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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...


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
awarded  Nice Question
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?
Nov
3
comment “Those excluded from the Congregation”
this idea of devine judgment being inherited through several generations is just... so primitive. and contrary to the NT idea of individual salvation. could this really be something the modern christian idea of God would have said? how could the OT God and NT God be the same person
Nov
3
comment “Those excluded from the Congregation”
"all the days that you live on the earth" seems to explicitly NOT restrict this to a particular time and place. unless "you" is the individual hearing the command. but that wouldn't make sense either...
Sep
28
comment Why does Catholicism have priests but Protestantism does not?
dancek -- is there a way I more clearly relabel my question? Is there a term that encompasses Catholicism, Eastern Orthodox, Lutheranism, Anglicans and Episcopalian but excludes the rest of Protestant sects? (maybe this should be a new question)
Sep
28
comment Why does Catholicism have priests but Protestantism does not?
Great answers re: protestant thinking on the matter, is there anyone who can explain about why Catholics disagree?
Sep
28
comment Why does Catholicism have priests but Protestantism does not?
great answer, gave Narnian the nod here though due to more references.
Sep
28
accepted Why does Catholicism have priests but Protestantism does not?
Sep
28
asked Why does Catholicism have priests but Protestantism does not?
Sep
22
comment Why is the Bible subject to a high level of interpretation?
People have answered this with "how" (historical, cause/effect) type answers, but I feel like there is a deeper "why" question here -- why would God allow the Bible to go this way? Is this your real question (because that's my question)?
Sep
22
comment Why is the Bible subject to a high level of interpretation?
But if this is God's word, the reference book he gives us for how to live our lives and how to achieve salvation, why leave all these factors in place -- why not make everything absolutely clear? Why not guide translators to perfect translations? What is His purpose in leaving things open to question? For example, why the heck isn't it made crystal clear whether or not Jesus was God, or the reality & nature of the Trinity, or whether works can get you to heaven? Since there is debate on these subjects, the word is obviously not clear -- assuming God has a good reason for this, what is it?
Sep
20
comment The Dead Sea Scrolls and Protestant canon
that's better, here's a pony.
Sep
20
comment The Dead Sea Scrolls and Protestant canon
Perhaps the question is talking about "the canon of books that existed up to the time of the Dead Sea Scrolls" but to me that is inferring too much... if it is talking just OT then the question should be fixed....
Sep
20
comment The Dead Sea Scrolls and Protestant canon
How isn't this question include the new testament -- he asks "which books should be considered canonical by Protestants?" and as far as I know, New Testament books are canon, right?
Sep
20
comment The Dead Sea Scrolls and Protestant canon
er, wasn't most/all of the new testament written in greek? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Testament
Sep
18
awarded  Teacher
Sep
18
answered Source of Christian attitudes towards fantasy and role playing games
Sep
15
accepted Does Christianity have any dietary guidelines?
Sep
15
accepted How do Christians reconcile God's omnipotence with his omniscience?