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Christ-centered, Reformed, Presbyterian, Calvinist-but-not-too-Calvinist; frequently liberal. I like to think of myself as ecumenically minded but am secretly suspicious of my own bias. I enjoy libraries and the books inside them. Also medieval history (esp. medieval reception of Biblical, classical and patristic sources, and the ways that their interpretations have persisted or been rejected).

My profile image is a raven from the Aberdeen Bestiary. Corvus in divina pagina diversis modis accipitur, ut per corvum aliquando predicatorum, aliquando peccatorum, aliquando diabolus intelligitur. (The raven is understood in a variety of ways in the sacred scriptures: sometimes it means a preacher, sometimes a sinner, sometimes the devil.) It reminds me that I am simul justus et peccator.


Oct
23
reviewed No Action Needed What is “The Parable of the Shrewd Manager” about?
Oct
23
reviewed Leave Open What did CS Lewis mean by 'art'?
Oct
23
reviewed Leave Open Who was Chuck Smith, and what was his place in Christianity?
Oct
23
comment Does Catholic doctrine teach that the Incarnation would have taken place regardless of Adam's decision?
Thank you for your very generous bounty!
Oct
22
comment Which were the languages used during Mass from paleochristianty until Trent council?
When you say "paleochristian" I assume you refer to the church of the first few centuries, but the Council of Trent was in the sixteenth century - much later. (Latin was used as a liturgical language for many centuries before Trent.) Which time period are you interested in?
Oct
22
reviewed Leave Open What properties does Christianity attribute to God
Oct
22
reviewed Close How did Adam and Eve die?
Oct
22
reviewed Leave Closed What is the meaning of the following Bible quote
Oct
22
comment Christian Toleration
And also, Christians classify certain things as "sin" but these days often do not insist that they should result in civil punishment. One could also look at denominational perspectives on excommunication, disfellowshipping, ordination standards, and so on, as to whether certain things (while admitted as bad) still do not disqualify one from membership in a Christian community.
Oct
22
comment Christian Toleration
I am surprised at the objections here - the basic idea of the question seems reasonable. I don't see a sense here that Christianity does or should "tolerate" everything, but only that Christianity has in the past supported such things as the separation of church and state, open debate, lack of legal sanction on heterodoxy, etc.
Oct
21
reviewed No Action Needed God | The Shepherd That “Breaks Legs”?
Oct
21
reviewed No Action Needed Why is it hard for a rich man to go to heaven?
Oct
21
reviewed Close Do non-christians of other religions have salvation or not beacuse they don't believe Christ is Lord?
Oct
21
reviewed Leave Open Saints in Heaven?
Oct
21
reviewed Close Would God really demand human sacrifice?
Oct
21
reviewed Close Why not the Orthodox beliefs instead of splitting away?
Oct
21
comment Why do Jehovah's Witnesses exclude pagan influences from their doctrine?
This does not answer the question! The question asks why JWs try to do this, and explicitly avoids asking whether they are successful. Your answer is entirely about problems you see with JW practice and does not address their motivation.
Oct
20
awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
20
comment Does eternal damnation still exist?
Different traditions have very different answers to this question (as different as "yes" and "no", that is!). Also, I think christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/525/… is basically the same question. Can you differentiate this question from that one in some way?
Oct
20
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Why is there so little written on the greatness of the happiness in Heaven?