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Apr
17
comment Can indirection bring us closer to Christ?
Now you're speaking my language! But it's a two-edged sword, isn't it? On the one hand, the Spirit does redirect the Ghost to himself as God's representative, but on the other, he had to do that as the Ghost had made on idol of theology. He had (and I am well acquainted with the problem) substituted academic belief for actual belief. And further, the Spirit was a close friend in whom the Ghost could be expected to trust. And the goal would be to rid oneself of the intermediary when the real thing can be obtained directly, right?
Apr
17
comment Can indirection bring us closer to Christ?
Thanks for taking the time: it's fun to read and think about, and its usefulness is directly proportional to the usefulness of Marian consecration itself. I would love to hear more of your experience 9 years ago (though this might not be the ideal place for that). I'm not sure I ever took notice of Luke 2:33-5. But isn't it Jesus' heart that is being referred to in the quote in the question? You've (once again) given me a lot to think about.
Apr
16
comment What was the debate at the Reformation concerning “non extra carnem” vs. “extra calvinisticum”?
Thanks for the update. (This isn't the easiest question to answer, I'd say. ;-)
Apr
16
comment What's the deal with oil?
@Thomas: Being greedy for questions on BH, I'm not the right person to ask. However, I don't see a lot about this question that is particularly Christianity-related; lots of ancient cultures used oil for anointing.
Apr
16
comment Can indirection bring us closer to Christ?
@Marc: I was thinking of something along the lines of K&R section 5.6 where a qsort of variable length character arrays is best solved with an array of pointers. (I suppose this optimization has been built into the abstraction of most higher level languages.)
Apr
16
comment What's the deal with oil?
FYI: This question (tagged with "history" and perhaps an example passage or two) would be perfectly acceptable on Biblical Hermeneutics. The key is that it comes from a desire to understand the meaning of a Biblical passage (or passages) rather than a question about Christian or Jewish practice. It seems the FAQ trips people up more than it should. (Note to self: think about how it could be improved.) Ping @Thomas.
Apr
16
comment What was the debate at the Reformation concerning “non extra carnem” vs. “extra calvinisticum”?
Welcome to Christianity--StackExchange! I'm not sure I understand the question myself, so it's not just you. In general, we encourage answers to include a bit more than links to search results. If you participate in the site a little bit more, you'll obtain the privilege of making comments, which would be a better place to post links such as this.
Apr
16
comment What was the debate at the Reformation concerning “non extra carnem” vs. “extra calvinisticum”?
Welcome to Christianity--StackExchange! Perhaps you could let us know what you've discovered so far in your research. How do you define the "majority position"? Maybe you can link to your working definition of the theological terms. (I also note that you use different terminology in the title of the question as compared to the body. Could you trace out the parallels for us?)
Apr
16
comment Can indirection bring us closer to Christ?
@Peter: Or as Paul says, "Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ." (1 Corinthians 11:1 ESV) Maybe my problem is that Mary and the Sacred Heart are harder to relate to (for me) than a spiritual mentor or an inspired (in the usual sense) author or even Jesus Himself. That's before I get to the tricky task of stringing the references together.
Apr
16
asked Can indirection bring us closer to Christ?
Apr
14
comment Is Knuth's 3:16 project unique?
The above image and the one for John 3:16 hang on my cubicle wall.
Apr
14
answered What's the deal with numbers?
Apr
13
comment What's the deal with numbers?
Outside of apocalyptic literature, numerology is a bunch of hooey if you ask me.
Apr
12
revised Is the Talmud compatible with Christianity?
added 2 characters in body
Apr
12
comment What's the deal with numbers?
Numerology is an important part of the vocabulary of apocalyptic literature. I asked an obliquely related question on 666 specifically for those who are interested.
Apr
12
comment What's the deal with numbers?
Possibly a duplicate of "Numerology and the Bible".
Apr
12
answered Is the Talmud compatible with Christianity?
Apr
11
comment What biblical reasons are there for using the Lord's Prayer as a pattern for prayer rather than a prayer to repeat verbatim?
When I was a Boy Scout, my troop tapped me to be Chaplain. On my first camping trip in office, I organized a mini-church service on Sunday morning. I assigned myself one duty: lead the troop in the Lord's Prayer. I was feeling so good about my position and the event (we didn't have anything like it in the past) and leading everyone in prayer. It was awesome. But when the morning arrived and I got ready to pray, I suddenly forgot the words. It was mortifying! If only I'd just prayed from my heart!
Apr
10
answered What biblical reasons are there for using the Lord's Prayer as a pattern for prayer rather than a prayer to repeat verbatim?
Apr
8
revised Why is Jesus' name pronounced differently in each language?
Fixed some typos.