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Anglican, Father of 3 boys.


Dec
18
comment Difference between Augustinianism and Calvinism
@SanJacinto By "active" I was just trying to speak about God's choices. For Calvin, God chooses to elect some and chooses to reject others - whether or not he has to "do" anything to reject the reprobate - and that choice is prior to any (lack of) merit on their part. I linked the Calvin quote, if you look at all of section 11 he is really clear about that. Augustine never spoke of reprobation in that way.
Dec
3
comment How should I understand the emphasis on “begotten, not made” in the Nicene Creed?
@H3br3wHamm3r81 from an orthodox perspective, sure. But Arius disagreed, and that is why Nicea is so specific.
Dec
27
comment How do Roman Catholics understand salvation in light of Romans 3&4?
Thanks, this is something like what I was looking for. One clarifying question - what do meritorious works merit from God if not justification?
Dec
10
comment Did Paul write other letters that are not in the Bible?
The "or" in your first sentence implies that some of Paul's letters which were not lost were nevertheless excluded from the canon because they were "not theological". This is not the case.
Nov
4
comment Difference between Augustinianism and Calvinism
Yes, I can look some things up when I get home. What would you like clarity on? Do you just want evidence he believed in single-predestination and not double-predestination?
Oct
24
comment What are the theological implications of “filioque”?
@deps_stats, it's from the "doctrinal objections" link in the previous sentence.
Oct
22
comment How do Catholics reconcile Christ's intercessory prayer with the doctrine of the Trinity?
Be careful: Trinitarianism says that God is three persons in one divine essence. Simply saying that God is one and three at the same time, without further explanation, borders on logical contradiction.
Oct
18
comment Can we trust the Septuagint?
I don't think the example you give is a good one - the Hebrew in Isaiah 7:14 (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaiah_7:14) can mean either virgin or young woman. The LXX translation is only "different" in the sense that it's translators chose a different way to render an ambiguous Hebrew word than the NRSV translators did.
Oct
18
comment Hebrew OT translation to Greek NT
+1 for research, but please remove your last sentence - it is incorrect. The Masoretic text is ca. 900AD, whereas we have LXX fragments dating from the first century. The LXX did not "fix" an error - the hypothesis is that it translated (faithfully) from an older copy of the Hebrew Scriptures, one no longer extant, which did not have the error.
Oct
10
comment Jesus on how seeds germinate
Jesus is using a well known (to the people at the time) word-picture to illustrate a spiritual truth. He is not lecturing on plant biology.
Oct
10
comment The effect of poison on Christians
Mark 16:9-ff is almost certainly a later addition. Most don't consider it part of the original.
Oct
5
comment Take away the gospels, and how do we know that Jesus did what he was recorded to have done in terms of miracles?
The gospels + Paul is 5 sources. Asking about the reliability of these sources might be a good question, but assuming they are unreliable isn't.
Sep
29
comment What is the reason to genuflect when the Incarnation is mentioned?
In my Anglican church, we kneel briefly for this part of the creed.
Sep
28
comment Is there any sense in being baptized as an adult after being baptized as an infant?
credobaptist is a less provocative name.
Sep
22
comment How do Christians reconcile archeology with the Bible in the account of the Battle of Jericho?
Interestingly, the later evidence doesn't (at least in that article) seem to refute the conclusion that the walls fell "in a dramatic fashion".
Sep
20
comment The Dead Sea Scrolls and Protestant canon
The moral of the story is "Don't believe everything you read on wikipedia"
Sep
19
comment Praying the Liturgy of the Hours in private; out loud
I think this comes down to individual preference (are you looking for some kind of official guidance from Rome?) I do, because it is more meaningful to me that way.
Sep
19
comment Are Dinosaurs mentioned in the Bible?
Isaiah 43:20 in the ESV has "jackals" for "dragons" (KJV), so I don't think it applies. Most likely a mistake in the KJV.
Sep
16
comment How do young earth creationists reconcile the age of the universe with the speed of light, and visible distant objects?
The problem is not just age but history. Did God create photons that appear to show us stars that never existed, colliding galaxies that never collided?
Sep
15
comment Mental Illness vs. Demon Possession
+1 for a good question. Also see Matt. 17:14-18 where Jesus cures what appears to be epilepsy by casting a demon out of the boy.