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What is the origin and purpose of a new bishop being questioned by a layperson?

At the enthronement of Justin Welby as Archbishop of Canterbury on 21 March 2013, the following exchange took place as part of the ceremony. Evangeline Kanagasooriam is a layperson from the diocese, ...
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How has the position of the Catholic Church on drugs changed over time?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: 2211 The political community has a duty to honor the family, to assist it, and to ensure especially [...] the protection of security and health, ...
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What does John Calvin mean to imply by the “suffrage” of the church?

In his Institutes of the Christian Religion, John Calvin discusses the idea that the Biblical canon depends on the ratifying action of the Church (Book 1, Chapter 7). He thinks it does not, preferring ...
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What is the source of the quote attributed to Origen, that “the soul has neither beginning nor end”?

Related answer: Is there any substance to the claim that Origen supported reincarnation? The following quote is widely attributed to Origen in books and on the internet (e.g., here and here): ...
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Are there any surviving Acta Diurna copies mentioning Jesus' trial or other aspects of his life?

I recently learned about Acta Diurna, which are official notices created by Roman authorities describing legal proceedings and the outcome of trials. It occurred to me that the trial of Jesus before ...
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In LDS belief, why are eternal families so important?

I know that the family is central to God's plan, and that families give you more joy in life than anything else ever could. But I've often wondered why it is necessary for everyone to be sealed ...
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In Presbyterianism, what is the basis for a parallel between the office of deacon and Christ's priestly office?

In Presbyterianism, there are three "titles" that can be given to officers of a church: Teaching elder (e.g., pastors) Ruling elder Deacon Last weekend I heard something rather novel, at least to ...
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How are eschatological beliefs distinguished in the Evangelical churches?

"Pre-tribulation," "post-tribulation," "millennial," and "dispensationalist" are all terms that I've heard used to describe certain eschatological beliefs held by groups of mainstream Evangelicals (...
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What views are there about the necessity of Jesus' murder?

In a former question, I was told me that different denominations of Christianity hold many views about if/why it was necessary for Jesus to be murdered instead of dying of old age. I would now like ...
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What is the biblical basis for the belief that the name of the Messiah is יָהוּשׁוּעַ (Yahushua)?

There are some1 who assert that the name of the Messiah is יָהוּשׁוּעַ (which would be transliterated into English as Yahushua). What is the biblical basis for this assertion? 1 See Google search for ...
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Do most Advent Christians hold to eternal security?

Is there a predominant view among Advent Christian Church members (a.k.a First-day Adventists) regarding the doctrine of Perseverance of the Saints, sometimes called "eternal security"?
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Looking for a good overview of atonement theory (book or other resource)

I am looking for a good overview/introduction to atonement theory that covers multiple points of view so that I can better understand the difference between the various different theories. I am not ...
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Eastern Orthodoxy - When a liturgical hymn to a Saint is composed (such as a Troparion), how is the mode/tone for the hymn chosen?

Canons, troparia, kontakia, aposticha, stichera, etc. all have a tone/mode associated with them. How does the author of the hymn choose which mode/tone to use? Is it the same for all, or is it a ...
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In the tradition of Jehovah's Witnesses, does Romans 6:23 mean that all people who are resurrected have their sins blotted out?

Since the Bible itself says there is to be a resurrection of the good and bad (Acts 24:15) how do Jehovah's Witnesses explain their position that death blots out the sins of all? If death blots out ...
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Have any noteworthy church councils denounced Full Preterism as heresy?

Full preterists believe that all prophecies in the Bible have already been fulfilled, including those related to the final resurrection, the Second Coming of Christ, and the Final Judgment. I have ...
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Do any Christian traditions permit suicide to avoid being dishonored (raped)?

Do any Christian traditions allow suicide for women at the point of being dishonored (raped) by rampaging armies or thugs during war or persecutions against Christians? This tough subject includes ...
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Have any critiques of Lindbeck's principles been offered by academics?

Lindbeck's principles for doing 'good' Christology are as follows: Monotheism - There is only one God Historic Specificity - Centred on Jesus of Nazareth Christological Maximalism - all highest ...
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Are there any parallel Russian / Slavonic – English prayer books for Orthodox Christians?

I have a copy of the Jordanville prayer book that is getting worn out, and I would like to know if a parallel Russian (i.e., Church Slavonic—Russians call it "Russian") and English prayer book exists, ...
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Can Hebrews Chapter 4 use of “Today” Be Used to Refute mistranslation of Luke 23:43 in the New World Translation of the Bible?

See the "today" doctrine presented in Hebrews: Hebrews 4: 6 Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of ...
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Why are archdeacons (Anglican, Catholic, or Orthodox) called “The Venerable”? What is the origin, in Latin and English, of this title?

Wikipedia doesn't seem to provide a fleshed-out etymology of this title. Who first held it? When did its usage become applied to all archdeacons. And do archdeacons ever have issues with the title, ...
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Are there examples of royal Orthodox saints (not martyrs) who have executed people?

