I have a few questions for reasserters that would help me understand their position. If any of you feel like trying to answering them, please do so - also on your own blog, if you have one.
How do you think the role of blood in the ancient world has changed from our understanding of blood?
How do you determine the criteria for interpreting scripture allegorically or literally?
How do you think property and sexuality are related to each other in scripture and today? Is there any difference?
How you might convince a non-religious person, without using religious language, that the Bible is reliable? How is it reliable?
If the pope tomorrow said that gay people could marry, would you think the pope was anti-Catholic?
You have an acquaintance who is knows his scripture and is, by all accounts, a committed Christian. He serves on the vestry of your church, and leads bible studies. He offers 15% of his income to the parish. However, he occasionally brings a male "room mate" to church on a regular basis. They both have wedding bands on, but you know of no women in their lives. Your pastor is biblically orthodox but says to you, "I think he'd make an excellent priest." What do you say?
Do you think the discovery of new documents that elaborate meanings in ancient languages affect our own translations of scripture? Why or why not?
Many early translations of the scripture were based upon the Latin translation of the Greek rendering of the Hebrew. Can you offer criteria for establishing the spirit of the Word through such translations?
Is translation merely a matter of word-for-word equivalence? Are there words that can't be translated?
Are there places in scripture that include irony, sarcasm or satire? What are your criteria?
Is there ever a time in eternity where we cannot choose to live with God? Why or why not?
Is the existence of hell a physical reality, an intellectual certainty, or an emotional necessity?
If one is baptized, can one's actions render one's baptism meaningless? Can baptized people go to hell? If so, then why should one get baptized?
Augustine one said that "all truth is one." Harmonize, if you can, insights from Adam Smith, Einstein, Freud, Chomsky, and Galileo with Biblical cosmology. Explain why it makes no difference in your interpretation of scripture.
Describe, also, your experience of Jesus Christ. Is Jesus like a ghost? A Vision? an Insight? Your Conscience? How is "knowing" Jesus Christ different or similar to an "experience?"