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Is there a non-Catholic view of purification of the spirit after physical death?

Is there a non-Catholic view of purification of the spirit after physical death? This is related to the phrase "saved by fire" in 1 Corinthians 3:15.
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Are there any denominations that accept the gap theory?

Some Christians have expressed doubt about a literal 24 hour day, before the sun and moon were created in: Genesis 1:16 KJV And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and ...
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What was the early American church like? [closed]

Which denominations were prevalent among the churches of North America in the late 17th century and 18th century? During that time, was there significant of cooperation or communication between ...
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What is the process for starting a new Christian denomination?

There are thousands of Christian denominations. How did these groups form? What is the typical process for organizing a denomination?
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Does the passage in Luke 9:49-50 support the diversity of denominations?

It appears that this passage in Luke allows for the diversity of denominations. Luke 9:49-50 KJV And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad ...
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Are there Christian denominations that promote making themselves eunuchs?

In the same way that certain denominations promote (and in some cases, require) their adherents to remain celibate and/or non-married, are there any that promote making themselves eunuchs for the sake ...
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Christian denominations that believe in salvation for non-Christians [duplicate]

Are there any denominations in Christianity that believe that one can get to heaven without actually being a Christian?
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Does God care about Denominational differences? [closed]

As a Protestant and Catholic household, we are aware of the differences between our two Denominations, but as Christians we are also well aware that we are bonded by a common belief that Jesus death ...
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What denominations use the Revised Common Lectionary?

What denominations use the Revised Common Lectionary? And in those denominations, is there typically a copy of the RCL in the pews? Does anyone using it read from other translations or always from the ...
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What evidence is there to suggest that denominations have different epistemological preferences?

I've read the following: You will find different "schools" of Christianity have different epistemological preferences. To put very very broad brushstrokes (and I don't mean to offend), Rationalsm ...
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In which denominations do people consider Mary, mother of Jesus, to be the “Second Eve”?

I was reading DK Publishing's The Illustrated Bible Story By Story. The authors claim to be biblical scholars, historians, and pastors, which may give a Christian slant to the Bible, even though the ...
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Does the taxpayer take any part in funding Christian Churches in Britain?

Are organisations such as the Church of England and the Catholic Church funded at all by the taxpayer? It was something I thought of the other day but I thought it couldn't possibly be true as it ...
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How do decentralized churches/denominations practically deal with “brothers” from another denomination in light of Matthew 18:17

"If your brother sins against you, go and rebuke him in private. If he listens to you, you have won your brother. But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that 'every ...
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In which denominations are Sunday school classes categorized distinctly by grade/age level?

There was one time, a long time ago, somewhere between mid- to late-1990s, I went to a church with family at night. I thought the adults would worship on the first floor, while the children were taken ...
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Do Christians typically switch denominations? [closed]

This question involves a few intertwined issues, but generally the question is: is it normal for Christians to switch denominations? Or is it considered "flaky"? For example, my parents went to a ...
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On what basis do some denominations prohibit Christians from drinking alcohol?

From my understanding the bible is quite clear that Christians should not get drunk. However some denominations seem to go a step further and say that Christians shouldn't drink at all. From what I ...
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What type of Christianity does Hans Christian Andersen depict in *The Red Shoes*?

When I was little, my parents used to read to me a Chinese version of the story, The Red Shoes, by Hans Christian Andersen. Though, I was not aware of the story's Christian themes and motifs until I ...
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Why can't people change their denomination? [closed]

As my profile says, I don't belong to any denomination and I can't answer this question myself. Recently, there was a question from a Catholic woman having difficulty in her love relationship because ...
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Biblical passages that relate to Christian unity versus doctrinal accuracy

Christianity is currently split into several denominations due to differences in doctrine. It seems that these denominations consider their doctrinal differences more important than Christian unity. ...
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Should Christians proselytize other Christians?

I've seen many instances of Christians trying to convert believers from other denominations into their own. However, the teaching I've heard of this has always been against the practice. My personal ...
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Which denomination allows homosexuality and why?

Which denomination allows homosexuality and what Biblical support do they have to accept homosexuals in the church?
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What Doctrine Supports The Christian Gun Culture? [closed]

In America, there is a large group of people where being a Christian, active in the gun culture and protecting their right to fire arms is proudly the basis of their identity. For example, at the ...
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Why are there so many different denominations in Christianity? [closed]

Christianity seems to have many Denominations within it - Roman Catholic, Protestant, Presbyterian, Mormons, Baptists, Methodists to name a few. This is (as far as I know) a lot more than in other ...
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Are the Disciples of Christ trinitarian?

Are the Disciples of Christ trinitarian? The identity statement from their website is: We are Disciples of Christ, a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world. As part of the one body of ...
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What determines the denominational “value” of a given Bible translation?

In related form to a previous question, what makes a given translation (or translational family) more likely to be promulgated by a given denomination over others? For example, the New American Bible ...
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Christian denominations that view Jesus as a human moral teacher?

