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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.)
Apr
17
comment How should a Christian feel inside?
May I be the first to welcome you to Christianity--StackExchange. Thank you for the very comprehensive answer. I completely agree with your conclusions and you've done a lot of work to back them up with Scripture. +1 (One "complaint" I have is that the variety of verses you quote, each with their own context, break up the flow of the answer to a degree where I just skipped them. Maybe it would be profitable to just list chapter and verse in a parenthetical and skip the quoted text.)
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
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".