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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).
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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).
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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?
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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
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comment If humans are now genetically tainted by corruption, what was perfection like?
Good points; quite informative!
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accepted If humans are now genetically tainted by corruption, what was perfection like?
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comment If humans are now genetically tainted by corruption, what was perfection like?
Thanks! That does help clarify matters.
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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.
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accepted What is the interpretation of the bow in the cloud after the Flood?
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asked If humans are now genetically tainted by corruption, what was perfection like?
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comment Why do Christians need to promote their religion to non-believers?
Religions that don't encourage their followers to convert others (and don't make up for it by slaughtering, invading, and colonizing) tend to die out. Thus, you would expect every major religion to have an element of proselytizing. Also, it's human nature to share things that seem beneficial or important. The interesting cases are the widespread religions that don't do this much (e.g. Buddhism). I'm not saying that it's not interesting to know the Christian justification, but the universal pattern should also be recognized.
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comment What are the theological implications of “filioque”?
It's a side tangent (good answer otherwise), but "a love so strong that it is an actual person" is much more nonsensical than interesting. For example: "This inspiration is so strong that it is coffee." Huh?
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answered Once a believer, always a believer?
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comment How is it that someone who lived thousands of years ago can “represent” me?
@warren - So the question was "How is it logical?" and your answer is "You can't tell."? In order for that to be a good answer, it would be nice to have more justification for the claim that we can't know (or even guess at) the reasoning and/or more explanation of at least what God's standard is for transferral of responsibility.