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I've been a Christian since 1985, and a member of East Heights United Methodist Church in Wichita since 1994, though I no longer live in Wichita. My theology is Wesleyan/Arminian, but I don't think all Christians must share this view.

I believe that the Bible is inspired but not inerrant, that it was written to teach us about God and not the physical universe.

I believe faith is not an intellectual pursuit but a transformation of our entire being.


Mar
12
accepted Who incited David to take a census and what's wrong with taking a census anyway?
Mar
10
asked Who incited David to take a census and what's wrong with taking a census anyway?
Mar
8
comment Is John 7:53-8:11 original to John's gospel?
I'll make further comments in chat.
Mar
8
comment Is John 7:53-8:11 original to John's gospel?
I'm not so sure his comments aren't germane. It seems this question is premised on the assumption that textual criticism can determine what is inspired. If we don't make that assumption, how would we reach that conclusion?
Mar
8
comment Why did the witnesses lay their coats at Paul's feet?
Also, it would have been widely understood that Hellenized Jews had the power in Jerusalem. The Romans, after all, had allowed Temple worship to continue only on the condition that the Romans got to choose the High Priest.
Mar
8
comment Why did the witnesses lay their coats at Paul's feet?
I think it was established fairly early that Christianity was a branch of Judaism. Roman historian Suetonius wrote of the time of Emperor Claudius (circa 50 AD), "As the Jews were making constant disturbances at the instigation of Chrestus, he expelled them from Rome." Acts 18 refers to Aquila and Priscilla, two Christian teachers who were expelled at that time.
Mar
8
comment Is John 7:53-8:11 original to John's gospel?
@swasheck: This question is asking about biblical inspiration. Is it your contention that only the "most probable original text" is inspired?
Mar
8
comment Is John 7:53-8:11 original to John's gospel?
What is the rationale for claiming the canon should consist of our best reconstruction of the original documents, rather than the documents as they have been passed down to us?
Mar
8
comment Is John 7:53-8:11 original to John's gospel?
@Lance, yes, but they usually defend it due to style analysis, not ancient documentary support.
Mar
8
comment Does the “lost leaf” theory for Mark's abrupt ending fail if written on a scroll?
I can't say for certain, but my understanding is that papyrus was not likely to tear while it was new. Bookbinding techniques were less reliable, and a page could get missed while sewing them together.
Mar
8
comment Is John 7:53-8:11 original to John's gospel?
That's not correct. This passage doesn't appear in any manuscripts dated prior to the 5th century. The canon was set by the late 4th century.
Mar
8
accepted Why did the witnesses lay their coats at Paul's feet?
Mar
8
awarded  Civic Duty
Mar
4
asked Why did the witnesses lay their coats at Paul's feet?
Mar
2
comment Jesus's genealogy: 28 generations or 41 since David?
@Freed, we can't know definitively why the two lists are so different; the most commonly suggested ways to reconcile them are at the top of my answer.
Mar
1
comment Is Keller's view of the father in the Prodigal Son parable a reasonable interpretation?
Re: The story about ben Honi and the rain--is it this story?
Feb
28
comment Does the original Hebrew support the NLT of Genesis 6:3?
Does "his days will be one hundred and twenty years" mean limiting the human lifespan, or was God giving people 120 years until judgment? Or is it intentionally ambiguous?
Feb
26
answered Was Moses the probable author of Genesis?
Feb
18
comment How should the first line of Judges 5:2 be translated?
@Jon You can borrow any book through your regular public library if it participates in the Interlibrary Loan program (and most do). Your library will send a request to the nearest library that owns the book, and you'll usually receive a copy within a few days.
Feb
15
comment Is 1 Corinthians 14:33-35 an interpolation?
Also: 6. The verses were original to Paul's letter, but the copyist at Corinth accidentally omitted them, and then wrote them into the margin. The original was kept by the church, and only the copy with the words in the margin was circulated.