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I'm Dave, and I love Objective-C.

My Projects:

  • DDMathParser - a library for parsing NSString objects as mathematical expressions and evaluating them
  • CHCSVParser - a library for reading and writing CSV files
  • DDUnitConverter - a simple library for converting between units
  • StackKit - a framework for using the StackExchange API.

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My answers and opinions expressed here are my own and do not represent my employer's views in any way.


Apr
11
comment Why did Jesus refer to humans as salt?
+1 Very interesting. The verse in 1 Corinthians you cited takes on deeper meaning when you consider that salt kills yeast.
Apr
10
comment What is the reason and meaning of the symbols on the garments worn by Temple-worthy LDS members?
@Matt clearly, I disagree. :)
Jun
22
comment Has God created anything since he rested on the 7th day?
@Jas3.1 It does kind of sound sarcastic, I guess. :) My opinion is that because of this, we're actually still in the "sixth day" of Creation. Man is still being created, thus His labor hasn't yet finished.
Apr
11
comment Does the Mormon doctrine of exaltation implicitly require acknowledging the existence of sentient extra-terrestrial life?
+1 although I'll point out that nowhere does it say that these worlds are in "our universe". It just says "other worlds".
Jan
14
comment God the Father's possession of a body of flesh and bones
I'd also like to point out this passage from D&C 88, where it talks about the light of Christ "filling the immensity of space".
Oct
6
comment What is an LDS general conference?
+1 Great answer. Just two nitpicks: "As all male members are considered Priests" - this isn't true, as not all men hold the Priesthood (although most do). Also "[the teachings] are considered canonical..." - again, not quite true. In order for something to be Official Doctrine, it must be ratified as such by the members of the Church. (This is a very common misconception, even among Mormons) Doctrine is only found in the four standard works, the official declarations, and the Articles of Faith.
Sep
5
comment What is the significance of the inverted pentagram symbols on the LDS Temple in Salt Lake City?
+1 Matthew B. Brown's book Symbols in Stone talks about this too, and declares the inverted star to be symbolic of the Morning Star (Venus) and thus a symbol of Jesus Christ. (He declares Himself the "bright and morning star")
Feb
21
comment What roles do faith and works play in the LDS/Mormon understanding of salvation?
@Matt the "after all we can do" phrase is really interesting, because 2 Ne 2:5-6 makes it clear that by both the spiritual and temporal laws, all men are cut off, because all have sinned. So "all we can do" is really "nothing", because nothing we could do would ever atone for our own sins. However, Christ asks that we live according to the law as if it could redeem us, and He accepts that show of faith and intent as "payment" for His grace.
Dec
12
comment What evidence is there that Jesus was a carpenter?
+1 I think the idea of Him being a stonemason makes a whole lot more sense in the light of scriptures like Mark 12:10 (Christ is the stone the builders rejected), 1 Cor 10:4 (the Rock was Christ), Matt 7:24 (wise man building his house upon a rock), Rom 9:33 (a rock of offense to those who don't want to believe), etc.
Nov
24
comment What does the LDS Church (Mormon) teach about marriage and polygamy in the afterlife?
I disagree with the bit about "the woman would be the wife of the earliest celestially worthy husband". I have never heard that taught. What I hear instead is "we don't know; we assume and have faith that whatever happens will be fair and just for all involved, and that all involved will be happy with the outcome."
Nov
8
comment How does the LDS doctrine of assurance compare to the Methodist doctrine of assurance?
+1 More accurately, in LDS theology, having one's "calling and election made sure" is the Assurance, and receiving the Second Anointing is one of the main ways that can happen. I would also dispute that salvation is based on works. Ultimately, anyone who is saved is saved by the grace of Jesus Christ. Our works help us qualify to receive that grace, but the works themselves are insufficient for salvation.
Oct
15
comment Why did Adam claim he was “naked” before God when he and Eve had clothed themselves with fig leaves?
+1 huh, I'd never noticed that before
Oct
8
comment Why do Christians need to promote their religion to non-believers?
@Yeodave I know things you do not, and you know things I do not. That in and of itself does not make us arrogant. Me trying to teach you new things does not make me arrogant. What makes me arrogant is my attitude, not my knowledge. Put another way, arrogance is a result of attitude, not information, and not behavior. Behaviors can be manifest because of arrogance, but the behavior itself does not cause it.
Oct
7
comment Why do Christians need to promote their religion to non-believers?
@Yeodave If they're happy and not interested, great. The proselyters should move on to the next door. If they want to try and "push their belief system on you", the proselyters should politely decline and graciously leave.
Sep
15
comment How does LDS doctrine reconcile monotheism with men becoming gods?
@WhatAboutJohn3_17 sounds like great fodder for a new question
Sep
15
comment How does LDS doctrine reconcile monotheism with men becoming gods?
@Flimzy Yes, they are. For that I'll link you this question and answer and this article on The Godhead (The Godhead is the LDS "version" of the Trinity).
Sep
15
comment How does LDS doctrine reconcile monotheism with men becoming gods?
Again, within the scope of our existence, there is no other God. Even in LDS writings, mention of other beings like God is cursory, since they are irrelevant to our salvation.
Sep
15
comment How does LDS doctrine reconcile monotheism with men becoming gods?
as I understand it, that's akin to saying "thou shalt have no other gods before me". Basically "I'm your God, and no one else is". It helps to think of "God" as a title denoting one who is worthy of worship. Beings who are like the Father but are not Him should not be worshipped, because they are not our creators. They have nothing to do with our existence.
Sep
9
comment Why is “elohim” translated as “God” and not “gods”?
+1 these are the sort of answers I come here for. excellent work. :)
Sep
8
comment Why was it necessary for Mary to be a virgin?
+1 for the ease-of-recognition idea. Was His being born of a virgin widely publicized during His lifetime? It's useful for us to recognize Him as the Messiah, but is there any indication that it was something his contemporaries used as well?