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For the last 57 years, I have been a practicing Christian (liberally conservative and evangelical). Should any posting I make to any Stack Exchange website pique your curiosity as to the what and why of my beliefs, feel free to communicate with me at drlarter@yahoo.com. I do not claim to have all the answers--let alone all the questions(!), but I would consider it a privilege to discuss Christianity with you in a rational and civilized fashion.

My wife (a native Egyptian and Christian) and I have been married over 41 years. We have two grown children who have flown the coop, making us empty nesters.

I have a Master's degree in Speech Communications and three years of doctoral studies in Rhetorical Theory at the University of Pittsburgh. After a brief stint as a teacher of public speaking, I embarked on a couple of different and totally divergent pursuits by owning and operating two small businesses.

Tired of being in business for myself, I went back to school at Duquesne University's Paralegal Institute in Pittsburgh, where I received a General Practice Certificate last December (2013). I am currently looking for employment in that field, and would like to round out the last stage of my work life in some area of jurisprudence.

A rhetorical perspective is almost as natural to me as breathing. Overt and covert attempts at persuasion, whether written or spoken, are my legitimate targets for analysis, evaluation, and criticism. Of particular interest to the EL&U web site contributors would be, with some adaptations and modifications, the traditional canons of speech: style (elocutio), invention (inventio), organization (dispositio), memorability (memoria), and delivery (pronuntiatio or actio) .


Aug
28
revised What did God mean by having dominion over animals?
cleaned it up
Aug
26
comment In the Non-Denomination Tradition is Christ Speaking only to the Jews or is he speaking to the whole Church?
I suggest you tone down the rhetoric (and I am a rhetorician, by the way) and take a more neutral approach to eschatology. Many learned and godly men and women down through the centuries have believed the Bible teaches a "Pre-Trib Rapture," including such luminaries as Scofield, of Scofield Study Bible fame. Additionally, even the folks who today scoff at the idea of a pre-trib rapture need to differentiate between tribulation in general--in the sense of persecution for Christ's sake, and Tribulation, as in the Great Tribulation many Bible interpreters link to the Day of the Lord. Don
Aug
24
comment Are there historical accounts of the character of the people of Sodom and Gomorrah?
A good place to start your research might be here: aish.com/ci/sam/48931527.html. Also check out the resource cited by Michael Roth, below. These cites are obviously not extra-biblical sources of information about the cities in question, but they do lend credence to the validity of the story as it is found in Genesis. Don
Aug
24
revised Are there historical accounts of the character of the people of Sodom and Gomorrah?
added a link to the reference he provided
Aug
15
revised Why was Jesus afraid/agonizing in the Garden of Gethsemane if the Spirit of God isn't one of fear but of power?
changed a single word
Aug
14
answered Why was Jesus afraid/agonizing in the Garden of Gethsemane if the Spirit of God isn't one of fear but of power?
Aug
7
comment Do any theologians argue that in the Fall, Adam sacrificed himself out of love for Eve?
@Freemason: Nothing biblical about what? "Paradise Lost" or "Lucifer being the devil" (or both)? Don
Aug
3
comment Does the Bible say when the day of the Lord (as described in 2 Peter 3:10) will occur, and does it go into more detail about this particular event?
Plus one. Good summary of the "pre-mil" position taken by many Evangelical Christians around the world. I edited your answer simply to clean it up a bit. You can always reject my editing if you feel it does your answer an injustice! Don
Aug
3
revised Does the Bible say when the day of the Lord (as described in 2 Peter 3:10) will occur, and does it go into more detail about this particular event?
cleaned it up a bit
Aug
3
revised Does the Bible say when the day of the Lord (as described in 2 Peter 3:10) will occur, and does it go into more detail about this particular event?
reworded for better understanding
Aug
2
comment What is the biblical basis for the concept of being “slain in the spirit” and what exactly is it?
To be honest, Mawia, I really have trouble with the very expression, "Slain in the spirit." If anything is to be slain in the Christian's experience, it is the FLESH, not the spirit. Our spirits are alive in Christ, forever; our flesh, on the other hand, needs to be crucified with Christ, sometimes on a daily basis! BTW, I have no truck with Pentecostals; many--if not most--of them are fine Christians. There is a danger, however, in some of their practices. Just read about former Pentecostal evangelist, Jerry DeWitt, author of "Hope AFTER Faith." He is now an outspoken atheist.
Jul
26
comment How do Calvinists interpret 2 Peter 1:10?
@Mr.Bultitude: Thanks for the edit. I think I agree with your reason for excising the first few paragraphs of the original answer. I tend to be a "big thinker." Consequently I sometimes include too much material so as to make a bigger point. That tendency, however, is not always beneficial to my readers. So, thanks again. Don
Jul
26
comment Why did the disciples cast lots when the Holy Spirit was promised
@disciple: See the 2nd highlighted part of my answer. Based only, e.g., on the numerous times the apostles and other spiritual leaders in various churches were led of the Holy Spirit, were prevented from going here or there by the Holy Spirit, and were given a word of knowledge of secret sins of other believers (e.g., Ananaias and Sapphira), I think either Luke didn't think his including HOW the apostles, et al., determined they should seek a replacement for Judas Iscariot (assuming Luke did), OR they--rightly perhaps--were taking Jesus' lead in keeping the number of apostles to 12.
Jul
23
revised How can one “buy” oil and “buy” gold, garments, and eye salve if these things can only attained by grace?
corrected a few errata
Jul
16
awarded  Yearling
Jul
16
revised How do Calvinists interpret 2 Peter 1:10?
yadda, yadda, yadda
Jul
15
comment Jesus as a sacrifice
@MeganBurt: "This information I know already," you said. There are different ways of knowing, Megan. Facts are one way of knowing. In the spiritual realm, however, we need to go beyond information and allow that information to inform us (with an emphasis on the word "form"). In other words, until the information makes the trip from head to heart, it's not really in the realm of faith--not even close. Knowing is one thing; believing is quite another. I suggest you reword your question so as to refine what you are asking and pinpoint what really bothers or confuses you (i.e., edit your Q). Don
Jul
15
answered Jesus as a sacrifice
Jun
29
revised Why don't young-earth creationists just explain things (usually considered as miracles) as miracles?
edited for better clarity
Jun
25
comment Which Prominent Modern Religions Came from the “Great Awakenings” and What Have They Done For the World?
Your question is a good one; it's also pretty broad. There are answers galore out there on the world wide web. In about 30 seconds, I found a pretty good summary of the effects of the Second Great Awakening here: u-s-history.com/pages/h1091.html. It's a good place to start. There may, however, be one or two (or more) experts out there who may be willing--and are able--to answer your question in summary fashion. Let's wait and see.