Answers to Questions—2/10/2017-12/10/2017

Here are some of my answers to questions from the last week or so on Curious Cat.


Do you think Jesus cleansed the temple twice? [Answer]


What role does logic play in developing theology? … [Answer] [Follow-up]


When is it a good time to update/abandon/move on from a theological term because it becomes too distracting or misunderstood? … [Answer]


What do you think about The Best of All Possible Worlds theory? … [Answer]


Is it legitimate to say that God died on the cross? [Answer]


What do you think of discussing “theologies of …” blood, hair, place, suffering, etc?

Specifically theologies of place

Specifically if Protestants can or should have one? [Answer]


Both Yoder and Barth have been shown to be guilty of sexual sin (and I might add Yoder did his Phd under Barth). Should this alter our reading of them and if yes are we not hypocrites for letting Luther off with his racism towards Jews? [Answer]


… [W]hat exactly is natural law? [Answer]


Is it immoral to not believe in the existence of God? … [Answer]


Is it wrong to call on departed saints to pray for us, such as by praying the Ave Maria? [Answer]


Should we baptize ‘in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit,’ or in Christ’s name? … [Answer]


Why do you think the New Testament writers never mention the huge shift when women received baptism as the sign of the covenant, unlike the focus given to Gentiles? [Answer]


Does a baptized infant receive the new birth? If this is not the case, what is gained by not waiting until the child is old enough to believe unto salvation? [Answer]


Only a minority of U.S. Christians are even Calvinist, so why are the most learned and respected preachers seemingly mostly Calvinist? … [Answer]


If the role of ministers is to be set aside for “pray and the ministry of the word” (Acts 6:4), why are you concerned about “an unhealthy focus on this pastoral duty [that is, preaching and preparation thereof] often to the neglect of others?” [Answer]


If, as you say, marriage is consummated in the body of the woman, is a Christian couple free to have sex as long as they have decided to marry, even if they are not living together and have not participated of a public ceremony? … [Answer]


When is marriage consummated? In the sexual act, in the religious ceremony? [Answer]


This isn’t a question. In law in England and Wales, for a marriage to be consumated there has to be full penetration, otherwise the marriage could be annulled rather than a divorce.
SSM. I understand the law was not redefined, so there is no true equality. [Answer]


… Why exactly are people allowed to remarry after the death of their spouse, but not after divorce? I understand that the latter is considered adulterous, but if souls live forever, why isn’t the former as well? Should we take the single Jesus line about “no marrying or giving in marriage in Heaven” as a definitive proof-text about how Heaven works? Doesn’t that make marriage feel earthbound and temporary? [Answer]


… [H]ow much does the partially inaugurated new covenant change our approach in the realm of marriage, children, and so on? [Answer]


Can a shift in the perception of masculinity curb mass violence? [Answer]


… In your opinion, is there an basis to this claim that the home is an environment more “suited” to girls? [Answer]


‘All of this is to say that the home isn’t an environment suited to the flourishing of anyone nowadays.’

Are you serious? [Answer]


… What do you think are the things from which one is cut off when one is based at home? [Answer] [Follow-up]


So how can these goods be reintegrated into the home? For instance, in a typical suburban setting, designed around the car, with most people (certainly men) travelling some distance to work elsewhere? [Answer]


As Christians, who embrace an anthropology that places high value on community and a Gospel which has the impact of creating a certain sort of community, is the path forward a retreat from the modern design of life and it’s profound alienating force or the creation of a new sort of community within our modern culture? [Answer]


Why are odd numbers more commonly associated with masculinity whereas even numbers associated with femininity? [Answer]


What’s your view on using the preferred pronouns of trans people? [Answer]


… [I]f a transwoman (I.e male-to-female) has a ‘female’ brain, then why would it be wrong to consider the rest of the body as being defective rather than the brain/psychological part? [Answer]


Should Christians avoid “homophobic” forms of speech? … [Answer]


How do you read books? [Answer]


Do you have any methods or techniques for remembering what you read effectively? … [Answer]


…What did your parents do for work and how did your family environment shape you? [Answer]


What are your views on gun control? … [Answer]


Do you have any take on this article?

http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/246724/the-specifically-jewy-perviness-of-harvey-weinstein [Answer]


The growing consensus is that cats did not exist until after the curse. Why is this the case? [Answer]


As always, feel free to leave any questions you might have for me on my Curious Cat page!

About Alastair Roberts

Alastair Roberts (PhD, Durham University) writes in the areas of biblical theology and ethics, but frequently trespasses beyond these bounds. He participates in the weekly Mere Fidelity podcast, blogs at Alastair’s Adversaria, and tweets at @zugzwanged.
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