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Apr
26
comment How could a loving, just, merciful God have created such an unfair test for humans?
If it is just that we should all be destroyed, and God is just, does it not follow that Jesus' saving of people who deserve death actually circumvents that justice (i.e. Jesus-as-God is unjust)? Furthermore, given your opposition of love and hatred, since Jesus seems to have suspended hatred of sin, doesn't it follow from your reasoning that Jesus does not love? This seems scripturally dubious to me.
Apr
26
comment How could a loving, just, merciful God have created such an unfair test for humans?
This answer would be enhanced considerably if it contained some scriptural support for Christ descending into Hades, or otherwise some good argument for this. Otherwise how should we ascertain whether it is true?
Apr
23
comment How do schisms in the church fit into the plans of a monotheistic God?
Why is it necessary that there be some good purpose? We get sick and transmit diseases to each other which hardly seems good, yet we manage nonetheless.
Apr
19
comment Young Earth Creationists vs. Old Earth Creationists
+1, well stated! Though there is a sizable fraction (probably even a majority) of people who accept OEC that agree with YEC on some interpretations and disagree with scientific consensus (e.g. a common position among old earth creationists who I have known is that the order of events in Genesis is literally true). For the purposes of your two examples, I agree: OEC and Naturalist views are in accord.
Apr
19
comment Young Earth Creationists vs. Old Earth Creationists
Neither YEC nor OEC is fully consistent with the modern scientific view (i.e. physical evidence), though theistic evolution can be (by construction). Given that neither YEC or OEC is supported scientifically, distinguishing between the two on the basis of physical evidence is like asking: which is the largest fruit on the planet, a strawberry or a plum? You might instead wish to ask what the Biblical evidence is. That is a less expansive topic, and if you suppose God created the earth you may be willing to ignore some physical evidence if the position is well-supported theologically.
Apr
2
comment In light of Mark 10, how can Christians in good conscience purchase luxury items?
I am aware that the planet has finite extractable resources, and using those on luxury items means that they're not available for the needy, just as always. Wealthy people have always employed others to craft their luxury items. Why is it fundamentally different now as opposed to ca. 2000 years ago?
Apr
2
comment In light of Mark 10, how can Christians in good conscience purchase luxury items?
Doesn't keeping the economy running use up more of the planet's resources making, say, ride-on lawn mowers instead of something that could help the needy (e.g. solar panels and mosquito nets for various countries in Africa)? I don't think your reasoning works as is.
Mar
31
comment What are the theological implications/problems with theistic evolution?
Can you expand on (4), perhaps? In Theistic Evolution, not only did God create the natural process but had a special hand in guiding it to the desired outcome, so why is it any less glory-bringing? In Job, God makes a big deal out of how impressive the natural world is...being part of that world (as well as in the image of God) would seem to be a glorious thing.
Mar
31
comment What are the theological implications/problems with theistic evolution?
Are you claiming the order of events in Genesis is thought to be accurate based on scientific evidence? It's not wholly different, but the order is pretty scrambled.
Mar
31
comment What are the theological implications/problems with theistic evolution?
You need to provide more reasoning for "a value less", in the question body, for this to be a decent answer. A counterexample: "I tweaked things for thirteen billion years to produce you" sounds like a lot more care was taken (and thus the result was more valued) than, "Oh, one day I decided to create you, and poof! there you were." Hence, an argument is needed.
Mar
22
comment Do miracles violate the laws of physics?
@MarcGravell - If you stop the sun in the sky, why not also alter the Earth's inertial reference frame while you're at it, match the centrifugal forces, do something sensible with the tides, etc. etc...if you created the entire universe, surely that wouldn't be too hard.
Mar
7
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Feb
12
comment What evidence is there to support the position that the Bible is truly the Word of God to mankind?
@AffableGeek - Attraction and pair-bonding in humans is indeed studied scientifically, and there are some remarkably interesting findings (see oxytocin, vasopressin, etc.). This is tangential to the points here, but it seemed a sufficiently large error to be worth correcting.
Feb
12
comment Bible evidence in favour of creationism?
Given that many denominations of Christianity favor only a very weak version of creationism (not what is normally meant by the term), including, arguably, the Catholic Church, I would not anticipate that your agnostic friend would be highly swayed by the content of the Biblical evidence.
Feb
12
answered Why did the Catholic church stop supporting Genesis creation?
Feb
11
comment What evidence is there to support the position that the Bible is truly the Word of God to mankind?
Unless there is very little evidence indeed, this question is overly broad for a StackExchange site. People write entire books on this topic. Can you at least split it up into questions covering different aspects of evidence (historical, scriptural, scientific, cultural, etc.), or better yet, ask questions about each particularly good piece of evidence?
Feb
7
comment Neurotheology and God
@MattWhite - Neuroquantology (as currently practiced) is not taken seriously by any neurobiologist I'm aware of, including ones who switched to biology from physics. The leading journal in the field, "Neuroquantology", mostly contains a collection of articles wishing that telepathy, ghosts, and various other supernatural phenomena were real, and hoping that by dropping the word "quantum" or "electromagnetic" enough, they will be spared the chore of providing hard evidence. But whether or not brain activity is deterministic has not been shown and is too daunting to admit an answer soon.
Feb
6
comment Neurotheology and God
That science and technology has "failed in the end" is a strange statement given that we're hardly at the end of science and technology. How would you know so soon (unless you actually knew all along)?
Feb
6
answered Neurotheology and God
Feb
3
comment What arguments would you give to teenagers who are unconcerned about eternal life?
@PeterTurner - I think my "they don't care" answer covers my opinion, in that case. Even if not fun, they'd probably agree it was better than the alternative. That might be enough, depending on what your goals are.