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For the last 56 years, I have been a practicing Christian (liberally conservative and evangelical). Should any posting I make to any Stack Exchange website pique your curiosity as to the what and why of my beliefs, feel free to communicate with me at drlarter@yahoo.com. I do not claim to have all the answers--let alone all the questions(!), but I would consider it a privilege to discuss Christianity with you in a rational and civilized fashion.

My wife (a native Egyptian and Christian) and I have been married over 40 years. We have two grown children who have flown the coop, making us empty nesters.

I have a Master's degree in Speech Communications and three years of doctoral studies in Rhetorical Theory at the University of Pittsburgh. After a brief stint as a teacher of public speaking, I embarked on a couple of different and totally divergent pursuits by owning and operating two small businesses.

Tired of being in business for myself, I went back to school at Duquesne University's Paralegal Institute in Pittsburgh, where I was certified recently as a paralegal. I am currently looking for employment in that field, and would like to round out the last stage of my work life in some area of jurisprudence.

A rhetorical perspective is almost as natural to me as breathing. Overt and covert attempts at persuasion, whether written or spoken, are my legitimate targets for analysis, evaluation, and criticism. Of particular interest to the EL&U web site contributors would be, with some adaptations and modifications, the traditional canons of speech: style (elocutio), invention (inventio), organization (dispositio), memorability (memoria), and delivery (pronuntiatio or actio) .


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comment What is the Godhead?
@Vince: Guess we'll need to agree to disagree agreeably (although your use of the word "lie" could be interpreted as being disagreeable!). Perhaps there is a need to update the Nicene Creed, as well as the hymn "Holy, Holy, Holy" ("God in three persons, blessed Trinity"). Perhaps we need to come up with an alternative to "three persons." Regardless, since the term "trinity" is not in Scripture, perhaps to avoid misunderstandings about the personhood of God, we as Christians simply need to say, "I believe that the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Spirit is God." Could you live with that?
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comment What is the Godhead?
@Vince: that I as a person--a unity of personhood--can be a son to my mother, a husband to my wife, and a father to my children. My personhood is the same to all the people I just listed, but my role to each person is different. The same applies to the traditional tripartite aspect of human personhood, namely, spirit and soul and body. Each "part" of human personhood is the real me, just a different aspect of the real me. All analogies break down eventually, but analogies are about the best we can do when attempting to understand and explain God. Agreed? Don
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comment What is the Godhead?
@Vince: So many controversies can be solved (or at least "understood" as to why different people come to different conclusions) by defining key terms. One key term in the Trinitarian controversy is the word PERSON. Trinitarians, to the best of my knowledge, do not consider the personhood of God to constitute three separate gods or godhoods. No, the three persons of the trinity, each of whom is GOD, are one. In other words, what they have in common is divinity, and their divinity is what unites them; it does not separate them. About the only analogy that makes sense to us is . . .
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comment What is the Godhead?
@Daи: Point taken. I should have used a more grammatico-historical approach. After thinking about the question "How does the notion of 'fullness' fit into Paul's purpose for writing to the Colossians?" I'll have another "go" at it. Thanks for helping to keep me honest. Don
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comment What is the Godhead?
@Daи: ME=Middle English. As far as focus is concerned, the constituents of the Council of Nicea were not crafting the Creed out of whole cloth; rather, they used Bible passages such as Colossians 2:9 to craft it, passages which they interpreted accurately--or at least they believed they did--AND according to Paul's original authorial intention. What's the point of having creeds at all if we cannot trust the crafters of the creeds to have interpreted the Scripture accurately? Now if the Nicene Creed is not authoritative to you, well . . . , that's another kettle of fish! Don
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comment Was Jesus too young at 12 years old to go about His Father's business?
@Daи: My tongue was planted firmly in my cheek when I put the "AV" and the "RSV" cheek by jowl (to stay with the facial metaphor). There was a method to my madness, so to speak, and the method served its purpose. Don
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comment What is the Godhead?
@Daи: Point taken. However, what one person calls "garnish," another person might call "main course" (or at least part of the main course). I've revised my answer for a more full-orbed perspective. Don
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revised What is the Godhead?
reformatted a bit in reinforcing the notion that there is divine fullness in the entire Godhead: F., S., & H.S.
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answered What is the Godhead?
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revised Was Jesus too young at 12 years old to go about His Father's business?
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answered Was Jesus too young at 12 years old to go about His Father's business?
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comment How was “let him take up his cross” understood by Jesus's audience?
@Susan: Thank you. My "gut" says no, it would not be well attested. Do I have any research to back up my gut? No. Whereas some of Jesus' teachings and "sayings" were familiar to His disciples and were even in vogue within the Judaism of His day, some were not familiar. E.g., we know that Jesus' "Golden Rule" is simply a positive spin on the negative "golden rule" from earlier sources; namely, "Don't do to others what you wouldn't want them to do to you." I have a feeling, h.e., the essence of the Law (viz., love God supremely, love neighbor as self) is unique to Judaism. Don
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answered How was “let him take up his cross” understood by Jesus's audience?
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comment Forgiveness, yes or no?
Welcome to SEBHB! I've taken the liberty of editing your fine answer--rest assured, there was nothing major! You can highlight Scripture or a paragraph or more of quoted material by preceding the verse (or the other material you're quoting) with a >. Press "enter" twice after the first line, as I did in your verse from Proverbs, and precede the second line of your quotation with a >. To create a hyperlink, highlight (for example) a word in your text, such as "Constable"; go to Constable's web site; highlight and copy the IP address; go back to your answer; click the chain icon; paste the IPA.
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tidied it up a bit; nothing major