Welcome! I already love you for so many reasons!
Not the least of which is that you are an Irish gentleman!
I am not a trained scholar theologically but I am in quest of knowledge and answers. So forgive me in advance if I take up your time with what may seem mundane to you. I can handle courteous rebuke!
Ah, I've been famished in the past for courtesy myself.
Now, from patrick:
Guess it makes sense, I didn't really "join" back then. Only recently have I come back here and decided to be an active poster.
Hi luke! Better late than never with the welcome, yes? :wave2:For those interested, my name is Luke. I'm an irishman, a private person, musicologist and virtuoso musician, a Christian, and a know-it-all jackass. At least, that's what a scholar is essentially, right?
In terms of theology, I am non-denominational and relate to Christians of all different sorts. More specifically, I am a Trinitarian, against the primacy of the Apostolic See or any Orthodox order, because of my position on Christian history and biblical scholarship, and lastly I think of salvation in terms of Mere Christianity, in that any person who has faith in Jesus Christ is in the family, no matter the theological views.
Why am I here? My grandfather was a Greek scholar with a Master's in Divinity, and I'm largely like him. In terms of professional experience and degrees, I support arguments and cite facts, that's all you need to know. Ask me to cite a fact or support an argument, and I will not be obtuse, I will cite the argument and support the fact like any classically trained gentleman. That's one of my pet peeves, when P1 and P2 don't imply C, and someone hasn't the basic education required to see that, yet they are engaging in debate on an academic subject (an example of my jackassery).
With all of that said, I am courteous. I have my views, yet I am a courteous man and will never insult, condescend, use ad hominem argumentation, belittle, or willingly offend unless it is incidental to presenting a logical case.
Hi luke! Better late than never with the welcome, yes? :wave2:
It sounds like you've been around religion for a while, but are you in the faith( 2 Corinthians 13:5 KJV)? If so, what is the gospel of your salvation?
|Come Holy Ghost|
It's God's will that all men be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth not come unto the knowledge of the truth to be saved as so many religious mistakenly impose.Personally, I believe that if you truly affirm the contents of the Apostle's Creed, and personally accept Christ as both your Lord and Savior, however capable or incapable you are of understanding other theological issues you are a Christian.