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Oct
10
comment Besides works versus grace and indulgences, what were the external practices of the Catholics that offended so many reformers?
It looks like you can find the full text here: ccel.org/ccel/calvin/institutes.html
Sep
27
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Sep
11
comment The Bible seems to allow polygamy. Why doesn't the church?
If two people can become one through marriage, why not three?
Sep
11
comment The Bible seems to allow polygamy. Why doesn't the church?
@RolandTaylor If it said he was lead astray by his one wife, would you claim that having one wife was sinful?
Aug
29
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Aug
29
answered The Grace Gambit
Aug
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Aug
23
comment Can there be free will in heaven?
Doesn't this contradict the free will response to the "problem of evil"? If God can create a world with free will and without evil, then why did he create one with evil?
Aug
21
comment What reasons does Christianity give for “Why There Must Be A God?”
@Narnian Is it possible to put a small overview of these things? Most non-believers would just replace step 5 with "This creator is not God", so understanding why that would not be a valid conclusion is the most important part of the argument. I think expecting Stack Exchange readers to read an entire book to get an answer is generally not in the spirit of the site if there's an alternative.
Aug
20
comment What reasons does Christianity give for “Why There Must Be A God?”
What requires the entity described in step 4 to be God (step 5)? It seems like any entity capable of existing outside of space-time as we know it, and capable of creating things inside space-time as we know it meets the definition, and the added attributes generally ascribed to God are missing (loving, powerful, sentient, etc.). I feel like you're missing a step and it would be nice if you could elaborate, since the space between step 4 and 5 is really the most interesting part of this question.
Jul
5
comment How is modern day Christian morality reconciled with the morality of the Bible?
Much as the Indians, South Americans, Africans today don’t practice human sacrifices, thanks to the British System of Laws Uh, what?
Jun
27
comment Was Jesus Plan B?
This is an interesting idea, but I have to agree with Jonathan -- the scripture you quoted doesn't seem to support it.
Sep
15
comment What is the source of hatred often perceived by Christians in western society?
I'm mainly just worried that you're stuck in a sort of feedback loop, where Christians tell each-other that that's the reason, giving you a convenient excuse to ignore the real problem -- a problem which I doubt you're the cause of, but should be aware of if you want discussions with non-believers to be effective.
Sep
15
comment What is the source of hatred often perceived by Christians in western society?
There is a better explanation (it's the highest voted answer): Some self-professed Christians are extremely antagonistic towards non-Christians. Sometimes it's denying services to non-Christians, sometimes it's harassment, sometimes it's outright violence. This is what non-Christians see.. and then other Christians see people not liking them, and assume it's just because non-Christians "don't get it", ignoring even the possibility that there might be a real reason for how people act.
Sep
15
comment What is the source of hatred often perceived by Christians in western society?
Not sure, I just feel like not asking actual non-Christians what they think may be contributing to this. See Marc Gravell's commends on the accepted question -- You accepted an answer which could be paraphrased as "because they're not Christians, and non-Christians hate good things". Unfortunately, that's an extremely common opinion (along with "people are atheists because they hate god", rather than "people are atheists because they don't believe in god"), and the sum of those opinions are a large part of why a lot of atheists just avoid Christians in general.
Sep
14
comment What is the source of hatred often perceived by Christians in western society?
Wouldn't it make more sense to ask this question to non-Christians? Any Christian answering this would just be guessing.
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