a significant problem if the RCC is officially and knowingly promoting error by distributing the Catechism or letting public statements of error remain uncorrected. For the common Catholic, ignorance might be sufficient explanation, but for a Pope to remain ignorant seems implausible.
Apr
25
comment Why did God tell Moses to make a bronze serpent on a stick?
Much later there was a problem of the people burning incense to this bronze snake (2 Kings 18:4).
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.).