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answered Word for “of or relating to God”
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comment Why is it ‘A God,’ not ‘God' in Mark Sanford’s “I want to acknowledge a God not just of second chances, but third, fourth, eighth chances”?
@BraddSzonye; I don't really find henotheism in the Bible. Scripture will refer to the gods of other religions as "gods", but the claim isn't simply that the God of Israel is better or the one they choose to worship--rather that they they are "no gods" or "false gods" and that the God of Israel is "the only God". I think this could be a good question for hermeneutics.stackexchange.com though!
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comment Why is it ‘A God,’ not ‘God' in Mark Sanford’s “I want to acknowledge a God not just of second chances, but third, fourth, eighth chances”?
That said, his sons would have ranged in age from about 3 to 9 at the time Veggie Tales release the Jonah movie, which contained the song @JonEricson references. It is not at all unlikely that his exposure to that song was far greater than a sermon or political reference from years prior.
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comment Why is it ‘A God,’ not ‘God' in Mark Sanford’s “I want to acknowledge a God not just of second chances, but third, fourth, eighth chances”?
Earliest reference I could find to the phrase is from a sermon from 1985, but there it is "the God of second chances", which is a bit different from the "a God of X" form. Bill Clinton used "a God of second chances" in 1994 on World News Tonight. Surely he's not the first politician to turn disapproval around with references to Christianity, but he does seem to have set the precedent doing so with this particular phrase.
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accepted Name for a type of idiom with two things joined (like “raining cats and dogs”, “bread and butter”)
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answered Name for a type of idiom with two things joined (like “raining cats and dogs”, “bread and butter”)
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comment A different word for “meaninglessness”
Nonsense also means lack of sense or meaning, e.g., in Logical Positivism, it can be said that anything but definition and tautology is "nonsense" or meaninglessness; thus theology and metaphysics are meaningless nonsense. This is of course a rather technical meaning, and likely not what is intended in the provided sentence
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comment A different word for “meaninglessness”
Also, "He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity." (Ecclesiastes 5:10 ESV)
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comment A different word for “meaninglessness”
The refrain from the book of Ecclesiastes "vanity of vanities... all is vanity" is sometimes translated as "meaningless, meaningless... everything is meaningless." To that "he discovered the vanity of consumerism and work" certainly fits both in that sentence and in the sentiment of the Ecclesiastes, e.g. " What has a man from all the toil and striving of heart with which he toils beneath the sun? For all his days are full of sorrow, and his work is a vexation. Even in the night his heart does not rest. This also is vanity." (Ecclesiastes 2:22-23 ESV)
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answered What does “Every Jewish mother will die, a fact many are not exactly famous for playing down” mean?