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May
23
comment Does the Bible support slavery and (White) Superiority in the context of American Slavery?
... Every contemporary account of the end of slavery throughout the world that I've read said it was ended by social, religious, and political activism. If you have some documentation of large numbers of slave owners giving up their slaves for economic reasons, I'd be interested in seeing it.
May
23
comment Does the Bible support slavery and (White) Superiority in the context of American Slavery?
@TRG Umm, in the United States, slavery was ended by the Civil War, not by socio-economic forces. The South fought to keep their slaves -- literally. If they were losing money on the deal, apparently they didn't care. In Britain slavery was ended by an act of Parliament. If the slave owners were voluntarily freeing their slaves because the institution had become unprofitable, why did they need a law? ...
May
23
comment Is there a biblical basis/justification for requiring a pastor be educated?
@Jas3.1 Please understand that I am not deprecating education in general or seminary education in particular. What I said was that the Bible does REQUIRE formal education for leadership in the church. I stand by that. I don't doubt that personal discipleship by Jesus himself was better than any seminary degree. But that wasn't the question. Try applying to be a pastor at a church that has education requirements, and tell them that you met this requirement because your neighbor Bob, who is a very intelligent and committed Christian, taught you everything he knows.
May
22
comment Does the doctrine of Sola Scriptura prohibit the use of empirical information to understand the bible?
I can't imagine someone saying that scripture is literally the only possible source of truth. To take an extreme example, if I want to know if it's raining outside, I don't consult scripture: I look out the window. As Jas3.1 says, an advocate of Sola Scriptura would say that anything that contradicts scripture must be false. Where it gets debatable is on something claiming to be revelation from God outside of scripture: some say that the Bible is the complete revelation of God, others would allow for additional revelation.
May
22
answered Is there a biblical basis/justification for requiring a pastor be educated?
May
22
comment Did Adam and Eve's Progeny Commit Incest?
@Steely My point was that these roles would not have been perceived in the same way.
May
18
comment What is the correlation between cosmic energy and Christianity?
Ditto Flimzy. I suspect your pastor was making some sort of metaphor. Without knowing just what metaphor he was trying to spin, it's impossible to answer the question. It's like saying, My math teacher said that cosines are like a tomato. What did he mean by this?
May
18
comment Multiple wives and concubines | male and female “original” intent
@Mason Well, only if you assume that the brother is required to marry the widow even if he is already married.
May
17
answered What was the Birthright?
May
17
answered Multiple wives and concubines | male and female “original” intent
May
16
answered What is stopping Christians from having just one doctrine/interpretation?
May
16
comment What is the purpose of godparents?
@Andrew Yes, if you wanted to be sure your selected people would in fact be given legal guardianship by the state, you must say so in your will. IANAL, but I've made several wills and one of the first things the lawyer always asks is who we want to be guardians for our children. Courts generally defer to what's in your will, though I'm sure a relative could challenge this.
May
16
comment What is the purpose of godparents?
Okay, I'll take a step back. What I wrote is the definition of "godparent" that I learned growing up. Before making the above post I did a quick Google search on "godparent Catholic" or something like that and the first page I found seemed to agree with that, so I went ahead and posted. But after seeing the comments, I checked more references and I see that the Catholic church clearly has a different definition. So ... I retract my answer.
May
15
answered Is it possible for The Bible to contain errors?
May
15
answered What is the purpose of godparents?
May
15
answered Was there enough water in the world to cover the earth?
May
14
answered Protestant rejection of the Catholic implementation of confession
May
14
comment Can a non-Christian sell his soul?
@Marc RE your final comment about homosexuality: Sure, and that would be a different category from what I was talking about. There's a difference between, I reject this religion because it demands that I do something I don't want to do; and, I reject this religion because it's moral teachings conflict with my own opinions, whether they directly affect me or not.
May
14
answered What did the serpent look like?
May
14
comment What did the serpent look like?
Well, if you take the Bible metaphorically, then it's meaningless to ask any questions of the "what really happenned?" sort. The only answer will be, "Nothing happenned at all. At most we can look for the symbols in the metaphor."