"I think that that had more to do with deference to God's will than with self defense. Jesus willed that He be taken so that He could fulfill the Father's plan... Peter was, albeit without realizing it, fighting against that plan.…"
"There's a world of difference between someone who thinks that God wants them to, if possible, defend their community from a terrorist and someone who thinks that God wants them to murder anyone who disagrees with them on any point of…"
"I don't believe that it is required of any Christian, whether gentile or Jew. I think that St. Paul was pretty clear that Jewish Christians were no more "under the law" than gentile ones.
I imagine that if I have sons, though,…"
"I like shooting and I believe in self defense and gun rights, but I don't find his position particularly offensive. My guns aren't for teaching people lessons; they're for target shooting, hunting and, in the unwanted and…"
"I think that this is an issue that necessarily needs to be negotiated democratically. It's easy for me to support immigration of farm laborers, janitors, etc., because they're not competing for my job... Their presence is an economic…"
"I don't own one, but I've shot a friend's a number of times. The first time, I went into it thinking that I was shooting it as more of a historical experience than a good shooting one, and boy was I wrong. It was a delight…"
"The US is huge and there is a lot of good hunting in a lot of US states. If you haven't planned your trip yet, which part of the country are you planning to visit? From there, it would be easier to help you find good hunting…"
"You've apologized. I would make some other apologetic gesture (getting the drink tab, getting him a decent cigar if that's his thing, or something along those lines). But, at the point where you've apologized and done…"
"The revisions have been very controversial, but the translation was commissioned in the mid-fifties by the National Association of Evangelicals. It was translated with an unreasonably large translating team, and, judging from the text, a…"
"I don't know that I'm sold on the position of modern scholars on that particular verse, but the difference is because modern scholarship suggests that the portion missing from the NIV was a later addition/"corruption" to the…"
"Which version to use depends largely on your own preferences/purposes. It you're going into it without any particular basis to pick a version, though, I would recommend starting with the RSV. It's one of the versions…"
"I don't want this to descend into a debate about the civil war. All I'm saying is I don't know what the common soldier was fighting for/thought they were fighting for, or what their family thought they were fighting for. In an age…"
"His history is extremely one sided. He completely ignores the fact that 4.5 slave states remained in the Union, 4.5 left the Union only after the attack on Fort Sumter, the same economic warfare England had used on the American colonies the North…"
"I think the thing about when neo-confederates pull out the "ordinary soldier didn't fight for slavery" argument is that few, if any, ever cite actual soldiers' words in support of this argument. Surely there are CSA soldier…"
"You could be right. We just don't know what these folks were told when they were being recruited. Some may have been told, yes, this war is about slavery, but it's also about...Personally I think all this, is good for our country.…"
"Even if a monument "commemorates those that gave their lives", it is commemorating those that gave their lives in the service of a political regime whose primary goal was enslavement of blacks, regardless of how those individual soldiers…"