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    It is invariably a shock to evangelical Christians to hear or read about someone who has turned his back on the "faith, which was once delivered unto the saints." The quick justification from most believers of such an announced occurrence will be to piously point out that anyone who turns away from Christ was never a real believer to begin with. Or as an insider might say it, "He was never born again."

    Read the rest at http://exchristian.net/exchristian/2002/04/sabbatical-or-my-anti-testimony.php

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  2. Tracie Harris and Don Baker. Failures in the News. Don talks about the Methodist schism and various sex abuse scandals. View the full article
  3. The Questions section is not intended to be used as a discussion page, just a question and answer page. I may have to change it to discussion format if the Q&A concept is not satisfactory.
  4. Actually, this belief has been going on for a long time now. Not sure why all the media attention at this stage of the game, but I've known anti-vaccine fanatics for years. All the ones I knew were Christians. https://www.google.com/amp/amp.timeinc.net/time/5175704/andrew-wakefield-vaccine-autism https://www.historyofvaccines.org/index.php/content/articles/cultural-perspectives-vaccination http://histmed.collegeofphysicians.org/for-students/the-anti-vaccination-movement/
  5. A date stamp appears on each comment/post under the name of each poster.
  6. Good luck with your move and please hurry back. It's been fun.
  7. William likely has accepted one of these two epistemological positions: Reformed Epistemology seeks to justify someone's belief in God by arguing that such a belief is properly basic, and as such no other justification is needed because properly basic beliefs are so basic that they have the nature of being axiomatic (self-evident). Axioms are assumed rather than proved. Reformed Epistemology argues that belief in God is a properly basic belief and as such one does not need any other evidence to justify holding the belief. You might say that Reformed Epistemology seeks for reasons why it does not need reasons. Then there is Presuppositionalism. Presuppositionalism states that we all have fundamental, core commitments that are not proved but rather assumed which allow us to answer questions about what is real, how we can know, and what is right and wrong. The presuppositionalist argues that unless one assumes the Christian God, then the foundation is not sufficient for there to be knowledge or anything. God is the ultimate axiom needed to make sense of the world. Presuppostionalists argue that God is so properly basic that we are justified in believing in Him because apart from Him we cannot know anything or predicate anything. Please forgive me if I've oversimplified here.
  8. You should be able to rate posts now. Thanks for the tech exchange offer. We have no plans to enable Giphy.
  9. It's a very small branch off the tree: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reformed_Presbyterian_Church_of_North_America
  10. Thanks for playing along. Since you apparently understand the fallacious nature of false dilemma questions, I wonder at your use of the approach. Seems disengenuous.
  11. So witty, but my question wasn't "Have you stopped leaving your house before your wife, or beating her as if in a race." So, when did you stop beating her? Just a date, please. Thanks.
  12. Your observations somewhat parallel my own. Thanks for the explanation.