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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...


Sep
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revised Does Christianity have any dietary guidelines?
update, thanks warren
Sep
14
asked Does Christianity have any dietary guidelines?
Sep
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awarded  Nice Question
Sep
6
comment Prominent Theologians' answer to: What is “The Parable of the Shrewd Manager” about?
it has to be significant that for all my years of sunday school, awana, etc, i have no memory of this story at all (unlike prodigal son and other known parables) -- maybe you aren't the only one who finds it too odd to figure it out!
Sep
6
comment Adam and Eve versus ecology
Jonathon, you (and many others) are seriously misinterpreting the nature of this kind of research. Several different genes have been traced back to a likely single original ancestor -- but for each gene, that original ancestor is certainly not the same as for some other gene, nor even living within the same 10k year period. Another angle on this is that if you trace back to a time when there were just a few thousand modern humans in a small geographic area, then chances are good that many of them have passed genes onto all of us -- that's what natural selection would make us expect.
Sep
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accepted What is the most basic Biblical understanding of the nature of the firmament?
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awarded  Commentator
Sep
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comment What is the most basic Biblical understanding of the nature of the firmament?
not looking to discredit, just looking for other angles on the concept. but i don't think that would add additional evidence anymore than multiple cultures having elf/trolls or dragons adds evidence to those tales.
Sep
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comment What is the most basic Biblical understanding of the nature of the firmament?
also interested in if there are related concepts in other ancient middle eastern mythologies, in the same way that there are analogs for angels, demons, flood stories, etc.
Sep
4
comment How is it that an unchanging and omniscient God can have “regret” as He did in Gen 6:7?
... it all adds up to something that sounds like an ancient folk tale that has little or no moral/spiritual lesson to teach. i just can't see how this story could possibly be divinely inspired teaching, to say nothing of being actually true.
Sep
4
comment How is it that an unchanging and omniscient God can have “regret” as He did in Gen 6:7?
it was the puzzle of the story of noah that most influenced me to start questioning my beliefs. beyond the fact that god regrets creating humans (which seems contrary to omniscience as you point out), the story says he commits mass genocide and destroys nearly all humans, which seems deeply contrary to his supposed omnibenevolance. add to that the bizarre pleasure god finds in the smell of burnt meat (seems a bit beneath the alpha and omega), the strange followup story regarding noah's drunkenness, the absolute lack of any physical evidence for a flood...
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asked What is the most basic Biblical understanding of the nature of the firmament?
Sep
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comment How do Christians reconcile God's omnipotence with his omniscience?
as well as omnipresence.
Sep
4
comment How do Christians reconcile God's omnipotence with his omniscience?
I don't think that the "power" part of omnipotence makes any sense beyond it's application to events in a temporal spectrum. What is power if it isn't the ability to change events from their current course, and what is change if it isn't in time?
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asked How do Christians reconcile God's omnipotence with his omniscience?
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awarded  Popular Question
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awarded  Good Question