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August 9th 2012, 04:21 PM
This is an interesting thread, but I do have some concerns about the way "being obviously true" is approached. It just seems that the prejudice of our post-enlightenment cognitive heritage is to...
July 15th 2012, 01:00 AM
Don't we all "see through a glass darkly?" We don't know what we will become---not yet. There are a lot of underlying assumptions on every front, as well as a lot of insecurity, IMHO.
July 5th 2012, 01:17 PM
What does it matter if so-called free will could or could not obtain in a robot, however composed? If a jelly donut had free will and could suffer such that moral categories could somehow apply to...
June 28th 2012, 12:51 AM
I remember Spinoza (affirmed by Schopenhauer) saying that, if a stone being thrown through the air had sentience, it would think it were flying by its own volition. We seem obsessed by defining our...
June 27th 2012, 11:47 PM
True. Nevertheless, I tend to think that a lot of our self-perceived "indignation" is a mere habitual response thrown up by the naked ego to hide its vulnerability. We do become "indignant" when...
June 26th 2012, 12:30 PM
In general, it would be extremely refreshing to be able to set ego aside, along with the attendant pride and fear and mutual disrespect that so often accompanies debates concerning religion and...
November 21st 2005, 11:51 AM
If you really don't know, then it would perhaps also be appropriate to confess that you don't know that his choice of you had nothing to do with who you are---perhaps it did. Yet, his choice becomes...
November 17th 2005, 11:22 AM
("Baaaaaaaaaaah" is simply the sound sheep make---at least according to see-and-say.)
November 17th 2005, 11:04 AM
Theonomy is more than an ideal or a single ethical pronouncement; it is a complex web---the completion of which begs for some kind of implementation. Its "truth" seems to require a program of some...
As far as theonomy is concerned, how might we go from theory to practice? Exactly who, in our day, is to enforce the law as has been proposed? It seems to me that we are very, very far from any...
November 4th 2005, 11:25 AM
Thanks for the kind words---I always appreciate what you have to say as well.
Maybe the supposed "inability" of God to "forgive without payment" relates only to his ordained power and not his...
November 3rd 2005, 12:10 PM
How do you know that God sent atheism to reshape and purify theism? Granted, theists are sometimes overly prideful---but do not atheists suffer from the same illness?
Mutual humility is no...
November 3rd 2005, 11:56 AM
Is it true that God cannot forgive without payment for some reason intrinsic to his character, or is it, perhaps rather that God chooses to set up the world in such a fashion? (Not that these two...
November 2nd 2005, 10:41 AM
This thread has escaped my attention until now, but I have to say that there's something to it. I'm interested in where you want to take the insight of your OP; have you read Denys Turner, for...
October 26th 2005, 06:59 PM
I'd be curious to know precisely why you or your pastor might think that "some OVT's are probably not Christian in doctrine," GB. I've also heard the common Reformed critique of Dispensational...
October 26th 2005, 06:21 PM
I didn't mean to come across as "preaching" at you, C4H---not at all. Sorry if I sounded that way....
Exactly. One simply cannot legitimately dismiss Calvinism via the Servetus affair, for...
October 26th 2005, 12:05 PM
The emphasis should be on "was a highly regarded representative of." Of course, there are still some who champion him, even yet, but it seems plain that such are misguided---to put it charitably.
October 26th 2005, 11:34 AM
But why would being an Arminian or an OVT irk him? Michael would still be his brother, after all....
October 26th 2005, 11:29 AM
But Swaggart isn't characteristic of either Arminianism or Pentecostalism. Neither would hold him up as a moral example. But before his hypocrisy was exposed, he did "preach Christ" after a...
October 26th 2005, 09:35 AM
We could sometimes do better---no doubt about it. Some of our exchanges can be hilarious, though, and we could enjoy grace and humour with a little extra effort.
October 26th 2005, 09:12 AM
Uh, why can't we all just---get along?
(It's no doubt the fault of those cantankerous Calvinists! :wink: )
October 26th 2005, 08:54 AM
GB, You should tell your pastor to register here and engage this debate (and others) directly....
October 25th 2005, 11:07 AM
In my experience, what we call "doubt" is an indispensible part of our basic awareness of the world---together with all the conflicting points of view we human beings entertain. We are all aware of...
