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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) .


Jul
23
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
Jul
23
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.
Jul
23
revised What is the Godhead?
added a final paragraph regarding "one essence"
Jul
23
answered What is the Godhead?
Jul
23
revised Was Jesus too young at 12 years old to go about His Father's business?
more corrections and minor additions.
Jul
23
revised Was Jesus too young at 12 years old to go about His Father's business?
excised a duplicate paragraph
Jul
22
revised Was Jesus too young at 12 years old to go about His Father's business?
added a crucial comma!
Jul
22
revised Was Jesus too young at 12 years old to go about His Father's business?
errata
Jul
21
answered Was Jesus too young at 12 years old to go about His Father's business?
Jul
16
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
Jul
15
answered How was “let him take up his cross” understood by Jesus's audience?
Jul
15
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.
Jul
15
revised Forgiveness, yes or no?
tidied it up a bit; nothing major
Jul
11
comment Explain 1 Cor 5:5
@Cupidrex: Thank you for your kind words. Yes, I try to do a thorough job when answering a good question such as yours. I enjoy doing it, by the way, and I also enjoy connecting with Christians--like you--around the world. We will meet each other one day, of that I am sure! Don
Jul
11
answered Explain 1 Cor 5:5
Jul
4
comment What does Jesus mean in John 10:34?
@user4443: I proffer no argument to your insistence that God is one. God's oneness is Theology 101: "Hear, O Israel ! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one [LORD]!" (Dt.6:4) (the Shema). Jesus' "audacious" claim to be the Son of God, however, was backed up by authoritative words and miraculous deeds (re-read 10:37-38). I was struck recently by Jesus' words to the Samaritan woman at Jacob's well in Sychar. When she said "I know that Messiah is coming; . . . He will declare all things to us" (John 4:25). "Jesus said to her, 'I who speak to you am He'"(v.26). Check out Isa.9:6-7, too. Don
Jul
4
revised What does Jesus mean in John 10:34?
clarified the last paragraph
Jul
4
answered What does Jesus mean in John 10:34?
Jul
4
revised What does Jesus mean in John 10:34?
changed "none" to "one." BIG difference!
Jul
3
revised Did Moses call himself the “most humble man on the planet”?
a couple errata and minor changes in syntax