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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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revised What is hermeneutics?
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revised What is the meaning of “Sorceress” in Exodus 22:18?
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revised What is the meaning of “Sorceress” in Exodus 22:18?
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revised Was Jesus too young at 12 years old to go about His Father's business?
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revised What is the Godhead?
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revised 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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revised Was Jesus too young at 12 years old to go about His Father's business?
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revised Was Jesus too young at 12 years old to go about His Father's business?
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revised Was Jesus too young at 12 years old to go about His Father's business?
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revised Forgiveness, yes or no?
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revised What does Jesus mean in John 10:34?
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revised What does Jesus mean in John 10:34?
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revised Did Moses call himself the “most humble man on the planet”?
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revised How can we ensure a given “chiasm” was intentional by the author, and is not merely fanciful eisegesis?
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revised How to interpret John 6:32-33
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