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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) .


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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
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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.
Jun
20
revised How should a Christian deal with destructive higher criticism of the Bible?
Provided an outline in the form of headings. Added a conclusion. Added a hyperlink.
Jun
15
comment Why can't Catholicism just drop its Marian devotion?
@MattGutting: True enough. We probably have more in common than we might at first think! Hindering cordial relations between "camps" are the "purists" in each camp who are not willing to look for common ground, figuring they somehow have a corner on the truth! There's only one person who has a corner on the truth, and that's Jesus Christ, who famously said, "I AM the truth." Don
Jun
14
answered Why can't Catholicism just drop its Marian devotion?
Jun
13
revised Why can't Catholicism just drop its Marian devotion?
changes in formatting, punctuation, capitalization
May
29
comment How do new converts to Christianity learn about the Bible, Christian faith, and Christian practices?
Good answer. If you'd like the perspective of a seasoned Evangelical on Christian Life and Bible Study, feel free to drop me a line. My email address is in my SE profile. Don
May
25
revised Is calling the church the “body of Christ” merely a metaphor or is there a deeper significance?
errata.
May
23
answered How do Calvinists explain Luke 19:41-44
May
22
comment Why would God permit divorce because of Israel's “hardness of heart”?
In agreement with @lars, I suggest there is great significance in the words of both the Pharisees and Jesus, particularly the words "Moses allowed" and "he [viz., Moses] wrote you this commandment," respectively. Ultimately, of course, "Moses' commands" came from God, but the clear teaching of Scripture is that "indecency" (e.g., fornication of a woman with a man who is not her husband prior to marrying the husband) is a forgivable offense which does not REQUIRE divorce. A husband's unwillingness to forgive an indecency says more about the husband's hardness of heart than his bride's indecency
May
3
revised What Biblical evidence/evidence did CS Lewis base his idea of sehnsucht/Joy on?
minor errata
May
2
comment Nakedness in the Bible
One speculation (i.e., mine) is that angels wear clothes for the benefit of the people to whom they appear. Since angels "neither marry nor are given in marriage," as Jesus tells us, modesty is not likely the reason for their being (or appearing) clothed. Remember, too, that angels are spiritual beings; that is, they are invisible to the naked eye (no pun intended). God evidently gave them the ability to appear quite human, yet interestingly, sometimes when they appear to people they exude a preternatural lightning-like brightness which elicits fear in the people who see them (see Mt 28:2-4).
Apr
21
revised Is Satan's doom settled, or could he still get a reprieve from God?
a few changes here and there