Are there any current Christian denominations that view Jesus as a human moral teacher, rather than as the supernatural Son of God? I am looking for specific examples of denominations that state this ...
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Are Christians supposed to be like-minded?

Brotherly love is a commandment: 1 John 4:20,21 …and this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also. Brotherly love is a Christian trademark: John 13:35 By this shall ...
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What Christian denominations (if any) permit gay marriage? [closed]

Which churches have decided to permit gay marriage at a denominational level?
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Non-Christian/secular translation of the Bible?

Is there a rigorous translation of the Bible, sponsored or produced by secular organization? Not that this translation would be necessarily more impartial, but it would be nice to have this version ...
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What do Orthodox Christians mean when they talk about the Real Presence in the Eucharist?

The Orthodox Church is one of several denominations that teach the Real Presence, but they don't all have the same understanding of this doctrine. What is the Orthodox understanding?
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Who is the American Catholic Church?

What are the major doctrinal differences between the American Catholic Church and the Roman Catholic church? Why did they split?
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What are the differences between demoninations regarding baptism/confirmation?

Specifically, which churches practice child-baptism but not confirmation? A Brazilian friend recently shocked me by saying that her church does not practice confirmations. The wiki page for Baptism ...
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How does the doctrine of British Baptists compare with their American cousins?

This question examines the difference between the American Baptists and Southern Baptists in the USA. In the UK, there is one formal Baptist denomination, the Baptist Union of Great Britain (BUGB). ...
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Reformed Theology, Pentecostalism, and Charismatic Movement on The Holy Spirit

To a first degree approximation, is the following correct? Reformed Theology: Spiritual gifts ceased after the apostolic age. The gifts were important to setup the initial church, but after the ...
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What sects believe Jesus is buried in Japan?

The town of Shingo in Japan claims to be the burial site of Jesus of Nazareth: someone took his place on the cross, and he made his way to Japan, where he died. (Wikipedia.) Do, or did, any ...
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How do we make sure that we are on the rightful religion/path? [closed]

I borrowed (with permission) a question from Ahmed Han Which is: People of every religion claim that they are the ones in the right path. Even the people of sects in these religions think that ...
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American and Southern Baptists

What are the principal differences between the Southern Baptist and American Baptist denominations in the US?
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Why should I choose one particular congregation or denomination?

Assuming that one believes in an almighty Lord, why should one choose a particular Christian congregation or denomination? For example, why should one choose to serve God by helping the poor through ...
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What are Christians called who believe in a non-intervening God?

Which branch(es) of Christianity takes the stance that there is a God who creates all things but once the creation is here on this earth, does not intervene? I heard an argument between coworkers ...
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Are Christians required to believe the teachings of their own denomination?

My friend is struggling right now to discern what is right and wrong in the Church and his Christian life. He has been brought up in a Catholic church where he had learned about Jesus and what he did ...
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History/teachings of “The Crossing”

I have to admit this one's personal for me. A friend of mine from years back has become a member of a Church that self-identifies as "The Crossing". I've been able to find some information on the ...
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Are other religions treated differently by any major branch of Christianity?

In Judaism, some religions are considered to be Avodah Zarah, and others are not. So, for example, if Christianity or certain of its denominations is Avodah Zarah, that has implications for Jews' ...
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What is a “Pentecostal Catholic”?

One of my new neighbors is a "Pentecostal Catholic" from India. I have heard of this denomination before, during an Evangelical Missiological Society conference, but didn't have a reason to ...
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Complete Debates? [closed]

Where could one find complete debates of issues within Christianity (that which separates, creates denominations) or related to Christianity (existence of a Creator)? It would have every argument for ...
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Church/denomination with highest young adult attendance? [closed]

Which denominations (churches) have the highest attendance of young adults (say ~16 to ~32) as a percentage of the congregation? If statistics aren't available, then in your experience, what are some ...
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Does Scientology claim to be Christian?

L. Ron Hubbard started the Church of Scientology. I was just wondering if they claim to be Christian in any event?
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In which denominations is naturism unacceptable? [closed]

A recent answer on this site made a very broad statement, that "those who live in nudist colonies are not Christians". However, a quick Google search for "Christian naturists" (other search engines ...
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How does the doctrine of the URC differ from its predecessors?

The United Reformed Church is a denomination in Britain that was formed out of a merger of the Congregationalist and Presbyterian denominations in 1972. What doctrinal compromises had to be made for ...
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Which denominations are considered mainstream in the UK?

Wikipedia lists these denominations as "mainline protestant" churches in the United States: American Baptists Disciples of Christ Congregationalists / United Church of Christ Episcopalians Lutherans ...
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What is the Alpha Course?

The local Presbyterian Church has a sign outside offering an Alpha Course. I'm sure I've heard of the same course being offered by the Roman Catholic Church. So is the Alpha Course a very general ...