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Catholic's view on artificial self-enhancement

I am writing a story wherein a pill to increase empathy and awareness of your fellow human being is invented. I was wondering what the view of the Catholic church is on self-enhancement. I went to a ...
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Does God require us to have faith because Adam and Eve sinned? [closed]

I remember when I first sought God, I felt like I was going out into the dark. I simply followed people at the church without really believing, but willing myself to believe. In other words, I didn't ...
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Why was Christ's sacrifice such a big cost? [duplicate]

Many hymns refer to the immense cost that Jesus paid on the cross. In one sense this is consistent with evangelical theology in that Jesus was taking the sins of the world upon himself. But some ...
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Who uses the term “God-talk”, and what do they mean?

I've seen many books and articles that use the word God-talk. This seems, often, to be used as a friendlier alternative to theology, which comes from the Greek θεός (theos) for God, and λόγος (logos) ...
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Why is Jeremiah 31:31-34 interpreted by Catholic Christians to point toward Jesus?

Why is Jeremiah 31:31-34 interpreted by Catholic Christians to point toward Jesus? How and why has Christianity fused together the idea of a Hebrew מָשִׁיחַ, or messiah, with the concept of something ...
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On what basis does the Catholic Church teach that women cannot be ordained?

The Catholic Church maintains that it does not have the authority to ordain women. I.e., the Church can't ordain women. It's assumed then that God set a precedent or gave a mandate to ordain only men. ...
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If you don't believe in the inerrancy of scripture, on what basis can you interpret scripture?

I know there are several Christian traditions that do not claim that scripture is inerrant (and therefore do not interpret everything in the Bible literally). If this is the case, then it seems like a ...
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What is so appealing about Christianity? [closed]

Early Christianity soon after Jesus’ death, in spite of the whole powerful world being against the first believers, kept spreading rapidly in that region. More so because up to the point of Jesus' ...
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What is the role and significance of Zion in Christianity?

The meaning of Zion is uncertain. There is a hymn related to Zion. The refrain part says, We’re marching to Zion, Beautiful, beautiful Zion; We’re marching upward to Zion, The ...
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How does Christianity work with all the biblical covenants?

One major theme of the Bible is the number of covenants between God and humanity. How do Christians manage to work them out? Are the covenants prioritized from highest priority to lowest priority, or ...
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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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Which denominations follow “queer theology”?

According to this page, it briefly describes this: Queer theology begins with an assumption that gender non-conformity and homosexual desire have always been present in human history, and are ...
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What sort of Christians are proponents of just war?

Which sects of Christianity are support the idea of "Just War"? What are the arguments that they give that support this view? How do they see their views on this issue being related to the Bible?
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What happened to the resurrected after death?

In the Bible (primarily the New Testament), we see numerous people who were raised from the dead. Drawing from this link, we see the following were raised from death: Widow of Zarephath's son (1 ...
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Does Roman Catholic Church recognize some Eastern Orthodox Saints?

I heard that in some of Catholic churches (I mean parishes) in Europe there are icons of Russian Saints, such as Seraphim of Sarov, for example (may be I'm wrong, I personally haven't seen this). So ...
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Which denominations follow prosperity theology?

In the comments of an answer to another question, the topic of prosperity theology was raised, and someone stated that a large portion of Christianity is in some way supportive of prosperity theology. ...
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In what way is God the “Father” of Jesus?

Jesus identified God as His Father and Himself as the only begotten Son; these are familial names, which impose relational considerations. Biblically speaking, in what way is God the Father of ...
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Why did God describe the light as being good, but not the darkness?

In the account of creation in Genesis 1, it seems that God describes many of the things He creates as being "good". Verse 2 indicates that prior to there being light, there was "darkness over the ...
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What does this quote mean? [closed]

This was in the context of surrendering our will to God. The quote goes "An over-weaning consideration for ourselves is the thing that keeps us from that decision (of surrendering our will), though we ...
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Did Dante's Divine Comedy describe or define Christian views on the afterlife?

Dante's Divine Comedy, the 14th century epic poem describing a journey through the various levels of Hell, Purgatory and Heaven and the persons or types of persons who inhabit each level (including ...
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What theological statement would be made if the Creeds preceded the homily?

In both the Anglican and Catholic Mass, the Liturgy of the Word (aka reading the lessons), begins with Scripture, includes a Homily, and then concludes with the recitation of one of the Creeds. ...
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Does intelligence or rationality belong to other animals by participation?

In the Summa Theologica, Question 108(5), St Thomas Aquinas writes: Therefore, if anything is to be called by a name designating its property, it ought not to be named from what it participates ...
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Is android a kind of mankind? [closed]

In St.Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica, it said But to know distinctly what is contained in the universal whole is to know the less common, as to "animal" indistinctly is to know it as "animal"; ...
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Is there any theological work on our experience of natural beauty as believers?

I was wondering if there are any verses in the Bible that speak about the Christian's experience of natural beauty? Or even any theological work would be nice to read. I came across this quote in a ...
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How do Christians incorporate present moment everyday faith in light of God's multi-generational nature?

From reading the Bible, I have always had questions about how God works slowly over many generations of people and more specifically about those who live in what I call "God's Silent Periods". For ...
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What is the basis for the argument that Jesus DID NOT have the ability to sin or give in to temptation?

