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formerdemfortrump 1 point ago +1 / -0

Does anyone know what rebuttal they have been using for this? Or are they just completely ignoring it?

I could do a little Twitter perusing but I don't think I can bear it.

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formerdemfortrump 2 points ago +3 / -1

My issue with flat earth is this: what reason do we have for thinking that is the case? Let’s say we can poke holes in the spherical model of Earth. Let’s say there’s some issues with “putting all the data together” into a single coherent spherical model. But why then assume that the Earth is flat? Why not a cube? Is there a compelling, mathematically/scientifically rigorous model for a flat Earth?

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formerdemfortrump 2 points ago +2 / -0

It would have to be enough fraud to change the outcome of the state's winner to set things in motion. But I think there was more than enough fraud in Arizona.

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formerdemfortrump 1 point ago +1 / -0

Not going to weigh in on Hitler’s overall moral worth, but the claim that Hitler was NOT a true supporter of Christianity is absolutely true. Not sure why his comment got so many downvotes. There’s solid evidence that, behind closed doors, Hitler wished that Christianity would perish. Hitler tolerated Christianity because so many of his countrymen were Protestants and Catholics. But it’s another thing altogether to say that Hitler WAS a Christian.

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formerdemfortrump 1 point ago +1 / -0

The expression “Mother of God” is a shorthand for Mary, Mother of God-the-Son (Or Mother of God-incarnate). It’s not meant to imply that Mary is the mother of Godthefather, or of Christ (the Son) in his eternal co-existence with the Father.

The emphasis on Mary in the early Church was a way of coming to appreciate Jesus’s dual nature. Fully man, fully God. It is through Mary that Jesus has his humanity. But his eternal existence is thought by Catholics to be independent of her of course.

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formerdemfortrump 0 points ago +1 / -1

As far as I understand it, Christianity is a merging of Paganism and Judaism. It is the "crossroads of Athens and Jerusalem" to borrow a common expression.

By Pagan I mean "Roman and Greek thought" and not dark ritual, occult-type things that some people seem to mean when they use the term "Pagan." The NT is mostly written in Greek. And think of the term used for Christ in the opening of John: "In the beginning was* the word * . The term used for "word" here is Logos(λόγος). This is a term with a long-standing tradition in Greek and Roman philosophy (Stoicism, neo-Platonism), so in that sense "Paganism" is entwined in Christian thinking. It's not Paganism per se which Christians should be worried about, in my opinion, but the corrupting of institutions (which we've seen a whole lot of in the Roman church).

On another note, I don't think you can clearly demarcate a clear break between pre-313 AD Christianity and post 313 AD, Many of the beliefs of the Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox that Baptists/Evangelicals consider "Roman paganism" were held by Church fathers before the time of Constantine. Things like "the Eucharist," "the importance of Mary" etc. This point really hit me when I started reading the Church fathers a few years ago.

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formerdemfortrump 1 point ago +1 / -0

Your son is not selfish for not taking the vax, and he's certainly not stupid. Even if these vaccines provide benefit for the elderly, how did we ever get to point where we are pushing younger people to introduce unnecessary risk into their lives with a vaccine that provides them no benefit. The younger generations contribute to society by being young and strong, not by injecting themselves with an experimental vaccine.

I'm happy to hear your son did not comply. That takes conviction.

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formerdemfortrump 4 points ago +4 / -0

It’s not a great look for the Crown or the Vatican, but it’s also not quite as the media is implying with their headlines. Treatment of the Indigenous tribes of North America by Europeans has certainly been rough, to say the least. A lot of these “mass graves” are children who were put into “Westernization” type programs who later died from tuberculosis or some other disease. That these children deserved better treatment is obvious.

The story is being used to spur mass protests in my opinion. The burning of churches is not an accidental result.

I find it curious people on this thread are willing to believe that the MSM headlines are completely true on this issue, but not for any other story. I can’t help but wonder if it’s because of the strong presence of Baptists and Evangelicals on Q boards. The centuries old conflicts between Baptists and Catholics are still at play sometimes.

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formerdemfortrump 1 point ago +1 / -0

No there's certainly other differences --Mary, the Eucharist, etc.. Just going with the one you mention ("the worship of Mary"), the two sides sometimes seem to be speaking past each other. Catholic/Orthodox doctrine holds that one should venerate Mary, but not worship. Protestants perceive it as worship, but Catholics perceive it as veneration.

But the bigger question that looms is: what is our criteria for what counts as scriptural and what is not scriptural?

There doesn't seem to be a simple answer to that sort of question.

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formerdemfortrump 1 point ago +1 / -0

It seems to be one of the main points of contention that make it difficult for Protestants on one side and Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodoxy on the other to settle the issue of Purgatory. While I believe in God, I'm agnostic to Christianity.

From the outside, debates like this seem to be impossible to settle satisfactorily because the two sides cannot agree on a common canon to interpret. In other words, the question looms whether a believer is to side with Luther + Calvin on the so called Deuterocanon's place in the bible, or the Roman and Eastern Church.

The very question of how the Bible should be compiled seems to be at stake.

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formerdemfortrump 1 point ago +1 / -0

It depends on whether you accept Maccabees as Scriptural whether you deem belief in purgatory to be Biblical.

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formerdemfortrump 2 points ago +2 / -0

I haven't made up my mind up about dual citizenship generally (whether it would be ok for people in the general public) but there should not be dual citizens working in the Pentagon, cabinet positions (at least ones pertaining to foreign policy), or in leadership positions in the military.

There are a striking number of Israel-US dual citizens in the Pentagon, and in military/civilian intelligence. It's time we grapple with the dangerous repercussions of this trend.

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formerdemfortrump 2 points ago +2 / -0

I know some Latin :)

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formerdemfortrump 2 points ago +2 / -0

Man would I like to roam freely through the Vatican library. Many of the secrets of human history can be learned there.

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