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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.


Aug
6
comment What does it mean that God's wrath is infinite and what is its relation to existence of life on other planets?
theguardian.com/science/the-h-word/2014/mar/14/…
Jul
29
comment Where does the idea that you cannot conceive of light until you see it come from?
Possibly originally from Plato's Republic and its image of the cave? Many works in the last 2300+ years have borrowed the idea.
Jul
21
comment What is the context of Chesterton's quote: “When we bind our hearts, we free our hands.”?
@MattGutting I found something which I think is the source quote, just a couple of lines after your find - see my answer below.
Jul
21
comment What is the context of Chesterton's quote: “When we bind our hearts, we free our hands.”?
It does sound Chestertonian. That sort of parallelism is (to my ear) very typical of him.
Jun
28
comment Question about the PCUSA treatment of Scriptures
See also christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/381/…
Jun
28
comment Question about the PCUSA treatment of Scriptures
possible duplicate of If you don't believe in the inerrancy of scripture, on what basis can you interpret scripture?
Jun
25
comment What is meant by “atheism is a religion”?
This is not a question about Christianity. It is about atheism, or arguably, it could be a question about philosophy. I don't think it's right for this site. The general absence of the topic of Christianity in the answers is also evidence to that effect.
May
5
comment Ark of the Covenent
"In those days, says the Lord, they shall no longer say: the ark of the covenant of the Lord. It shall not come to mind, or be remembered, or missed; nor shall another one be made." - Jeremiah 3:16
Apr
17
comment History of Christian Prayer
Hello Jengish and welcome to this site! If you haven't already checked out our site tour and help center, please do - as well as browsing our existing questions and answers. Thank you for asking this question and I hope you get a helpful answer. It is quite a broad question, so you may have to split it up in order to get the most out of this site (for example, the humanism question could be asked separately). Other users may have advice on that. Welcome once again!
Apr
10
comment Covering of the hair for women, and beards in 1st Century Palestine
Is this a Christianity question? There could be a Christian angle to it, but the question as written doesn't mention Christianity explicitly.
Apr
9
comment Keep the law OR nail to the cross?
I'm having trouble following the train of thought in your answer. Perhaps you could add some more linking material or explanation to make it clear how your assertions and quotations relate to one another, and to the original question.
Mar
25
comment What exactly did Pope Gregory the Great mean by “Universal Bishop?”
It seems that Gregory uses "sole bishop" as well as "universal bishop", perhaps meaning these to denote the same concept. I certainly don't know of a Pope who's claimed to be sole bishop.
Mar
6
comment How did early “street evangelization” differ from the modern practice?
There is probably some element of survivor bias - we have stories about John the Baptist, but not about his contemporary Reuven the Ineffective Preacher (who I just made up).
Feb
26
comment How do Trinitarians explain verses where Jesus claims to have a God?
@rhetorician Yes, I think it is important that Jesus was quoting a known text and I wouldn't want to overinterpret his words as implying any weakening of the Trinity in that moment.
Feb
24
comment How do Trinitarians explain verses where Jesus claims to have a God?
Welcome to this site and thank you for your answer! I hope you will stay to ask and answer more questions. If you haven't already seen it, you might like to check out our help center and site tour, as well as browsing existing questions and answers.
Feb
22
comment Are there female devils cited in scriptures?
I agree. Also, I have read much later writings on demons which said the same. Malleus Maleficarum asserts that Satan can take female form to seduce men, or male form to seduce women, but is not intrinsically gendered. Discoverie of Witchcraft has a snide remark about the lack of Biblical evidence for different kinds of demons, including male and female ones.
Feb
18
comment What is the biblical basis for Eternal salvation?
If you would like to rewrite the question, along the lines suggest by Steven Doggart or otherwise, then please feel free; or if the linked answers are already enough for you, then that's also fine (and do let us know).
Feb
18
comment What is the biblical basis for Eternal salvation?
As written, I think this is a duplicate of What is the Biblical basis for the doctrine of eternal security? combined with What is the Biblical basis for the doctrine of the loss of salvation?
Feb
18
comment Can Christians be judges
The discussion above about capital punishment would be better-placed elsewhere (like in chat) than in comments, since the conversation isn't addressing any issues in the question any more, but has digressed into more general territory.
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.