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Apr
12
comment How should we think about Jesus' mother being Jewish and his father being the Holy Spirit?
RE agree 99.9%: (a) Whether I agree or disagree has nothing to do with whether the statement is "anti" someone. If you say, "Bob is rude", and I agree that Bob is rude, you are still insulting Bob. (b) This is a classic propaganda technique. Like, "Don't you agree that extremists like Al Qa'eda, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Democratic Party are dangerous because such groups often resort to violence? Ohhhh, you agree in 2 cases but not the third. Could it be just because you happen to be a member of that third one? How interesting."
Apr
12
comment How should we think about Jesus' mother being Jewish and his father being the Holy Spirit?
I didn't mean that you insulted anyone, but that Dawkins et al are issuing insults.
Apr
12
comment How should we think about Jesus' mother being Jewish and his father being the Holy Spirit?
RE am I anti-Hindu, etc? Well, I am not writing books and giving speeches criticizing Hinduism. I do not describe Hindus as ignorant and superstitious, nor warn that Hinduism is a threat to progress and civilization. So I am not anti-Hindu in the sense that Richard Dawkins is anti-Christian. I think "anti-" implies some level of active opposition. I don't suppose that every non-Christian is anti-Christian. I believe many Hindu beliefs to be false, so in that sense I am anti-Hindu. I have written articles and a book criticizing atheism, so I can very fairly be called "anti-Atheist".
Apr
12
comment How should we think about Jesus' mother being Jewish and his father being the Holy Spirit?
Oh, BTW, "not talking specifically about Christianity". Really now, let's get serious. I'm sure when Dawkins and Hawking and so forth attack "religion", the religion they have in mind is Norse paganism, right? OF COURSE they're specifically talking about Christianity. I'm happy to engage in honest debate, but please, let's not play this silly game of dishing out insults and then when people object, saying, "Oh my, I'm sorry if I was misunderstood and someone was offended."
Apr
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comment How should we think about Jesus' mother being Jewish and his father being the Holy Spirit?
3. RE "take offense": Umm, if by "take offense" you mean, "run to my room to cry", then no. If by "take offense" you mean, "demand that the person you said this be forcibly silenced", then no. If by "take offense" you mean "observe the obvious fact that this person has said that he disagrees with me", then yes. Frankly I am absolutely baffled by your objection to the term "anti-Christian". Is there some term you prefer for people who believe that Christianity is false?
Apr
12
comment How should we think about Jesus' mother being Jewish and his father being the Holy Spirit?
2. Even if we concede for the sake of argument that a particular criticism of Christianity is absolutely true and valid, that doesn't make it cease to be "anti-Christian". If I say, "Ruritanians are stupid, and I can prove it: the average IQ of Ruritanians is only 83." The statement may be absolutely true, but it is still clearly an "anti-Ruritanian" statement.
Apr
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comment How should we think about Jesus' mother being Jewish and his father being the Holy Spirit?
RE "observation": 1. These statements are not simply observations: they are interpretations of the available evidence. Saying someone is "ignorant" and "superstitous" are not objective facts: they are one person's appraisal of another's mental capacity. Especially when it is clear that by "ignorant" they mean "believes things that I disagree with".
Apr
12
comment How should we think about Jesus' mother being Jewish and his father being the Holy Spirit?
@Marc What point exactly are you trying to make? You appear to be insisting that there is no such thing as people who are anti-Christian. Can you honestly say that Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Madelyn Murray O'Hare, etc etc, are/were not opposed to Christianity, i.e. "anti-Christian"?
Apr
11
answered Why don't we dance?
Apr
11
answered Why is Jesus' name pronounced differently in each language?
Apr
11
comment How can the logical impossibility of infinite self reference be reconciled in the case of God?
Is this being downvoted? I thought it was one of the more interesting questions yet posted here.
Apr
11
comment How can the logical impossibility of infinite self reference be reconciled in the case of God?
@asfallows I don't see that there's any inherent contradiction between "knowable" and "all-powerful". I can comprehend the concept of infinity even though I can't actually count to it. I'd agree with your underlying point that it is probably not possible for a human being to fully understand God, but that does not preclude us from understanding aspects of him. Like, I can comprehend that God created the universe, even if I don't know or understand all the details.
Apr
11
answered How can the logical impossibility of infinite self reference be reconciled in the case of God?
Apr
11
comment Why aren't the Biblical Apocrypha included in the protestant Bible?
I'm not sure if the poster is looking for a long involved answer or a quick simple one. The simple answer is, Protestants and Catholics disagreed on whether these books should be included in the Canon. The long answer is to discuss why and debate which side is right.
Apr
11
comment Why aren't the Biblical Apocrypha included in the protestant Bible?
Yes, it's not "old" versus "new" as stated in the question, but "Catholic" versus "Protestant".
Apr
11
comment The Grace Gambit
While I don't believe in salvation by works, I think Eric's answer likely sums up the position that such a person would take. Any "worksers" here to comment?
Apr
11
comment The Grace Gambit
The idea that grace means you can freely sin without fear of penalty is explicitly refuted in the Bible. Romans 6:1 ff. If you truly believed in grace, you would inevitably want to do good works.
Apr
11
comment The Grace Gambit
@BlueRaja Pascal's wager is an argument for Christianity over atheism. Sure, as an an argument for Christianity over, say, Islam or Hinduism, it doesn't work. But hey, you can't expect to refute every possible competing philosophy with three sentences. Give poor Pascal a break! :-)
Apr
11
comment How does Absalom's death foreshadow Christ?
Hey, a good argument is always fun, too.
Apr
11
comment Why did they choose Barabbas?
I agree with that.