@TRiG Namely, Calvinisic theology takes you out of control of your own salvation and makes you entirely dependent on somebody elses choice. If you get past that and move on to the fact that the one who makes that choice is abundantly gracious, the lights come on and it starts being not just something lovable, but something much more precious than mans-choice based views.
I'm not sure that intrinsically good is a useful, or even meaningful, measure. I'd go with intrinsically valuable. Humans are valuable (to humans, which is what we are). Hence we should seek to minimise pain. And there's the basic foundation of a consistent ethical system.
@waxeagle I am not the universe. Collective guilt is not my thing.
> Human beings, across cultures and throughout history, seem to share a few core ethical values, hard-wired into our brains by millions of years of evolution as a social species. Those values: Fairness, harm and the avoidance thereof, loyalty, authority, and purity. (Some think there may be one or two others, including liberty and honesty; but those aren’t yet as well-substantiated, or as well-studied.)
> Liberals prioritize very different values from conservatives. When asked a series of questions about different ethical situations, self-described liberals strongly tend to prioritize fairness and harm as the most important of these core values — while self-described conservatives are more likely to prioritize authority, loyalty, and purity.
I'm have a question that I don't think is on topic over on Christianity.SE even though it is the exchanges in chat there constantly raise the issue. This is a kind of thought experiment.
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." -- Aristotle
The expression "hate the sin, love the sinner" gets thrown about in both Christian and non-Christian circles, but it does not seem to a bible verse. Is it a biblical concept or just a popular cliche? If Biblical, does it apply to God, men or both?
Some say "that's the way that Jesus lived". Are ...
So, you want to change your username to something new. Should an application allow you to do this?
Let's say that you have a unique URL that points to your profile. Let's assume it is human readable like /site.com/joesoap/. This makes the SEO gods smile. If you change it to josephsoap all th...
I was reading this article:
http://www.wbbjtv.com/news/local/Assault-Complaints-Filed-after-Incident-at-Church-130746713.html, and as a quick summation, a pastor and two deacons beat up his nephew the nephew's boyfriend, on church property.
So, the pastor may preach love (I have no idea), but...