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I am a scripting language connoisseur, regular expression aficionado, network geek, general lover of Linux and a frequent contributor to open source software. I transitioned to programming from other work because I was too busy automating my own work environment to actually do the other work. I have a hobby interest in cartography. For more see my personal site. Most importantly, my life is defined by the grace of God given to men through Jesus Christ. It is my ambition that everything I do would reflect His glory and point people towards Him.


Jun
4
comment Could a nobleman / lord join the clergy in the middle ages?
Four centuries across an entire continent full of countries that were often an odds with eachother and you think there is going to be a simple concrete answer to this? The issue isn't even thoroughly settled among very specific theological camps today. See for example According to Two Kingdom theology, could a man hold both secular and spiritual office?
Apr
15
comment Do more Britons than Americans profess Christianity?
Besides the lack of references and completely un-true sweeping generalizations, there is a cleverly disguised ad-homenim in here. You say "intelligent and well-educated people do not believe in supernatural beings", but it's fairly evident that you presume anyone who believes in anything supernatural is not intelligent. That's a pretty poor way to build your case.
Jul
12
comment How did ancient mystery religions impact Christianity?
@MarkC.Wallace The tie in there is that one group led to the other -- all those sects were related in a long string of variations on the theme. I'll try to edit with a few sources to properly show how this is relevant.
Mar
18
comment It wasn't thought that Jesus was Jewish until the Renaissance?
This sounds like it might possibly be a better fit on Skeptics. Have you considered that the format for this question is less one of history and more one of a notable claim being forwarded that needs (in)validating?
Feb
9
comment Does Jewish history record Jesus's saying “I am God” or similar utterance?
@Ali: Saying you make no assumptions and have no premises doesn't help your case. Everybody does, and it's much better to recognize them than to ignore them. Among other things, you've brought your believe that the four authors of the NT gospel accounts of Jesus life are not authoritative ancient texts that have a valid voice in describing Jesus statements and the reactions of Jewish Rabbis. Secondly you've made this question about proving a specific position without without engaging the evidence for the opposite position.
Feb
9
comment Does Jewish history record Jesus's saying “I am God” or similar utterance?
You've basically jinxed your own question by preloading it with a bunch of conditionals that preclude quality answers. In order for ancient texts to be authoritative, they usually need to be undisputed or at least have good attestation. In this case, the majority (and most credible) of the historical evidence contradicts your premise, so what you are really looking for is minority sources. Almost anything you get will be dubious. Answering this question with "none of texts X/Y/Z say anything of the kind" is only going to improve the case for the texts that DO cover the issue. Like the Bible.
Sep
25
comment What involvement did Jonathan Edwards have with the Conspiracy of 1741?
I'm not up to speed with History, but verifying the claim in the answer in your comment might be a better use of Skeptics. It sounds pretty shaky to me. Maybe the historical timeline from your question here and any relevant documentation should inform what further questions need to be asked, and where...
Sep
12
comment What do “roses” represent in the history of Protestant vs Catholic conflict?
I was going to ask this on Christianity, but without knowing whether the symbolism I'm looking for is even religious or just a historical reference, this seemed like a better place to track it down. Google has been quite unhelpful in this regard.
Nov
9
comment Which came first: polytheism or monotheism?
Any statement that polytheism "came first" must presume any form of monotheism to be false. If such a presupposition is not made, their entire timeline of pre-historic history falls apart.
Oct
31
comment Is there any corroborating evidence for the story of Sadrach, Meshach, and Abednego?
I've removed the ranting from the question pre-migration to History.SE. Please don't use questions as a soap box, only to give background for clear concise questions.
Oct
31
comment Is there any corroborating evidence for the story of Sadrach, Meshach, and Abednego?
I can migrate. The problem you're going to run into is that you picked a really obscure example. Christianity has plenty of much better documented miracles. The one you pick comes from an empire and age of history that doesn't have a lot of documentation about big events like wars, much less the smaller event here. As Christians sometimes we just have to trust the sources we have based on their accuracy on the ones we can reasonably verify.