Thursday, February 16, 2006

A Hello

Hi, my name is Paul Manata and I recently received the honor of becomming another member of Triablogue.

For some reason Steve Hays thought I might be able to contribute something here.

I can say with all honesty that the men who post here are my theological, intellectual, and spiritual elders.

The purpose of this post is to let the readers of Triablogue know how I will usually contribute and also to give them some background on myself.

Basically, I'll be (mainly) posting on Philosophical and Apologetical topics/issues.

For some background on myself you can feel free to read something I posted a while ago (I never proof read it and I just copied it from a discussion board forum... anywho): My Life and Conversion.

I am getting married in less than 10 days and so, with the honeymoon ;-), I'll be taking a break from posting for a short spell. I do hope, though, that I can add to the fine quality of posts that have been a staple of this blog.

~Paul

11 comments:

  1. Congrats, Paul! I was just married back in August and it was wonderful. I hope all goes well for you.

    Blessings,
    Mark

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  2. Paul,

    Congratulations on your upcoming wedding. I've enjoyed reading your own blog and now I look forward to reading you on Tribablogue as well. See you in SD. :)

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  3. Hi Paul,

    Congratulations on your marriage! I pray God’s blessing upon your new, married life! :-)

    I have benefited from your blog, and I am looking forward to many more fruitful discussions here at Triablogue.

    Keep up the fine work defending the faith once for all delivered to the saints.

    In Christ,
    Joe

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  4. Great Paul, we expect more of the same :)

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  5. I read through Manata's conversion story, have you?

    I'm surprised there aren't any comments posted after that story, since it was written so long ago.

    But you were an evil person, Paul, there's no other way to describe it. And it seems as though you still are glorying in those days, since your story was all about how evil you were, rather than focusing on your initial experiences when you first became a Christian. You wanted us to know how poweful you were, didn't you?

    That's why you have tried to pick an argument with me, isn't it? To gain respect and to be "cool" to other Christians.

    And you expect me to believe that all of your attitudes just changed into the "fruits of the Spirit."

    Hah! They took a long time to develop while in the formative years of your life, and they will stay with you as long as you live in milder and milder forms.

    Mark my words, Paul, you will beat your wife when she disagrees with you in the future. If I were her I would be scared to marry you. But I'll never know if what I predict will happen, and I hope it doesn't. But it will, even as a Christian. And when it does, remember who is was who told you (the truth) that you would do it. And then reflect back on the conversion experience you've had and how it changed your life.

    I too had a dramatic conversion, although no one would describe me as being an evil person, like you were. But there is still hate running through your veins. I can see it in how you deal with people whose arguments you reject.

    And I can see very clearly why it is you are the Calvinist you are today, it's because at the earliest stages of your Christian faith Presbyterian pastor Matthew Bohling taught you what you should believe. At this stage he was the only one you knew to believe. He steered you to read the things you did. And with such a passion and competitive nature that was yours by nature/nurture you have continued to argue this way.

    This reminds me once again of the outsiders test which I proposed on my blog. What else could you have believed about Christianity? Arminianism didn't work for you because of your upbringing, just like Calvinism and Catholicism doesn't work for others because of their upbringing.

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  6. Loftus wrote:

    Mark my words, Paul, you will beat your wife when she disagrees with you in the future. If I were her I would be scared to marry you. But I'll never know if what I predict will happen, and I hope it doesn't. But it will, even as a Christian. And when it does, remember who is was who told you (the truth) that you would do it. And then reflect back on the conversion experience you've had and how it changed your life.

    Sounds like when I use to drop acid - blblblblblblblblbl.

    Hellloooo, is there anybody ouuuttt there? (Pink Floyd).

    You sound very Freudian John.

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  7. Loftus:

    Your cry-baby, nanny-nanny-boo-boo ad hominem attacks upon Paul tell me about how serious you should be taken.

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  8. Surely no one actually takes Loftus seriously, Evan.

    Honestly, "Mark my words; you'll beat your wife"!? It's a helluva lot easier to just throw out garbage like that than to actually give a response to Paul's devastating criticisms of your pathetic attempts at philosophy, isn't it, Mr. Loftus?

    Loftus also demonstrates his positively uncanny ability to contradict himself on virtually any issue, even when he's just insulting someone and not doing philosophy:

    "But I'll never know if what I predict will happen, and I hope it doesn't. But it will..."

    Mmmhmmm...

    Of course Paul was an evil person, Mr. Loftus. He still is. So am I. So are you. That's precisely why we all need the Lord Jesus Christ.

    I'm really glad you're on Triablogue now, Paul. I've loved reading it for quite some time now; Evan, Gene, and Steve are fantastic, and it will only get better with your addition.

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  9. John...

    its all fine and dandy for you to psycho-analyze Paul, but saying he is going to beat his wife was irresponsible, and petty.

    You know nothing about Paul, except for what you've read online. Have you spoken with him on the phone, in person, via email? I disagree with Paul on quite a bit, but he has always been civil, and yes, even kind, when I treat him with the respect that I would want to be shown. Your comments are out of line...

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  10. Yikes...looks like I've got to expect lots of cross posting. Maybe you can post here some material we can't find on your blog or vice versa?

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