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awarded  Notable Question
Jan
27
comment Why Moses is not Sargon I?
Mosaic authorship is often more nuanced than he wrote it versus he didn't. John Sailhamer has a fascinating argument that the canonical form is the result of development that accords with the role of teachers like Ezra who were charged with making the sense of it plain for the people to understand. So Moses could be the author of the source material while at the same time bearing signs of being contemporary to 300-200 B.C.
Jan
25
comment How sound are the arguments that Melchizedek invoked a Canaanite deity when he met Abraham?
Perhaps a good comparison would be between worshipping the God of Felicity and the god Felicity. Yahweh is the God of all joy, (which is felicity), but he is not the Roman goddess Felicitas. The Romans personified felicity and worshipped her, though an orthodox Christian or Jew could deny the worship of Felicitas and worship the God of Felicity, Yahweh.
Jan
25
comment How sound are the arguments that Melchizedek invoked a Canaanite deity when he met Abraham?
Yes, it's complicated, but if the relationship of "El Elyon" to "Yahweh" is similar to "Yahweh" and "Allah" there is a major theological issue: Abraham's tithe means he not only recognizes Melchizedek as legitimate, but also superior to himself. That would be a problem if El Elyon is not the same god as Yahweh. It would undermine the fundamental messages of the Pentateuch.
Jan
7
awarded  Yearling
Jan
3
comment How do evangelical universalists reconcile their position with the designation for Judas that it would be better if he had never been born?
That was the attempt with "Evangelical". Narrowly defining the notoriously difficult concept of inerrancy is likely to promote answers to the question based on technicalities about inerrancy rather than exegesis of scripture concerning the issue in question.
Jan
3
comment How do evangelical universalists reconcile their position with the designation for Judas that it would be better if he had never been born?
For the sense of the question, it's less important that this group identify as an evangelical universalist as it is that they believe the bible is inerrant.
Jan
3
comment How do evangelical universalists reconcile their position with the designation for Judas that it would be better if he had never been born?
@Flimzy it's at least a thing on Wikipedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
Dec
30
awarded  Necromancer
Dec
29
reviewed Reject and Edit Please clarify Phil 2:8-9 with reference to the Trinity
Dec
29
awarded  Enthusiast
Dec
24
accepted What do baptists mean when they refer to an ordained baptist minister?
Dec
24
comment What do baptists mean when they refer to an ordained baptist minister?
It actually makes for a decently consistent approach. If you don't believe the sacraments are more than symbols, it's not that significant that they be administered by clergy. If you affirm the priesthood of all believers, there is not a strong distinction between clergy and laity. A pastor is someone recognized by the church to exercise their gifts. Finally, the internal/external distinctions they tend to draw means that if someone declares themselves to be a baptist church, they are either right or wrong in God's eyes, but it has nothing to do with formal recognition. Interesting really.
Dec
23
comment What do baptists mean when they refer to an ordained baptist minister?
Interesting, so being an "ordained baptist minister" means that someone somewhere has decided that you are now a baptist minister?
Dec
23
asked What do baptists mean when they refer to an ordained baptist minister?
Dec
22
comment What is the biblical basis for the centrality of preaching in worship?
Just a note: the centrality of preaching is not a universally Protestant truth. Lutherans come to mind as an example of a Protestant tradition who considers the Lord's Supper more central than preaching (which is often just 15 minutes). The Reformed tradition tends to avoid any symbolic focus on objects in general, so what may appear to be a deemphasis on the Lord's Supper is better understood as a deemphasis on the table or the elements themselves.
Dec
18
revised Is Jesus the real name of Jesus or is it some kind of translation?
Formatting, appears author's native language is not English
Dec
18
suggested approved edit on Is Jesus the real name of Jesus or is it some kind of translation?
Dec
18
comment How do classic Trinitarians answer the implications of Revelation 1:1?
"Classical Trinitarianism" excludes stuff like economic Trinitarianism. Also oneness groups who dress up Unitarianism with words like "three manifestations" or something.
Dec
18
comment Early church writers opposed to the baptism of infants?
One of the primary reasons for people to delay baptism was that there was concern that someone caught in a major sin or who lapsed during persecution would have a harder time being restored to fellowship than an unbaptized person.