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Feb
22
revised Is it appropriate to capitalize pronouns referring to Jesus Christ?
Editing the "atheist" section to avoid the question of why they might not capitalize god.
Feb
22
comment Why is it that God the Father is alone capitalised in the third person?
6. They don't believe capitalization signals honor or respect.
Feb
22
answered Is it appropriate to capitalize pronouns referring to Jesus Christ?
Feb
22
comment Why did the popes begin issuing encyclicals?
Literacy and leisure time for reading also expanded at (or just before) that time. (I think the Holy Spirit stole the final period of your answer. ;-)
Feb
22
answered Atheism is the default position. Isn't the burden of proof on the Christian to assert that God exists?
Feb
22
comment “I will lift Your Name”
Welcome to Christianity.SE. I know the feeling of having words to a song stick in the throat because I don't agree (or perhaps, understand) the theology! I don't know that particular song, but crucifying Christ again doesn't sound like a good thing in Hebrews 6:6. Could it be a metaphor for our sin requiring Jesus to sacrifice Himself? (That might not be a bad question to ask here...)
Feb
22
awarded  Talkative
Feb
21
comment Why we do we “know” that Joseph wasn't Hyksos?
...reason I totally am jumping on the "Joseph is Hyksos" bandwagon. [I thought I better finish your thought. ;-]
Feb
21
comment What are modern Christian views of the soul?
N. T. Wright has an excellent article on the subject, which I am reading. When I finish, I might see if I can provide a summary as an answer. But perhaps it could help you phrase the question. (And if you want to turn around and answer it yourself from information in the article, you won't be stepping on my toes. ;-)
Feb
21
comment Protestant arguments for perpetual virginity of Mary
@cwallenpoole: I'm sorry? What does "that" refer to? Of course, any part of my comment might be false, but I'm curious which part you think most likely.
Feb
21
answered Protestant arguments for perpetual virginity of Mary
Feb
21
comment Protestant arguments for perpetual virginity of Mary
One possible answer to why Jesus instructed Mary to treat the beloved disciple as her son and instructed him to take in Mary is that her natural children were not (yet) His followers (cf. Mark 3:31-35). The Jewish and Roman ideals of virginity are evidence that cuts both ways: virginity might have been a secular ideal that crept into church tradition. (But +1 on a well-reasoned answer.)
Feb
21
answered What do Protestants say was the source for the doctrine of the perpetual virginity of Mary?
Feb
20
comment Is it possible to be both a humanist and a Christian?
@SteelyDan: It's foolish to complain that the answer is from a "theistic Christian" perspective, since the text of the answer is quite clear on that point. What else can insisting on putting "love of God" at the center of morality mean? I urge you to supply a competing answer, if you assert that Jesus was essentially a humanist. There really is no point in discussing what Christ did or did not believe in the comments and the best way to obtain the full range of Christian thought is to have a full range of answers to the question.
Feb
20
comment Is it possible to be both a humanist and a Christian?
@SteelyDan: Surely Christ himself believed in God, which is why he put loving God as the first commandment and loving others as a close second. That's the (very valid) point cwallenpoole seems to be making. It sounds like you ought to provide a competing answer rather taking potshots in the comments.
Feb
19
answered Is it possible to be both a humanist and a Christian?
Feb
19
comment What scholarship exists behind the WikiSource translation of the Bible?
@Ron: I'd really encourage you to take a look at the Biblical Hermeneutics site, which covers issues such as translation. One advantage I think you'll find is that there are several folks who are conversant in Hebrew who won't likely read this site. You clearly know your Hebrew and it would be interesting to see how you might answer some of the questions over there. I have an unanswered question related to producing a specialized translation that might interest you.
Feb
19
comment Is “the ends justify the means” compatible with Christianity?
Ignoring some of the rhetoric, I largely agree with this answer. +1. I think the Exodus 1 story is an example of picking the lesser of two evils. One of my heroes, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, was confronted with this type of choice over and over in his life. He had to give up some of his ideals (such as pacifism) in order to serve a greater purpose (he was involved in the plot to assassinate Hitler). I think it's important that we struggle anytime we contemplate doing something wrong and be sure there is no other solution, however.
Feb
17
comment What is the specific meaning of “day” in Genesis 1?
Tangentially related, but there is a question over at BH.SE about whether Genesis 1:1 refers to just day 1 or all 6 days.
Feb
17
comment Is there an English translation of the Bible that is accepted by most Christians?
Given the Orthodox preference for the Septuagint and the Protestant preference for the Masoretic Text, there probably is no middle ground between the two when it comes to the Old Testament. (I hadn't thought about the Eastern church sticking with the Greek text, but it makes total sense.) It's good information that at least one Orthodox Bishop used the RSV, which sounds like the closest we are ever going to get in this life.