relating to the theological definition of anthropology - that set of doctrines which attempt to understand how God created the spirit, soul, and mind of a human being, and to ascertain that for which he destined and how he is subject to the natural laws

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What is the Biblical basis for man being created perfect, or for man not being created perfect?

I often hear that man was created perfect. Yet Genesis 3:7 says that "they knew that they were naked." Additionally, Genesis 2:25 says they were "naked yet not ashamed." Also, Genesis 2:18 says ...
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Did God create humans to directly perform His Will in the physical world?

I am wondering if the following ideas/questions would be considered compatible with orthodox Catholic theology: If God is Love, if humans are made in His image, and if humans are made by Love and ...
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What prominent Christian thinkers (if any) held to polygenism and if so how did these thinkers view original sin? [duplicate]

Have any influential or well known (be it in scholastics or in media) Christian thinkers express views that the first 'couple' was 'couples' (polygenism) and if so, how did they reconcile this ...
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According to Roman Catholicism, what is the soul and its purpose?

In the Catholic Tradition does there exist a teaching on the purpose or role of the human soul in the makeup of a human being? I could also settle for a theologian's thoughts and writings on the ...
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Why would God create some people to be prone to homosexuality if it's so bad? [closed]

If it is true love does it really matter? I mean you can't just stop loving or feeling the way you feel about someone whether they're the opposite sex or not. I just don't understand why God even ...
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What is the biblical basis for humans becoming angels after they die?

Many Christians, and many people living in predominantly Christian cultures, believe that people who die become angels. This belief is reflected in numerous popular novels and movies, such as the ...
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What is an overview of the way Adam and Eve ate and became like God?

And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. (Gen 3:22) In what way did Adam and Eve become like God, in knowing good from evil? Most answers to related ...
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Which Reformation theologians used the analogy of water and ink for sin?

On page 98 of Miroslav Volf's Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving, he says: But even if all of us are sinners from head to toe, none of us is a sinner through and through, with nothing good ...
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According to Catholic teaching and theology, can man ever see God as he really is?

According to Catholic teaching and theology, can man ever see God as he really is? Has anyone man ever seen God in the past? Who was it? Will man be able to see God as he really is in the future? ...
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Do emotions dictate our destiny/faith? [closed]

What is the natural human behavior one can ask? Many times people don't do good things because their emotions prevent them from doing so. It is good to be nice and friendly but if my emotions make me ...
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Do Catholics believe that God is actively “fighting” Satan?

Do Catholics believe that God is actively "fighting" Satan? Or do they believe that Satan is a "tempter" who only tries to corrupt humans? I vaguely recall stories from the Old Testament when God ...
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On the Catholic Perspective on the incarnation of Jesus, according to St.Thomas Aquinas: Two natures, one Person

To understand St.Thomas theology, we must understand the metaphysics that goes hand in hand with his theology. For the notion of Person, the previous notion of Suppositum or Hypostasis seems to be ...
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Does the Bible say we will die sinning? [closed]

Psalm 51:5 conveys we are "Born" sinners. 1 John 1:8 conveys we are sinning "Presently". But is there a scripture that says we will "Die" sinners. I was under the notion we can't stop sinning, an ...
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What is the biblical basis that people who are attracted to the same sex were not created by God that way?

cf. Does God create some people Heterosexual and others Homosexual? [closed] It is quite common for people who identify themselves as homosexual to say that God created them this way. Some way ...
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According to Catholic teaching, where does the disorder stem from?

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered." They are ...
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How does the mainstream Christian view of the physical body differ from that presented in The Gospel of Thomas?

What is the value of the physical body in mainstream Christianity? Sometimes it seems to be very negative and to encourage one to concentrate primarily or even almost solely on the spiritual realm. ...
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Are there any denominations that believe that Jesus' body was separate creation than was mankind?

Before starting I must begin by saying that as a Southern Baptist I believe with all my heart that Jesus was and always will be fully man and fully God. And I also believe that his death and ...
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What is the Biblical basis for saying that God can annihilate human souls?

We know that God is love and He is merciful. However, the idea of eternal torment seems too horrifying and doesn't seem to be in parallel with the nature of God. My argument is that, if God were ...
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Does the Catholic church believe that God really forgives by confession alone?

My question is does the Catholic Church hold that God forgives every crime by confession alone? If so I could commit crimes from Monday to Saturday and then go and confess to a priest on Sunday - ...
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Did any other early church fathers besides Origen teach the pre-existence of souls?

Origen taught about the pre-existence of our souls, which, among many other of his teachings, was later condemned as heresy. Did any other early church fathers teach this doctrine?
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Is John 3:23 contradicted by 1 John 4:5-6? Does the born again experience happen by the Holy Spirit or by both the word of God/Gospel and Holy Spirit? [closed]

Is John 3:23 contradicted by 1 John 4:5-6? From this comes following: does the born again experience happen by the Holy Spirit or by both the word of God/Gospel and Holy Spirit? And he said unto ...
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Are humans above angels? [closed]

In this verse Hebrews 2:7 it says that we are a little lower than the angels. My question is, if Jesus (God) took the human nature and this way he shared his divinity with the human nature. Doesn't ...
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Are there other denominations that believe in pre-human existence?

I was wondering whether the pre-human existence of a believer was accepted among any christian groups/denominations other than Mormons, or are Mormons the only group that believe in a pre-human ...
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In what way does God derive pleasure from us? [closed]

Philippians 2:13: For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. I understand that this question deals with infinite concepts and it's impossible for us to ...
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Who if any Evangelicals still believe (as Jonathan Edwards did) that Adam was created with “a perfect knowledge of God” and everything else?

