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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.


Feb
14
reviewed Leave Open Does the Roman Catholic church consider HIPAA to be an unjust law?
Feb
10
reviewed Leave Open Did Jesus/God/Jehovah know that Jesus would die on the cross BEFORE coming to Earth?
Feb
10
reviewed Close Is there anything known about Jesus time as a carpenter - was he a small business owner with employees?
Feb
10
reviewed Leave Open What established Christian theology speaks to the question of whether or not God is contingent on his followers?
Feb
10
reviewed Leave Open Why would one literally eat the body of Christ, if it is literal?
Feb
10
comment Is “Worship Pastor” a new term?
Related, but I think not a duplicate: What is the earliest Christian use of a worship leader? That question is about the general role of a chief musician, whereas this is about a hybrid musical-pastoral role (as indicated in the wiki quote) and its nomenclature.
Feb
8
awarded  Enlightened
Feb
7
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
6
answered Why don't Presbyterians have altars?
Feb
5
comment What is the source for Martin Luther's quote against the use of pipe organ music?
Thanks @waxeagle! The list is authentic, but it's just a list ("Die Stück, so in der gleißenden Kirchen in Uebung und Brauch sind geweßt") which as far as I can make out was part of a series of notes Luther made to the Diet of Augsburg in 1530. I see no mention of Baal in this series. The 1597 book has the similar phrase "der gliessenden Baalßkirchen", the gleaming churches of Baal, so maybe the whole Baal idea is in it alone, and not Luther. Also Feldzeichen = battle-standards is not in Luther as far as I can see.
Feb
5
comment What is the source for Martin Luther's quote against the use of pipe organ music?
Aha, just a bit further on are the words "des Römischen Abgott Baals feldzeichen", and a list attributed to Luther of superfluous things to be removed from churches.
Feb
5
comment What is the source for Martin Luther's quote against the use of pipe organ music?
I think I have "Anhaldini". It is a 1597 polemical text titled "Erinnerungsschrifft etlicher vom Adel und Städten..." addressed to Prince John-George of Anhalt. See here on p74ff, concerning the organ ("Von Orgeln"). In particular, near the p76 mark, the text "Ober wie kan es Christlich..." refers to "den Abgott Baal / unnd andern Abgöttern". There is a reference to "siebenden deutschen Thomo Lutheri / Anno 72. zu Wittenberg gedruckt / fol. 425" which may be our next clue.
Feb
5
comment What is the source for Martin Luther's quote against the use of pipe organ music?
Interesting! I found an antedating (see here) to Heinrich Eckhard in 1607, but the further reference to "Anhaldini p.74" remains obscure.
Feb
4
answered Was God punishing Jesus by forcing him to swim for 9 months in the unholy liquid (as deemed by God's laws) of Mary's uterus?
Feb
4
comment Why are Christians sure that prayers to Jesus are answered when “Jesus” wasn't the name he used?
@NickNo If Jesus is God then the commandment ought to encompass him; though "taking a name in vain" may be understood to cover all sorts of things, including disrespectful or careless speech, attributing malice or evil to God, swearing rash oaths, claiming divine endorsement for ones own selfish actions, etc. A broad interpretation is consistent with the Sermon on the Mount, as well as with Jewish law and practice which does not limit the "protection" of the commandment to the Divine Name alone, but to all kinds of names and descriptions of God.
Feb
4
answered Why are Christians sure that prayers to Jesus are answered when “Jesus” wasn't the name he used?
Feb
3
reviewed Close Why is sex between two consenting adults sin?
Jan
29
reviewed Leave Open Is Mary's virginity evidence that sex is always sinful?
Jan
28
answered What is the “Leviathan” mentioned in Job?
Jan
28
comment How can Pharaoh and Abhimelech be attracted to Sarah?
Related question on longevity: Why did people live so long before the flood? Obviously Sarah is post-Noah, but the textual-historical issues for unusually long lives are surely quite similar - Genesis 11:10ff (lineage from Shem to Abram) is full of multicentenarians.