October 21st 2005, 06:08 PM
But---where is it???
October 21st 2005, 06:06 PM
Where does everyone live? I'm in Virginia....
October 21st 2005, 05:58 PM
We should have one. If we did it in the springtime, it would have to be sometime during my spring break. Summers are good---since I don't work then at all....
October 21st 2005, 02:53 PM
I've always tended to read your posts with careful consideration, and I am often reluctant to criticize what you say, for various reasons. I for one do not revile you. I may well be one...
October 21st 2005, 11:11 AM
I'd like to sit down to dinner with everyone here one night and have some extended face to face conversations---to look into everyone's eyes. Face to face, we might be able to understand things...
October 21st 2005, 10:31 AM
I agree with this. This thread is replete with brilliantly devised ideas concerning the history of doctrine that, however interesting they may be as speculative associations, just don't seem to...
October 20th 2005, 09:44 AM
Most of our interaction with one another involves clashes over theological issues, but it is certainly biblical for theology to unify us as well. We are called to love one another, and this, too, is...
October 19th 2005, 10:31 AM
I just want to extend my warmest feelings to all of you here---and to let you all know that there seems to be a glitch in the matrix.
Please carry on.... :wink:
October 19th 2005, 10:21 AM
Who spiked the eggnog? :eek:
October 18th 2005, 07:28 PM
I'm beginning to piece it together, however imperfectly.
That question seems to require evaluative criteria for what constitutes "greatness," as well as a specific philosophical stance on...
October 17th 2005, 01:48 PM
Seer has a point of view, just as you have one. He has, at least partially, disclosed what his point of view entails---while your own point of view remains largely undisclosed. Neither one of you...
October 17th 2005, 09:26 AM
Is the "game" you're playing the common childhood tactic of repeating things over and over without any relevant cognitive involvement? Do you have anything substantive to say---such as the...
October 14th 2005, 11:49 AM
And your posts are strictly on topic???
Well, it's good to see you care....
I'm dazzled by the blazing glory of your humility.
October 14th 2005, 11:11 AM
You're apparently very good at making cryptic authoritarian pronouncements and putting on airs of superiority. If this kind of thing pleases you, I suppose it could be seen as an end in itself; you...
October 13th 2005, 11:09 AM
The Word and experience often complement one another. But everyone should beware the danger of excess---whether in experience or in knowledge of the Word. If we take the things God has given us and...
October 10th 2005, 11:46 AM
The "monster" allegation is part of a common script---a repeated polemical exchange. Most know that neither side believes God a "monster." Neither side believes God unjust. One has to get beyond...
October 10th 2005, 11:24 AM
"A Cow Poem"
Among lush grasses and swirling purple shadows
moving in sunlight, fixed and chewing
black and white and deepest brown
and swarms of winged' things surround
her unregarded beauty....
October 10th 2005, 10:45 AM
You know, GB, I think that the gospel is bigger than Calvinism or Arminianism, and the fellowship of the Spirit should transcend Fords and Chevys. Sometimes our preoccupation with doctrinal split...
October 6th 2005, 10:05 AM
I believe that all human efforts to encapsulate how divine sovereignty and human freedom intertwine become guessess at best. Then we dogmatize our guesswork---and we argue. Humility...
September 27th 2005, 09:56 AM
It'll be interesting to check out this book. But this will not be the first time the political problems surrounding Dordt have been explored. Besides, the fact that there was a huge political slant...
September 22nd 2005, 05:58 PM
I don't believe that scripture ever answers this question directly or exhaustively in such a way that would settle contemporary debates. Both inclusivists and exclusivists often resort to...
September 22nd 2005, 11:23 AM
Hey GB. My computer is ailing---a sick little "robot" if ever there was one. A few quick remarks before I go off to class... "Robots" and "programs" are still just technological metaphors, and...
September 22nd 2005, 10:47 AM
Very true, Severus!
September 22nd 2005, 10:15 AM
I think GB needs to define very closely just what he means by "robot." He is using human technology as a metaphor for what we are, and this, though all too common in our discussions, remains...
September 14th 2005, 10:28 AM
I mean both moral acts and rules. You affirm that moral acts don't escape the matrix of determinism. As to rules, well, if they are necessary truths, one would think they find their origin in the...
September 13th 2005, 09:16 AM