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comment Should Catholics silently hum the Tetragrammaton when they're supposed to sing it?'
I'm intensely curious what song this would be, being sung at a public school, that actually includes "Yahweh" as one of its words.
comment As a protestant, may I participate in the Eucharist (Communion) when visiting a Catholic church?
I'm an Orthodox, and even though in theory I could take communion in a Roman Catholic church, my own church would tell me not to. Receiving the Eucharist in a Roman Catholic church, as an Orthodox, would imply a unity which does not in fact exist.
comment What is the basis of my fractured understanding of “Sola Scriptura”?
"or understandably derived from" - Aye, there's the rub. Who decides whether a belief is understandably derived from scripture?
comment Do all Christian views need to have a Biblical basis?
Sure, I'm familiar with that argument. It ignores the historical record, though, and I think point 2 explains this. If we have to wait until the fourth century to find a canon list identical to our own, and if in the fifth century we can still find "non-canonical" books bundled with the New Testament books, then how can we say the canon is self-authenticating?
comment Atheism is the default position. Isn't the burden of proof on the Christian to assert that God exists?
I think the best answer to the question in the header was given by E. P. Sanders in his Jesus and Judaism. He deals with a similar quandary, about which position is the default position, and concludes: "...the burden of proof should always be on the one making an argument."