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Aug
30
comment Does Christianity claim the Bible to be God's ONLY Word?
Makes me wonder what Scientology's take on this is.
Jan
11
comment If Jesus was Sinless and had Free Will, how is the rest of creation not a mistake?
@Caleb - There is no difference between "contrary to" and "just not a part of in the first place", other than what words you are using. Either God could do something and chose not to, or God could not do it. Saying "could but was contrary to his nature" is trying to equivocate out of a contradiction. Also, as it happens, the logic does apply to me because I was infinite in the first place but it was contrary to my nature, so I wasn't.
Jan
11
comment If Jesus was Sinless and had Free Will, how is the rest of creation not a mistake?
@Caleb - Awesome, I am omnipotent. I can do everything, except that which is contrary to my nature. Which happens to be almost everything, in my case. I can, however, eat an omnipotent snack.
Jan
11
comment Is Christianity with reason wrong?
@MasonWheeler - If you think there is even the possibility of faith having to be based on data then you just backed of your whole post about how reason has that as a limitation but faith does not. Are you saying you believe that reason can not prove faith but can disprove it? Thus it does need correct data to be correct, thus it is not blind faith?
Jan
11
comment Is Christianity with reason wrong?
Note that faith also suffers from the limitation that it needs correct data to be correct, but in the case of faith you simply choose to ignore that problem.
Jan
11
comment Is Christianity with reason wrong?
The assumptions made by religions change over time as well. People just think of it as having an unchanging truth and human understanding of it as changing. Which can just as well be said of truth revealed by reason, or of any belief at all. I've never bought this argument.
Nov
21
comment If Jesus was Sinless and had Free Will, how is the rest of creation not a mistake?
So you are saying that God could have created humans that were sinless and human like Jesus, but it's contrary to God's nature to do so?
Nov
19
comment How many Bibles--not translations--are there?
And obviously there are the denominations, religions, cults, or whatever you choose to categorize them as, that identify themselves as Christian and have a book that the leader wrote himself and calls a bible. Or another bible with his "corrections". They would be difficult and perhaps contentious to count, and probably aren't what you mean.
Nov
18
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Nov
18
comment If Jesus was Sinless and had Free Will, how is the rest of creation not a mistake?
"What is possible for him to be and become is not necessarily possible to create" - doesn't this suggest god is not omnipotent? Also, is this just something you think or is it part of Christianity? And is point 2 part of Christianity?
Nov
18
comment How do young earth creationists reconcile the age of the universe with the speed of light, and visible distant objects?
@jimreed - You would be voting to close precisely because it is a real question.
Sep
30
comment Why is the Bible a foundation of theological evidence?
let us continue this discussion in chat
Sep
30
comment Why is the Bible a foundation of theological evidence?
@jrdioko - That's why I never answered the question - a meaningful answer would be off topic for this site.
Sep
30
comment Why is the Bible a foundation of theological evidence?
@jrdioko - If that's your definition of Empiricism, sure, that's a basic belief. However, there are probably few people who have ever lived who don't believe knowledge (not everyone would believe all knowledge) comes from sensory experience. Also, it seems a much more conservative basic belief than a basic belief in a particular large religious text -well along the way towards having as a basic belief as specific as the belief that you voted for the correct candidate in the last election, for example.
Sep
30
comment Why is the Bible a foundation of theological evidence?
@jrdioko But the scientific method is not really the same, in the sense that you actually can't use the exact same argument you use to prove your point to prove the opposite of your point. And the reason for that is that your argument has to take into account, ultimately, the direct experience of your senses, and therefore attempting to simply use the opposite of the argument will fail. This is important because it gives some method of potentially determining who is correct other than everyone claiming they are right on the basis of basic beliefs that can't be challenged.
Sep
29
comment Why is the Bible a foundation of theological evidence?
@jrdioko see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basic_beliefs - if it's your basic belief that the Bible is not the foundation of theological evidence then that the Bible is not the foundation of Christian Theology follows. It's a tautology, but as a basic belief it must be one, so it doesn't need any backing up.
Sep
29
comment Why is the Bible a foundation of theological evidence?
@jrdioko - But if it is a tautology, one could argue just as strongly that the Bible is not a foundation of theological evidence because the Bible is not where we find the description of what Christianity is and what it's about, so argument by tautology isn't very convincing, to say the least.
Sep
23
comment Why is the Bible a foundation of theological evidence?
It does sound like a tautology. It is a tautology.
Sep
2
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