I was just reading a little bit of a book by Jonathan Edwards called "A Preservative Against Socinianism" published in 1698. On page 16 Edwards says something that elicits my question: For tho ...
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Are we avatars (incarnations) of God? [closed]

The scriptures states that the believer is the temple of God, that God is within us, that if we give something to a child of God its as if you gave it to God, that we are one with God in Christ... ...
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Heart, Mind, Soul and Spirit

Is there a diagrammatic representation of soul, spirit, heart and their components based on the tripartite view of man? I understand there can be overlapping but I'd like to know if there is a visual ...
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Why does God want mankind in Heaven, after they have already shown that they have the tendency to disobey? [closed]

Since Adam willfully disobeyed God's command not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, man has consistently chosen to do the things that irritate God. Why then does God not just ...
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Is life hereditary?

When a baby is born, in many cases the baby will be born already breathing, and in some cases even crying. According to Genesis man did not come to life until God breathed the breath of life into ...
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In Reformed Theology, what are seen as the implications of Traducianism versus Creationism (of the soul)?

Traducianism says that one's soul is derived from one's parents' souls, but creationism says that God creates a soul for each body. The Wikipedia articles are a start, but I'm especially interested ...
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Why did God not want man to have the knowledge of good and evil? [closed]

When God created man, he created him with the fore knowledge that man would eat from the forbidden tree, and even with the knowledge that man would bring sin into the World; God created the tree in ...
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In the Anglican and Catholic church, are any of man's creative ideas seen as original?

I mean, did Shakespeare invent 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' or was it a reflection of the pre-existing, eternal God? Ditto Dickens and Oliver Twist, ditto Spielburg and Jurassic Park, ditto the Beatles ...
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Where did the concept of separate races originate?

I want to preface what I say with a statement saying this is not in any way related to any kind of Prejudice! I only want to ask how we got from the family of Noah to having so many so called races. ...
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Where did the trait in man come from which causes him to deny the superiority of God?

Since man was created in the image of God, which I consider to be that God created man with those traits, common to God himself. The power to reason, and so on. In that light I find it difficult to ...
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What Scriptures tell us what man having free will actually means?

I have been given many different opinions as to what having free will actually means. Some have said that it means only that we have a choice of whether or not to accept salvation, others have said it ...
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What is the essential argument in favor of the Dual Nature of Man as opposed to the Tripartite Nature?

A common belief regarding the nature of mankind is that we have a body, a soul and a spirit. This is known as the Tripartite Nature of Man. Some, however, hold to only a Dual nature of man. What is ...
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What is the essential argument in favor of the tripartite nature of man?

A common belief regarding the nature of mankind is that we have a body, a soul and a spirit. This is known as the Tripartite Nature of Man. What is the essential argument in favor of this view? I ...
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Does Christianity as described in the Bible support dualism of the mind and body? [closed]

Certain passages in the Bible seem to support Dualism, while others seem to support Materialism. Definitions of Dualism and Materialism: I do not know where I pasted this from, but as curiousdanni ...
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Can humans aquire 'infinite' joy when they are finite beings?

I read CS Lewis say that the Beatification is an "infinite good" and, hence, "infinitely outweighs the negations" (the stuff we shall leave behind here). He also argued, in Letters to Malcolm, that we ...
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What about the “beforelife”?

It is a common concern in all humans to know about the afterlife, but what do religions say about the beforelife? Some religions say reincarnation, and I think the vast majority of the rest just takes ...
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Is it a good guess that Heaven's joy surpasses even the keenest felt here? [duplicate]

Jonathan Edwards said terms like 'joy' and 'ecstasy' were too meager to describe the greatness of the happiness in Heaven. Was Edwards right in saying our strongest words come nowhere near the ...
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Was Jesus two separate individuals in one body?

I have always been told, and I thoroughly believe that Jesus was wholly God and wholly man. Since there are multiple occasions in the Bible where pre-incarnate Jesus apparently appeared to people, ...
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Did God create man to replace the fallen Angels? [closed]

As near as I can determine from Scripture; Creation and ejection of the rebellious angels, both happened at about the same period. That led me to begin to wonder, since it seems logical to me that ...
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Do humans have free will? [duplicate]

Something confuses me. God is omniscient, meaning He knows everything, including our decisions in life. God says we have free will, but how is that so if I can't make the choice to not do something ...
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Does anyone know where CS Lewis said (or maybe implied) the following…?

"Several times, then, Lewis suggests that heaven will be a place where thinking and experiencing come together. On earth we think about what love is; in heaven Love is a Person we can experience. ...
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Do any denominations believe in reincarnation? [closed]

In discussion with others about God's will in situations that don't have any answers (i.e. - difficult prolonged situations) I hear a lot of (as also mentioned in this question and answer) that God is ...
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Does the indwelling of the Holy Spirit encompass a person's body, soul and spirit?

The Bible affirms in more than one place that the Holy Spirit indwells the believer. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are ...
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Isn't CS Lewis's idea that time is still successive in Heaven frustrating? [closed]

C.S. Lewis: If that [to travel hopefully is better than to arrive] were true, and known to be true, how could anyone travel hopefully? There would be nothing to hope for. Am I missing ...
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CS Lewis said time continues in Heaven…Peter Kreeft says that is exists more as a 'point'…which is right? [closed]

In Letters to Malcolm, CS Lewis says, as we are finite, so time will always exist as progression with the past falling away behind us. Peter Kreeft seems to follow Lewis on most views and yet seems to ...
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What is the Word of Faith teaching on “little gods”

Rather than assuming Wikipedia is accurate, I thought I'd as for a better sourced answer to the question. Wikipedia's article on the Word of Faith movement lists various controversies regarding Word ...