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Jan
15
comment Is there a Biblical basis for not believing that Global Warming is occurring?
@DavidStratton - Wait, what? Acid rain was a problem in the 70s and 80s, and regulations passed in the 80s and 90s helped to limit the damage. If the 80s "hype" over acid rain is your model, you should believe that global warming is real and man-made, but that the scare-stories told about it are overblown (but the problem is still serious).
Jan
6
comment Which languages did Huldrych Zwingli know?
Why not check Wikipedia before asking here (especially without more context as to why this is so important): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huldrych_Zwingli
Jan
1
comment Sources on Historical Reliability of the New Testament
@David Stratton - If one selected people who were not Christian before they started studying the event, that would fix the selection bias problem that you describe.
Jan
1
comment How to define an independent interference by God?
This answer is very interesting, but it also contains major conceptual flaws: providence can in principle be tested for statistically, so the "it's real to them" and "it could be coincidence" points are missing the major point when it comes to detecting divine interference; miracles are not clearly distinguished from providence at least in the recently-occurring examples (spontaneous remission of cancer is known at some rate, and not only among Christians, and examples of, say, regenerating a lost limb are not found).
Nov
11
awarded  Civic Duty
Nov
8
accepted Honor and solidarity
Nov
2
comment Honor and solidarity
Thanks, that helps clarify; in cases of disputes, if you truly love your enemies, you wouldn't (presumably) favor your relatives.
Nov
2
comment Honor and solidarity
But is not 2 Corinthians 6:14 solidarity--"Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?"? And is not Matthew 15:4-6 advocating honorable solidarity w.r.t parents--"For God commanded, 'Honor your father and your mother,' and, 'Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.' But you say, 'If anyone tells his father or his mother, "What you would have gained from me is given to God,"he need not honor his father.' So for the sake of your tradition you have made void the word of God."?
Nov
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Oct
31
comment Where did viruses come from, according to Young Earth Creationists?
Okay, but horizontal gene transfer among multicellular organisms is so rare that it wasn't even detected until a few years ago. One can postulate, without evidence, huge numbers of changes that could eventually make things sound plausible (e.g. viruses that can repeatedly infect germline tissues across a wide range of species and cause no sterility and (on and on and on)). If this is the best answer out there--and for all I know it could be--it's worth noting that it's very speculative (to be charitable).
Oct
31
comment Where did viruses come from, according to Young Earth Creationists?
@Waggers - I agree in principle, but the examples weren't of something that would be useful in an unfallen context. Infection by herpes makes you less likely to die of plague? Interesting...but it leaves the "original intended nature" conjecture unsupported (unless the original intended nature was that they would play a role after the fall).
Oct
31
comment Where did viruses come from, according to Young Earth Creationists?
The "health benefits" in that blog post are both being less subject to some other disease. I thought that pre-Fall, there was no disease. So this doesn't give much insight into original intended nature, does it?
Oct
12
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Oct
10
comment If humans are now genetically tainted by corruption, what was perfection like?
This is the only answer that accepted the premise, so I'm tempted to accept it as the correct one...but I think James and Flimzy have made too good of a case that it was the premise that was taken overly far. Still, +1
Oct
10
comment If humans are now genetically tainted by corruption, what was perfection like?
Good points; quite informative!
Oct
10
accepted If humans are now genetically tainted by corruption, what was perfection like?
Oct
9
comment If humans are now genetically tainted by corruption, what was perfection like?
Thanks! That does help clarify matters.
Oct
9
comment What is the interpretation of the bow in the cloud after the Flood?
This seems like the most parsimonious answer, and therefore likely the correct one.