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What established Christian theology speaks to the question of whether or not God is contingent on his followers?

In a hypothetical, worst case scenario, where remaining humanity did not accept Christianity, turned away from it/died out/whatever, would the religion of Christianity still exist? Theologically ...
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What is the difference between a Bible College and a Seminary?

I see some Christian education institutions refer to themselves as "Bible College" and some as "Seminary" and some as "Bible College and Seminary". What is the difference between those, if any?
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What is the history of the “Sunday School publishing industry”?

As I understand it, Christian education over the centuries often involved a catechism, decade after decade, where both the student and teacher memorized a long and complete set of doctrines, often in ...
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How trained are the elders in the Jehovah's Witness denomination?

Jehovah's Witnesses are known to have no pastors or priests, because having pastors or priests would go against their theology. Instead, they have "elders". From an outsider's perspective, elders ...
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What is the definition of a cult? [duplicate]

The word cult often gets thrown around when people talk about religion but what is its definition and also what are some of its general characteristics? I have heard that a some sort of level system ...
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Do Protestants believe that “Our Father” is on par with “Our Mother,” or is Jesus strictly invoking a male symbol only?

According to some people calling God 'Father', without adding that God is also Mother, unfairly exalts one image for God above all others and ignores the culturally conditioned nature of all our ...
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How do young Catholics remember a set of prayers in order to pray the rosary?

How do young Catholics remember a set of prayers in order to pray the rosary? Do they have to memorize everything by rote, or do they get some help with mnemonics? Should they pray in Latin or in the ...
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What is the role of a “Methodist lay pastor”?

This site makes mention of a "Methodist lay pastor." What does this person do? How is this role different from the "pastor" in the Methodist Church? What type of religious training or education does ...
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From a Fundamentalist Church standpoint, what is its equivalent of a catechumen?

From a Fundamentalist Church standpoint, what is its equivalent of a catechumen? In many denominations (Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran, Anglican, Episcopalian), there is a concept called a ...
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Why do some Christian churches have classes about other churches?

The context of my question is is directed mostly toward "non-denominational" or independent Christian groups, though feedback from the perspective of more established (e.g. Protestant) churches is ...
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How do protestant youth group ministers reach apathetic parents of religious education students?

Another year of teaching religious ed. is starting for me next week and one thing our DRE wants to emphasize, with the new diocesan norms mandating tests, of all things, is that we need more parental ...
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Is there a biblical basis/justification for requiring a pastor be educated?

As a Baptist, while I don't know of any specific requirements for a pastor, it is generally accepted that a head pastor would have some sort of seminary education, be it a Masters or even a Doctorate ...
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Are there analogues to the Mormon/LDS high school seminary in other Christian denominations?

The LDS church has a high school seminary system where high school students intensively learn the teachings of the LDS church. This is a week-daily 1/2hr - 1 hour class taken before normal school ...
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What arguments would you give to teenagers who are unconcerned about eternal life?

So the kids in my catechism class aren't all that into the notion of living forever. That's kind of depressing, but I don't think its anything we can't get around. However, what do you tell a kid, ...
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What should a Catholic Religious Ed. class be taught about the Reformation?

I'd like to incorporate some information from this site in my Religious Ed. class. I teach a weekly class to 8th and 9th graders and none of them really understand what the difference is between us ...