While some people people that Jesus could have given in to the temptations He suffered and sinned, others do not. They believe that Jesus could suffer temptation, but did not have the capacity to ...
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What is the basis for the argument that Jesus DID have the ability to give in to temptation?

I understand that some people believe that Jesus actually had the capacity to sin, that is, to give in to the temptations that He suffered. This seems to suggest that God has the power tos in. In a ...
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According to Catholicism and/ or Protestantism, how many times was Jesus of Nazareth, whether pre-incarnate or incarnate, begotten?

How many times was Jesus of Nazareth, whether pre-incarnate or incarnate, begotten?
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Is the existence of God self-evident?

Please support any answer primarily with biblical support and also, if you wish, the writing of a reputed theologian or philosopher.
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What is the mental representation of God during prayer?

In the Bible, we find an internal representation of God, who is within us. For example: “Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke ...
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Why are some denominations so against the idea of personal revelation as a source of Truth?

In the spirit of On what basis do some denominations prohibit Christians from drinking alcohol? and Why do Young-Earth Creationists make such a big deal about the YEC view First, what this question ...
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What movement was Chesterson writing about in “Orthodoxy”

I just started reading G.K. Chesterson's Orthodoxy and came across this quote: In this remarkable situation it is plainly not now possible (with any hope of a universal appeal) to start, as our ...
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Two Editions of Pelikan's “Whose Bible Is It?”

Yaroslav Pelikan's final book "Whose Bible Is It?" has two editions. The first edition came out in 2005 and was sub-titled "A History of the Scriptures Through the Ages." The second edition came out ...
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Is Set Theory anti-Christian?

I read this article entitled "What do Christian fundamentalists have against set theory" and was shocked since I grew up (Grade 1 - 8) in several (what could be described as) ...
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Where is God according to Christianity?

Sometimes to make the idea controversial, atheists depict God as a humanly being residing in the space and then compare him to other fairy tale creatures. To counter this, some sort of logical or may ...
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Is Matthew 24:36 contrary to trinitarianism?

In Matthew 24:36 Jesus is quoted saying, that even he does not know when the end of the world will come, only God (the Father) alone. I'm interested whether this might be in any conflict with the ...
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Is the nation of Israel itself a type of Christ and, if so, how?

There is a branch of theological study devoted to archetypes, or types of Christ. Some of these are explicitly defined in the New Testament, as when Jesus speaks of the manna from heaven and calls ...
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Is the LDS's view of Trinity/Godhead considered monotheistic or polytheistic?

With the LDS view that the Trinity is three beings would that mean they (LDS) are monotheistic or polytheistic?
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Catholic Theology and Transubstantiation

I'm a bit rusty on my Catholic theology, but I don't every recall any specific set of rules or parameters that govern which substances can and cannot be subject to transubstantiation. Basically, the ...
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What is the Evangelical Christian argument against Rob Bell?

I was surprised to read the comments on this meta question1 about Rob Bell. I don't know much about him (except I watched some of the nooma films). What is the Evangelical Christian problem with him? ...
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How to compare Christian pastor credentials?

Requirements for ordination vary across denominations. Baptists and Pentecostals, for example, will ordain people without even a high school diploma, whereas many of the more liturgical denominations ...
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According to reformed theology, how does the fall glorify God?

What this question is not about: This question is NOT about: Is God omniscient (all knowing?), omnipotent (all powerful?) and benevolent? Then if God foresaw the first sin, and had the power to stop ...
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Cross with P loop atop

I have seen in a church a cross with a loop off the top that makes the vertical look like a P. Does this symbol have a name? What is its meaning? From what does it derive? Can you supply any more ...
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In Theistic Evolution, when did the alleged evolutionary animal/ape/man become accountable for his sins?

One answer to this previous question asks, One of the problems I have with theistic evolution is: when did this alleged evolutinary animal/ape/man become accountable for his sins? [sic] It would ...
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What is the significance of the Bible to Christianity?

What exactly is the significance of the Bible to Christianity? Is Christianity defined by the Bible? If so, is belief in the Bible the most important (or foundational) belief in Christianity? Is ...
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Are there any Protestant beliefs which have their roots in Mormon doctrines?

Protestants often associate Mormonism with outlandish1 doctrines like innumerable Gods, people living on the sun, or special underwear that you can't take off2. But I am curious what lies at the ...
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What is the scriptural basis for liberation theology?

Gustavo Gutierrez is the theologian most associated with the concept of Liberation Theology, a theology that is highly popular amongst liberals and South Americans. Some of its main points include: ...
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What are the main differences between Reformed Protestant Biblical Theology and Covenant Theology?

I have mostly studied theology by people who have their views labeled as Covenant Theology, by the label makers. Recently, I have studied views of some who prefer the label, Biblical Theology. I have ...
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What is the Christian perspective on the description of God?

My pastor (Calvary Chapel) referred to God as His father, then once said that God is everywhere and in everything (i.e. - inside each person) and then that God is Love. So now I am confused as to ...
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What are the primary differences and implications of a propitiatory view of the atonement versus an expiatory view?

Western theology tends to view atonement as propitiation, while Eastern tends to view it as expiation. What are the primary differences and implications of each perspective? Are they antithetical or ...