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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.
Feb
17
accepted Is there an English translation of the Bible that is accepted by most Christians?
Feb
17
comment Are there any alternative / emergent views on John 10:22-ff?
@David: I've seen this before on BH.SE. I think the site blocks people who haven't first visited their homepage. Very annoying and strange.
Feb
16
answered What's the goal of Catholic/Protestant ecumenism?
Feb
16
asked How can we practice Matthew 18:15 in a public forum?
Feb
16
comment Which traditions practice paedocommunion?
It might be a good idea to define "pedo-communion". Google doesn't provide much help there and exactly when a child has come of age might be in dispute. As an aside, in the church I attended with my parents, children where invited to the altar, but given grapes if their parents did not allow them to take the usual elements. Parents were free to choose for their children which they should take. Would this count?
Feb
14
comment Debtors vs. Trespassers
This has been asked at Biblical Hermeneutics. (Or at least the translation of Matthew 6:12 though not the liturgical issue.)
Feb
11
comment Biblical basis for Peter being the leader of the apostles?
My reading on this passage is that Peter was simply the more impulsive of the two. This is the same fellow who, earlier, got out of the boat to walk on the water with Jesus and, later, dived into the water to swim to Jesus on the shore. A normal person hesitates before the mouth of an open tomb, but Peter runs in. None of which is to say he wasn't the leader of the apostles--rather that he was very enthusiastic too.
Feb
10
revised What Bible passage contains Satan and God where God rebukes Satan?
Added a link so the OP can make the judgement of if this is what they were recalling. (I think you are correct, by the way.)
Feb
10
comment Supernatural beings in the Bible?
Strike the last: Unicorns in the Psalms?
Feb
10
comment Supernatural beings in the Bible?
Marginally related: Were the Nephilim in Genesis 6 aliens?
Feb
10
revised Resurrection importance in the Bible
added 2 characters in body