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Sep
19
comment Why did people live so long before the Flood?
@Cryst - Where did you hear that? That's absolutely not a consensus scientific view (and Andrew Grimm's overly nice commentary on this is, well, overly nice). There's no evidence for an increase in deleterious alleles over time. Mutations keep occurring, of course, but mutations also result in lower fitness (i.e. people who carry them have fewer children on average), so everything balances out (with a stable population). Only in the last couple hundred years has there been a dramatic enough population expansion (and increase in medical technology) to admit an increase in deleterious alleles.
Sep
17
revised Just how accurate is the Bible?
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Sep
17
answered Just how accurate is the Bible?
Sep
16
comment How do young earth creationists reconcile the age of the universe with the speed of light, and visible distant objects?
Changing the speed of light is a big deal. For example, light is a wave, so it is the case that wavelengthfrequency = c, regardless of what c is. But the energy stored in light is given by E = hfrequency = h*c/wavelength. If c goes way, way up, energy does also, and everything blows to bits. Or, if wavelength goes way, way down to compensate, light is now too small to interact with matter. If you change Planck's constant h, you have a new set of nonsensical physical results. Changing the speed of light while retaining a familiar environment means that physics was radically different.
Sep
16
revised Mental Illness vs. Demon Possession
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Sep
16
answered Mental Illness vs. Demon Possession
Sep
16
comment Are scientific findings a test to Christians' Faith?
@Jonathon Byrd - That is not the typical definition of "chewing cud". One can, of course, seek alternate definitions. Anyway, rock badgers (rock hyraxes, I assume) don't even do that. But if you think all the evidence is based on itself, you don't understand the evidence. Radioisotope ratios are unconnected with geological strata which are unconnected with the distance to stars and the speed of light which are unconnected with genetic diversity and allele distributions which are unconnected with the temperature of nebulae which are (etc. etc.), all of which point to a much older universe.
Sep
15
answered Are scientific findings a test to Christians' Faith?
Sep
15
comment What does it mean for a society to be moral?
I changed it to "sub-societies" to hopefully make it clearer that I don't mean all Somalis.
Sep
15
revised What does it mean for a society to be moral?
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Sep
15
comment What does it mean for a society to be moral?
I specifically said society of Somali pirates (yes, it's a sub-society, just like Mexican drug gangs). Maybe I was unclear--do you have a better choice of wording to suggest?--but on careful reading you'll notice that I was not explicitly tarnishing the reputation of an entire society.
Sep
15
answered What does it mean for a society to be moral?
Sep
14
answered Is a moral society more open to the gospel than an immoral one?
Sep
13
awarded  Scholar
Sep
13
accepted What is the doctrinal significance of repetition between the Gospels?
Sep
13
comment Should a Christian wear clothing of mixed fibers?
This answer would be improved by passages indicating that the new covenant is now in effect.
Sep
8
comment What is the doctrinal significance of repetition between the Gospels?
Good answer, but could you offer a big more detail regarding the relationship between the Deuteronomy quote and the observation that John describes many events not described in the Synoptic Gospels (and that e.g. the Sermon on the Mount appears only in Matthew). Do you suggest that we take Deuteronomy to mean that the parts in common are in some sense more fundamental or essential than the others?
Sep
8
comment How do Christians understand the existence of God in relation to the scientific concept of energy?
@AdamRedwine - The universe can have infinite matter as long as it's infinitely large (with some restrictions on how that matter is distributed). Granted, our universe doesn't look infinitely large, but an infinitely large universe with infinite matter has much less broken physics than a finite universe with infinite matter.
Sep
8
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Sep
8
asked What is the doctrinal significance of repetition between the Gospels?