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Why do Baptists believe in the autonomy of local congregations?

Why do Baptists reject the idea of a central authority and instead place authority in the local congregations? Does this have a biblical basis or is it a result of past conflict with authority ...
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The Pope is resigning. How does a living pope confer his authority?

I read that Pope Benedict XVI is resigning. I don't know much about Catholic/papal authority as it relates to leading the Church, but as far as I can remember, a pope dies before another one takes the ...
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How comparable are the concepts of the Teaching Magisterium in the Catholic Church and the Jehovah's Witnesses view of their Watch Tower society?

Just how comparable is this particular aspect of each group's ecclesiology? If from an academic viewpoint there are marked similarities, is there an identifiable Jehovah's witness perspective on the ...
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What is “apostolic authority”?

Some Christian traditions use the term "apostolic authority". What is meant by this phrase? Does it have more than one meaning depending on which doctrinal tradition it is coming from? Are there any ...
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What deuterocanonical books are quoted in the New Testament?

When talking with a Catholic friend (I'm a Protestant) about the apocrypha/deuterocanonical books, it occurred to me that a possible argument for their inclusion in the Canon would be their authority, ...
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Acording to the Bible how does one recieve the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Does one automatically receive the Holy Ghost after they accept Christ or does it have to be received through the laying on of hands as spoken of in Acts 8? Acts 8:14 Now when the apostles which ...
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How do we resolve the issue with the circular argument that the Bible is the basis for its own authority? [closed]

This is a continuation from the previous question, "Why is the Bible a foundation of theological evidence?" But this time I'd like the question to focus on the issue of what looks like a circular ...
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How does Pope Benedict XVI reconcile conscience and authority?

A recent talk by Father Bob Pierson 1 quoted Joseph Ratzinger (as he then was, now Pope Benedict XVI) as saying that the individual conscience must overrule ecclesiastical authority. I was intrigued ...
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Is a bishop in Roman Catholic tradition equal in authority with the apostles?

According to an answer to this question When did Peter become the first Pope, according to Roman Catholic doctrine?, the Pope is the bishop of Rome. So this made me wonder - since Peter was ordained ...
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Is the Catechism of the Catholic Church considered scripture?

Is the Catechism of the Catholic Church considered scripture? Does it have the same authority as the Bible? If not, what is its place in the church? Is it considered heresy to preach or believe ...
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What doctrines are based on 1st Timothy 4:14 when hands are laid on a believer?

In 1st Timothy 4:14 (Recovery Version) some elders laid hands on Timothy: Do not neglect the gift which is in you, which was given to you by means of prophecy with the laying on of hands of the ...
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Does specific authorship of a given book of the Bible “matter”? [closed]

Based on a variety of previous questions, it seems that specific authorship of many parts of the Bible are not known for sure. For example (though I realize there are traditions of who wrote what): ...
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How much authority does a father have over his wife and children?

Some people might claim that a wife must do what her husband says in every situation and they will site the Bible as it being the Divine order of things. It does seem that the Bible gives authority ...
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Are the powers and authorities in Ephesians brought under Christ's rule - the same as every nation bowing in Revelation?

In the book of Ephesians we see: far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. Eph 1:21 His ...