Recent content by Stirling Bartholomew

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    Calvinism, Edwards, Necessity & Certainty

    It's been over 45 years since I read Freedom of the Will in a marathon front to back in Portland Or during 90f weather. Never claimed to understand Edwards.
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    The Complexities of Biblical Interpretation

    Basically the same point I was making.
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    The Complexities of Biblical Interpretation

    You start out with a false assumption that serious proponents of sola scriptura often overlook the subjects in Beaumont's list. They don't overlook any of them. I don't know who you are talking about and calling them proponents of sola scriptura.
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    Hate speech: Anti-Christian Antisemitism

    In what used to be called "the free world" the church as an institution is under attack. Hate crimes against symbols of the institution go unpunished. Verbal assaults on christians are considered acceptable and go unnoticed and unpunished. Since November 2016 expressions of hatred for...
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    Hate speech: Anti-Christian Antisemitism

    Search on "Church burning" ... were talking about a building set on fire which is a "hate crime." Paul Simon "A Church is Burning." Not a new idea. Very popular of late on a global scale.
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    Hate speech: Anti-Christian Antisemitism

    The expressions of distain for "theism" come from all sorts of people. Most of them are not young. I have a Navajo friend who has adult children and he regularly disparages Christians even though his wife attends a messianic congregation and is a student of Biblical Hebrew. He isn't a hater but...
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    Hate speech: Anti-Christian Antisemitism

    I live in Seattle, on the Left Coast, what I refer to as the "end of western civilization."
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    Hate speech: Anti-Christian Antisemitism

    I had an uncle who was a 'progressive' United Methodist and he was very outspoken about it but it didn't amount to hatred. He was from the same geographical location as the man I was talking to yesterday. He was the first person who made me aware of 'rightwing' groups in Eastern Washington. This...
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    Hate speech: Anti-Christian Antisemitism

    No. Hate isn't a feature of atheism. Nor is it a feature of neopaganism. I talked to a neopagan last week and she wasn't the least bit hateful.
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    Hate speech: Anti-Christian Antisemitism

    I was walking in a public park where I intentionally engage in conversations with people of every persuasion. Since November 2016 the hatred of all things Christian has been openly expressed. Some of this hatred comes from 'progressive' clergy who despise orthodoxy. I don't need to look beyond...
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    Hate speech: Anti-Christian Antisemitism

    Hardly a month goes by when I am not subjected to verbal attacks of virulent Anti-Christian hate. So it came as no surprise last night when someone I talk to periodically launched a diatribe against first Christians and then Jews. The speaker was a self identified atheist. He was also a firm...
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    Bishop: Pope's comments CONTRADICT Church, akin to teaching of Martin Luther

    "... very much a kind of sola fide teaching of Martin Luther.” Is he serious? Only someone coming from an alien framework (theological universe) could make such a claim. I am not following developments in the RCC. Martin Luther I have some familiarity with but not a lot. Sola Scriptura and the...
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    Post-apocalyptic fiction or post-apocalyptic fact

    These two statements put together are remarkable. I often wondered why someone promoting a particular interpretation of an ancient text would start out by informing us that s/he possesses no qualifications what so ever for interpreting this or any other ancient text. This happens frequently, so...
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    Error Too many redirects

    During the same time frame, I kept getting a bad certificate error page with every browser but the problem disappeared within 36 hrs with no intervention on my part.
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    Mark 11: 23 MajText M. Robinson/Pierpont

    I read the Byzantine text along with the others and don't get caught up in disputes about them. Discourse observations on cohesion and economy of expression are an independent exercise unrelated to determining the history of the text. Some have argued that the Byzantine is typically a longer and...
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