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Apr
25
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
24
comment How does the Bible describe the gender roles?
Welcome to Christianity--StackExchange! You might be interested in this question on Genesis 2 and another on the correct translation of Romans 16:7 at the Biblical Hermeneutics site. I love the list and the use of rhetorical questions as answers. (The later, however, might come off as more, um, combative? aggressive? argumentative? than you might intend.) But +1 and a big thanks for the answer.
Apr
24
awarded  Excavator
Apr
24
comment What were Martin Luther's main disagreements with the Catholic Church?
I made a few minor edits. Please review them and make sure I didn't mess up your meaning at all.
Apr
24
revised What were Martin Luther's main disagreements with the Catholic Church?
Richard's answer is not now generally visible. Minor formatting changes, links, and an slight edit in the meaning of a sentence.
Apr
24
comment What were Martin Luther's main disagreements with the Catholic Church?
I've asked a related question about the current disposition of Luther's disagreements with Pope Leo X.
Apr
24
comment What was Paul's “revelation” (mentioned in Galatians 2:2)?
I see you have an account on Biblical Hermeneutics that you haven't used. This question would be an excellent fit over there if you would be interested in migrating it. (It's a fine question for this site too, but it would reach a different audience over there.)
Apr
24
asked Which of Luther's 95 Theses are still potentially valid critiques of Roman Catholicism?
Apr
24
comment Why do some traditions recite the Lord's Prayer word for word?
Welcome to Christianity--StackExchange! I agree with @ryanOptini--we've had a virtually identical question. Point #2 is a different question, but it's pretty easy to answer with a quick search or a check of a study Bible's cross-references. But you could probably edit the question to get at what you seem to be really asking, which is why some traditions recite the prayer word for word.
Apr
24
answered Did the church fathers or OT talk about the visible and invisible church?
Apr
24
comment How do schisms in the church fit into the plans of a monotheistic God?
I tend to agree. However, I think the broken institutions of the church will be redeemed in the end. Like at the end of The Lord of the Rings when the Fellowship, such as is left of it, receives particular honor. I think in the end, we will recognize whole groups of Christians as worth of special notice apart from their individual faith. Just something to ponder. (+1)
Apr
24
comment How do schisms in the church fit into the plans of a monotheistic God?
@Dani: Well... I believe God has one plan. Here's how it ends: "After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”" (Revelation 7:9-10 ESV) (God bless you as well and welcome to Christianity.SE!)
Apr
23
comment What is the Catholic position on ethnic parishes today?
This need not be a solely Catholic question: I'm an active participant in both the English and Spanish services at our local church. Previously, my wife and I were members of a church that folded the Hispanic congregation into the English congregation for many of the same reasons you hint at here. But I can tell you from a purely practical point of view, that's a mistake. People will always chose to worship God in their heart language when they can.
Apr
23
comment How do schisms in the church fit into the plans of a monotheistic God?
Got it: we aren't schismatic since we have never received baptism. (But if I had, I'd still stand with Luther, so I'm not sure it makes much difference in the big picture.)
Apr
23
comment How do schisms in the church fit into the plans of a monotheistic God?
@Thomas: I was thinking: one God == one Church. (But there is also a little puzzle embedded in the way I phrased the question. Your question is a good first step in unraveling it. ;-)
Apr
23
comment How do schisms in the church fit into the plans of a monotheistic God?
For clarification, what does "communion with the members of the Church subject to him" mean? Does it mean that even though I refuse to submit to the Pope, I'm not a schismatic because I'm willing to interact (even learn) from those who are? Was Luther a schismatic? (Thanks for the answer, by the way. I really wasn't aware of this point (or virtually any other) of canon law.)
Apr
23
comment How do schisms in the church fit into the plans of a monotheistic God?
@Rex: Yes, that's true. Personally, I believe there is a good purpose for everything: "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28 ESV) That includes sickness, sin, and schism. (I hold a version of felix culpa theology, but I suppose denying that would make a reasonable answer too.)
Apr
23
comment How do schisms in the church fit into the plans of a monotheistic God?
@zipquincy: You have the kernel of a good answer there. I would point out that the primary difference between a club and a clique is that one is focused on a particular function or purpose, and the other is focused on self-preservation. (That's where my answer would start.)
Apr
23
asked How do schisms in the church fit into the plans of a monotheistic God?
Apr
18
comment The Christology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Thumbnail answer: Yes, he was influenced by Barth. He also wrote a Christological treatise called Christ the Center, which is excellent and orthodox as far as I can tell. Bonhoeffer's theology has come under attack in some circles because of personal letters written in prison that were published minus some relevant context. (When I dig out my copy of the book, I may attempt a real answer.)