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i am a nonbeliever, though i grew up in a fundamentalist christian home. i live in a very religious part of the US, and most of my peeps are christians. and the psych, anthropology, history and politics of christianity & other religions are super fascinating. so i need to continue to learn about this stuff...


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comment Do animals have free will?
What about women? Update where you say "men" to say "human"
Apr
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comment Why is the Bible subject to a high level of interpretation?
The problem with this is that many many parts of the Bible are unclear and could be easily clarified. Like why didn't God look into the future and say "hmmmm... people will get confused about whether Jesus is God or not, I'll add a clarification, here lets fix John 1:1 IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD, BY WHICH I MEAN JESUS CHRIST, AND JESUS WAS WITH GOD AND JESUS *WAS* GOD. That oughta do it... I'll add a few other places too. Oh, and while I'm at it, I better go clarify my stance on homosexuals, divorce, the creation story, female clergy, abortion, war, stewardship of the earth..."
Apr
17
comment Why is the Bible subject to a high level of interpretation?
Two things: A) The Constitution was written by humans; the Bible is presumed written by an infallible God. So it is reasonable to expect higher fidelity in the Bible B) The Constitution was intended to be flexible and possibly even temporary, whereas many see the Bible as one-size-fits-all forever-true, which increases the expectation on it to be easily concretely interpretable.
Apr
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comment Why is the Bible subject to a high level of interpretation?
These days it seems most of these kinds of questions get shut down for being "off topic" or some such nonsense...
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comment Why does Catholicism have priests but Protestantism does not?
No need to call people liers, that's not how this site works. Info only, not judgement
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comment What reasons does Christianity give for “Why There Must Be A God?”
@degausser - painful as it is, your families issues with your non-belief have very little to do with whether you should believe - that should be based on whether you find evidence or reason on your own.
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comment In which country is the Garden of Eden located?
3. The new rivers were named for older rivers 4. This is made up
Jun
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comment Christian significance of Tolkien and CS Lewis putting “heaven” across the sea?
TRiG - I've been reading the Chronicles of Narnia to my daughters over the past year, and they seem very consistent to me. As well as extremely beautiful. God should have had CS Lewis write the Bible.
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accepted Christian significance of Tolkien and CS Lewis putting “heaven” across the sea?