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Apr
16
comment What should a Roman Catholic call their “home prayer station?”
@davidbrainerd The question is clearly about what they should or can be called without infringing on doctrine or canon law, which, as far as I can tell, only seems to speak to what they shouldn't be called. What you can Google to find pretty pictures is irrelevant.
Apr
14
comment What should a Roman Catholic call their “home prayer station?”
Can you reconcile either of those (or any variation of altar) with Roman Catholic dogma? (Or the noted canon laws?)
Apr
14
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Mar
21
comment What is the key scriptural justification for the existence of a traditional afterlife?
Not sure what you mean by a "traditional" afterlife, but in addition to Jesus' repeated allusions to it: The resurrection (and subsequent ascension into heaven, if that's not clear enough).
Mar
21
comment What are the primary differences and implications of a propitiatory view of the atonement versus an expiatory view?
But, maybe I'm misunderstanding what you're saying. You're clearly very well read in this arena. And perhaps I'm trying to brush off differences in the language and poetry under the asserting that they're attempting to explain the same, ineffable reality. Whereas, it's starting to seem more like you're ultimately concerned with why the language [and poetry] itself differs between the cultures. If that's the case, I'd defer to the longstanding notion that "Gods meets us where we are." Different folks need different poetry to fall in love.
Mar
21
comment What are the primary differences and implications of a propitiatory view of the atonement versus an expiatory view?
Interesting looking book -- I might have to get it. ... In any case, I'm still skeptical that the underlying mystery has changed. Some of the theology and language surrounding it may have. But, just glancing around some old writing, like Chrysostom on Romans 3, I still get a strong sense we only "call" the "salvific" act by one name or another to "call to mind" a particular characteristic of it. And certainly, different cultures will be sensitive to different imagery and language. Different "angles" on the same, unchanged doctrinal mystery.
Mar
21
comment What are the primary differences and implications of a propitiatory view of the atonement versus an expiatory view?
Yeah. It felt like it was getting lengthy -- and the topic is huge. But, I think the trend in the U.S. is towards "expiatory" salvation language, probably on account of soft, sensitive American hearts. But, the notion of "payment" and "appeasement of wrath" isn't necessarily gone -- it's almost always a matter of simultaneously acknowledging the mystery and "meeting people where they are."
Mar
21
comment What are the primary differences and implications of a propitiatory view of the atonement versus an expiatory view?
@Daи I was pretty sure I didn't have time to furnish an answer today. But, you caught my curiosity. So, the naughty, distracted employee I am, I put something together. I can't promise it's authoritative. But, I think the included references at least show both terms being used in conjunction to paint a single, mysterious picture of salvation.
Mar
21
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Mar
21
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Mar
21
comment What are the primary differences and implications of a propitiatory view of the atonement versus an expiatory view?
Weird. The U.S. Catholic Bibles I have available render Romans 3:25 as expiation. But, I'm not unfamiliar with propitiation as a concept. And in either case, I get the feeling that the language is a "poetic" explanation. I suspect older traditions use both terms and concepts, as appropriate to the times or culture, to help explain an ultimately mysterious salvation plan.
Mar
21
comment What are the primary differences and implications of a propitiatory view of the atonement versus an expiatory view?
How did you arrive at the understanding that these are largely east-west tendencies?
Mar
20
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Mar
18
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Divorce because of sexual immorality
Mar
18
comment Is there any credible writings that demonize redheads?
Any resources you can refer to?
Mar
17
comment How do Trinitarians interprete John 5:26?
@user1361315 Does my edit help?
Mar
17
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Mar
16
comment Roman Catholic: Is piracy of information and media wrong in all circumstances?
Church doctrine is deliberately vague in respects that require the ruling of an informed conscience.
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16
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