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Apr 12th, 2012 at 17:20 GMT
Should I drop the time down to one minute? Vote up for yes, down for no.
Game published: Jun 10th, 2012 at 04:01 GMT
Jun 10th, 2012 at 05:29 GMT
There's a serious issue with a word ladder when the theme clues are the bottom 2 guessed answers and more than 20% lower than the next lowest guessed clue.
Jun 10th, 2012 at 10:09 GMT
kinda sad when the tv family is guessed so much more than the first and last answer. We could use more m____ and g_____ in our lives. More Brady, meh.
Jun 10th, 2012 at 12:25 GMT
Yeah I didn't get the theme words either, though I got all the rest. Dictionary.com, though it has "Favor or goodwill" as the THIRD definition of "grace", does not call it "Undeserved favor". Nor does it use "Undeserved" in the definition of Mercy.
Jun 10th, 2012 at 12:49 GMT
Really hard, but still fun. Good word ladder puzzle!
Jun 10th, 2012 at 14:14 GMT
I got the last word by seeing which letters could be replaced and make sense. Then I got the first one much the same way. I guess I did this one inside out.
Jun 10th, 2012 at 21:11 GMT
Grace and Mercy - two of my favourite words.
Jun 10th, 2012 at 21:28 GMT
Pandas aren't bears.
Jun 10th, 2012 at 22:41 GMT
Loved it, LTH!
Jun 10th, 2012 at 22:56 GMT
I guess I don't consider mercy nor grace "undeserved".
Jun 10th, 2012 at 23:10 GMT
I think 'undeserved' properly describes 'mercy,' but I have a hard time saying the same about 'grace.'
Jun 11th, 2012 at 00:09 GMT
That's how I've understood "grace" used in Protestant and modern Roman Catholic theology (I'm not a Christian, or even religious, so I'm not preaching a sermon here), as in "only by the Grace of God..." or Martin Luther's writings or common interpretations of the Sermon on the Mount. I.e. Man is a sinner and it's only through Grace and faith that he achieves salvation, not just by good works or buying indulgences. Grace is granted by God's favour, and not earned by anything that sinful man has done. (However, in his famous 13th chapter on faith, hope and charity, Paul's first epistle to the Corinthians puts the stress on charity in the sense of love rather than good works.)
In his preface to Paul's epistle to the Romans, Martin Luther wrote, "The words GRACE and GIFT differ inasmuch as the true meaning of grace is the kindness or favour which God bears towards us of His own choice, and through which He is willing to give us Christ, and to pour the Holy Spirit and His blessings upon us." (John Dillenberger,
Martin Luther: Selections...
, Doubleday Anchor 1961, using a 1956 translation by Bertram Lee Woolf.)
Jun 11th, 2012 at 00:13 GMT
Bears. Beads. Battlestar Galactica.
Jun 11th, 2012 at 03:54 GMT
More Christian theology about unmerited grace from an atheistical agnostic (or agnostical atheist):
2. The Roman Catholic doctrine seems a little bit more complex. In the "Theological Glossary" to the
New Jerusalem Bible
Pocket Edition (Doubleday 1990), Grace is defined as "A fluid term related to favour (Greek charis, whence "grace"). It may be a quality of graciousness, loveliness which arouses favour, or the unearned favour of a powerful ruler who need give no account of his actions...." (Biblical citations on request)
Jun 11th, 2012 at 03:58 GMT
3. The Glossary to the 2nd edition of the
Cathechism of the Catholic Church
(Libreria Editrice Vaticana & U.S. Catholic Conference, 1994, 1997; glossary by U.S. Catholic Conf. 2000) defines GRACE as "The free and undeserved gift that God gives us to respond to our vocation to become his adopted children." and then distinguishes sanctifying grace from actual grace. It defies MERIT (another 5-letter word, ladder-builders!) as "The reward that which God promises and gives to those who love him and by his grace perform good works. One cannot 'merit' justification or eternal life, which are the free gift of God; the source of any merit is we have before God is due to the grace of Christ in us." In the Catechism itself, paragraph 1996 says that "... Grace is the
free and undeserved help
that God gives us to respond to his call to become children of God, adoptive sons, partakers of the divine nature and of eternal life." But then it gets more complicated. Paragraph 2027 of the IN BRIEF (!) summary says "No one can merit the initial grace which is at the origin of conversion. Moved by the Holy Spirit, we can merit for ourselves and for others all the graces needed to attain eternal life, as well as necessary temporal goods." But don't rely on my crude selective oversimplification, instead read paragraphs 1996 to 2027 of the Catechism (covering Merit and Grace) for yourselves here: http://www.scborromeo.org/ccc/p3s1c3a2.htm
Jun 11th, 2012 at 04:10 GMT
4. For an earlier Protestant definition, see the Concordance to the
Westminster Study Edition of The Holy Bible
(Westminster Press, Philadelphia 1948; glossing the 1611 Authorised King James Version) which says under GRACE, "In the Old Testament the word means literally 'favor.' In the New Testament it refers to the unmerited and freely given redeeming action of God through Christ by which sin is forgiven and its power broken, and believers are strengthened in their Christian life (2nd Corinthians 8:9; Ephesians 1:2; 2:5; 6:24)."
Who says that Sporcle (incestuously though unofficially tied to Wikipedia and its customs) can't be educational, edifying, scholarly, or, if you prefer, pedantic and obscure ? :-)
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