@ThomasShields yeah, you can definitely get graduated in the OK range. they look at way more than the stats that you can see. Part of it is just trends and whether they feel like you are at some nebulous state of critical mass...
the other thing is, even though it says we're "excellent" on "avid users", there's not quite enough participation. Part of it has to do with the low question count, but if I can come in and reach the top of weekly participation for a few days, after only like 4 days, obviously there's just not enough of a "critical mass", yet
@Ben i don't doubt you have. However you did mention that you had only heard one verse. I suggest its more than that. However I will not condemn you. Any man who claims not to struggle with sexual issues, even in the context of a heterosexual relationship is lying.
I have a feeling that asexual people still struggle with sexual issues, just not in the same way. I would guess (and its a guess here because I don't recall speaking to anyone who was openly asexual) that they feel the crush of sexualized culture and perhaps feel something missing. It may be more of an identity issue, but its still a struggle with their sexuality.
@TRiG My thought process on this stems from my personal philosophy that no one can escape sexual issues. While it is one of the most beautiful things we have been given its also one of the most easily corruptible (I don't think its a coincidence that the Bible starts with A&E naked and their first instinct after sinning is to cover up). Whether you put stock in the Bible or not, I feel like this is significant.
So, I was thinking about asking (and answering some of) a series of questions titled "How does Character X typify Christ?" or "How does Scenario Y foreshadow Christ's work?". For example, after hearing a sermon on 2 Samuel 18, I wanted to ask "How does Absalom's Rebellion and David's behavior for...
I especially hate not knowing whether it was a user who wanted to close but lacks the rep (and thus downvoted instead), which means i need to redo my question, or someone who just doesn't like the question or something
@waxeagle it was my implementation of my earlier meta question. Is too non-constructive? http://christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/7007/how-does-absaloms-death-foreshadow-christ
@waxeagle Perhaps. The stories we tell ourselves are important. It would be interesting to see a cross-cultural comparison on how other creation mythologies deal with nudity. I know that many are far more sexual that the Genesis stories, but I can't recall anything about human nudity and shame in any of them. But then, I'm no anthropologist.
@waxeagle "In Our Time" is absolutely brilliant. It's a programme on the history of ideas. I once listened to a show on gravitational waves. The guests were two physicists and a historian of science. At the end of the show the host, Melvyn Bragg, said, "Next week, Greek and Roman love poetry." Their range really is that broad. They do a lot of philosophy and not a little theology.
@waxeagle Oddly, the clearest example from my own life comes from a little thing that happened when I was one of Jehovah's Witnesses. And the "ethical issue" is one that I would not now consider ethically problematic (except insofar as eating meat is problematic at all, but that's a side issue). I could very easily make up a fictional version of this which would be more generalisable, but I'll tell the story as it actually happened, within the Witness context.
So, a bunch of us were out in the pretty village of Clonaslee, in the lee of the Slieve Bloom mountains, witnessing (a.k.a. knocking on doors), and we stopped for lunch in a little café, where we had a full Irish breakfast (a plate of very tasty greece).
One of the consituent parts of a full Irish is a slice of black pudding, which contains pig blood. In fact, it contains very little else. We, being good Witnesses, left these slices uneaten on the sides of our plates. (Why we were all having full Irish breakfasts I do not know. Maybe we weren't, but that's how I remember it. Tip: never have a full Irish before noon: it's too much.)
One of the guys was from Canada. He remarked that when he'd first moved to Ireland, he'd had no idea what black pudding was, and had eaten it a few times.
One of is (I think it might have been me, but I wouldn't swear to it), asked him whether he felt guilty about that.
"Ah, no," he said. He'd had no idea he was breaking the commandment, so he felt no guilt or discomfort about it.
And I ... I wasn't comfortable with his answer.
Even though I completely agreed with his reasoning.
Oedipus had no reason to feel guilt for marrying his mother, but surely we would not say that shame was inapropriate?
Even if you're not guilty, surely you should feel some discomfort?
And if you feel no discomfort, does that not mean that you don't actually take the law seriously? It means that to you it's just a silly formality, with no actual ethical dimension. Or so it seems to me, anyway.
Anecdote: I've had black pudding since. I don't like it.
@TRiG depending on the rationale of why they were vege I'd say they'd be relatively horrified if they found out. If they were vege because of animal rights they'd be guilt ridden, if they were vege because of a real commitment they'd be shamed, and if they were vege for health reasons or a weak commitment they likely wouldn't care...
@waxeagle And if they were vege for animal rights reasons, eating meat by mistake is, technically, something you shouldn't feel guilty about. And yet we'd be surprised at (and perhaps somewhat uncomfortable with) a person who didn't feel guilt in that situation.
And that's because our culture isn't entirely a guilt culture. We're on that end of the scale, but we still have elements of the shame culture.
The Bible teaches that human life begins at conception. Or so people say (they can be a little unclear, when asked, on where, exactly, the Bible teaches this, but it is nonetheless a defining tennent of modern Evangelical Christianity). This doctrine is younger than the McDonald's Happy Meal.
I noticed the accept check mark icon changed a little while ago.
Just an opinion - it looks very similar to the vote up or down button, may be better to make it look different to avoid confusion, especially with non technical people.
For example, in stackoverflow the check mark to accept an an...