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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...


Apr
23
comment Are there any studies on why some doubters quit faith and others double-down on it?
To answer "Well, God works in peoples hearts" or something like that is probably not a good answer -- I want to know what Humans have learned about such phase changes in belief
Apr
23
asked Are there any studies on why some doubters quit faith and others double-down on it?
Apr
23
comment How do schisms in the church fit into the plans of a monotheistic God?
The cliques in a HighSchool divide students into competing groups that look down on each other, and often have negative outcomes. The clubs in a highschool though give everyone a place to thrive based on their natural skills, histories and perspectives. I think God would want different Churches to be more like clubs in this respect, but humans go cliqueish anyway. Worth noting: I'm an athiest, but this is how I see many types of exclusive groups -- when divisions are used to help diverse individuals to grow, that's good; when they cause fights and holier-than-though attitudes thats bad
Apr
23
comment How is it that an unchanging and omniscient God can have “regret” as He did in Gen 6:7?
@warren - how is it Just to execute nearly every human being alive, including the kids, no matter what their sins? thats what seems unhealthy to me
Nov
29
comment Significance of virgins in the Catholic church
+1 for "1st grade". My question was maybe a 4th grade question, but anyway... :)
Nov
29
comment Significance of virgins in the Catholic church
"female saints who took vows be a spouse of Christ" - is there any sort of church endorsement of polygamy in this concept? i mean if we are supposed to be like christ and christ has multiple "spouses", well, should i take multiple wives? i know the answer is "no, there isn't" but it is interesting to think about -- why isn't this idea an endorsement of polygamy? i know in protestantism there is the idea that the church as a whole is christ's spouse, but i hadn't heard of it at an individual level...
Nov
15
comment Virgin birth in other religions and relevance to Christianity
@Richard - actually, based on my participation in other SE sites, I have to agree with you. i understand why they designed it that way, but it seems to cause problems... peace
Nov
15
comment Virgin birth in other religions and relevance to Christianity
@Richard - ok, I get your position here. However, this attitude is a huge part of why I had to walk away from Christian faith -- Christian truth as a completely closed system... If it's not in the Bible or codified in some church's official doctrine, then it's not a relavent piece of information to a Christian worldview... sorry, but to me that just seems so backwards.
Nov
15
comment Virgin birth in other religions and relevance to Christianity
@Richard - if the answer is "there is no relevance" that must still be on topic. I specifically phrased the question from the POV of what a Christian might make of this. How is this more off topic than the Flood question for instance? And I specifically phrased it not as "what can Christians learn from those faiths" but instead "what can Christians learn from the fact those faiths believe similar things" which is a pretty different concept... I dispute this close as off topic.
Nov
15
comment Virgin birth in other religions and relevance to Christianity
@PeterTurner - ok, I think the terminology confusion is mine, sorry. it's been a long time since I spoke of this stuff... but that's why I'm on this site, to learn. thanks
Nov
15
revised Virgin birth in other religions and relevance to Christianity
oops, you are right. changed immaculate conception to virginal conception...
Nov
15
comment Virgin birth in other religions and relevance to Christianity
@Peter - what is a better way to phrase this and specifically refer to the mechanism of incarnation? Maybe my terminology is wrong but incarnation is too general, of that much I am sure.
Nov
15
comment Virgin birth in other religions and relevance to Christianity
I notice an edit changing my "immaculate conception" in the second paragraph to "incarnation". But I specifically mean to refer to the fact Jesus became incarnated by growing in a human womb but without involving human sex-- not the general fact he was incarnated. As "incarnation" more generally refers to divine inhabiting human flesh, that is too general because it excludes the mechanism.
Nov
15
comment Virgin birth in other religions and relevance to Christianity
@Waggers - I am with you but I think Marc's argument stands from a biblical perspective which is what I'm asking about. Also Waggers - I am having a hard time seeing a prophesy the virgin birth in Genesis 3:15 - what am I missing?
Nov
15
revised Virgin birth in other religions and relevance to Christianity
I said immaculate conception and I meant that, not incarnation. Changing to incarnation changes what I'm talking about.
Nov
15
asked Virgin birth in other religions and relevance to Christianity
Nov
9
comment What happens to unborn, unbaptized babies who die?
and so heaven is populated with a majority of unborn, since most fertilized eggs never implant or are miscarried... interesting.
Nov
7
comment “Those excluded from the Congregation”
@Shathur - I am fairly sure it would be closed as unproductive, at least others have been ...
Nov
5
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Nov
3
comment “Those excluded from the Congregation”
OK. but surely not just the exact people physically present? the Isrealites today -- should they be following this since they still live on this earth?