Are there any examples of saints (not martyrs) recognized by the Orthodox church that have executed or overseen the execution of people? I am explicitly ruling out martyrdom because I am interested ...
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According to the Catholic Church, will people be able to have private conversations with God at any time in Heaven?

Every now and then, I say to myself, "I'll have to ask God about this when I get to Heaven." My Question: According to the Catholic Church, will it be possible to ask such questions once we're in ...
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What does “he finds his truth” mean in Pope Benedict's Caritas in Veritate?

While I was reading Caritas in Veritate, an encyclical letter by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, I found this fragment: Love — caritas — is an extraordinary force which leads people to opt for ...
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How old was Timothy when he became a Christian?

Some people think he was a child or a teenager, others believe he was a young man when he converted to Christianity. Is there a way to support any of these assumptions?
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Did any ancient source believe in more than four gospels?

I'm listening to a lecture series by Dale Martin (Professor of Religious Studies, Yale), and he makes the passing claim that during development of the New Testament canon there were some who thought ...
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What prompted the second century writers to adopt the concept of οὐσία to refer to God's nature?

My question When did the concept of οὐσία begin to refer to God's nature? has been answered and the answer was actually great. However, the answer has led me to ask another question. Conceptually, ...
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The Blessing of Herbs on the Feast of the Assumption?

Is there any confirmed historical evidence as to the origins to support the tradition that the Blessing of Herbs and Fruit is associated with the Feast of the Assumption?
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Do any Christian groups forbid lending at interest?

Is charging or paying interest disallowed by any groups in Christianity, and if so which ones? So for example I sell someone a laptop and they don't have the full money right now and lets say the ...
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According to the Unity Church, are Christians equal to Christ?

Jesus was naming himself 'son of God' and I read in Matthew 6:9 he commanded his disciples naming God with 'father' which i think places them in equal to Christ. In John 20:17 is a similar situation – ...
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Does Jesus advise to leave the pharisees or follow them?

In Matthew 23:3 Jesus advises that the people should follow the verbal direction of the Pharisees: So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not ...
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Has there ever existed a Catholic local church feast at Rome in honor of the Domine Quo Vadis?

The Church of St. Mary in Palmis at Rome, originally was called the Church of Domine Quo Vadis. The title of this church takes its' name from a pious tradition that St. Peter one day decided to leave ...
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What is an overview of the interpretations of Acts 16:31 “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”?

"Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household. ... and you and your family will be saved.(Acts 16:31) What is an overview of the major interpretations of this verse. I ...
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What does the Catholic Church think about God being defined as “that than which nothing greater can be conceived”?

I think most modern Catholic theologians disagree with the claim that existing is greater than not existing, but what about the definition given by Anselm? Is that accepted? Why or why not?
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What is the biblical basis that we no longer need to confess and repent?

Joseph Prince (Worldwide speaker and author of Destined to Reign) and Andrew Wommack (Andrew Wommack Ministries and author of many books) teaches this with the Grace (hyperGrace) message, as does my ...
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What is an overview of doctrines regarding Christ and Original Sin?

I can imagine a few consequences of the doctrine of original sin on the person and ministry of Christ. Was Christ burdened by original sin because he was human, and chose not to sin, overcoming that ...
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What is the Catholic view on EFT?

Did the Catholic Church or any of the representatives issued any stance on Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)? I realize it comes from an Eastern religion which is not in line with Christianity, but ...
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How is the Book of Enoch ascribing all sins of fallen angels to Azazel not Scriptural?

A member by the name Jas 3.1 in his list of false doctrines against the Book of Enoch in "Why is the Book of Enoch not regarded as canonical?" stated: "Ascribes all the sin of the fallen angels to ...
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What are the major Christian Zionist groups in the United States and what do they state are their core beliefs?

I am somewhat confused about what Christian Zionists exactly believe. Wikipedia - probably not the best source - defines Christian Zionism in broad terms as: a belief among some Christians that ...
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Has the Catholic Church made a list of events in the life of Jesus which took place in fulfillment of prophecies of the Old Testament?

There appears to be a number of events in the life of Jesus which took place in order to fulfill one prophecy or other of the Old Testament, but are not specifically quoted as such by the evangelists. ...
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What is the name of this Christian kids' song and tape?

I remember lyrics but not the title of the tape: Verse: your love never lets me down because your love is true Chorus: I'm never ever ever ever ever ever ever gonna stop loving you Verse: sometimes ...
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Works Rightouseness - Is there any Christian Group that focus on this

I have been reading a Protestant book on evangelism and it, as well as other books I have read from Evangelical sources, focus greatly on on how their faith practice is in direct opposition to Works-...
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What are the differences between editions of Ryle's Expository Thoughts?

I've heard J.C. Ryle's devotional thoughts on the gospels ("Expository Thoughts") highly recommended by a few people. However there are a few editions out there, and different people have different ...
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How was the Catholic Easter calendar established, despite this passage?

Matthew 12:40 For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. If Jesus said ...
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Holy children, does it mean that they are saved if they die young?

For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy. (1 ...
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What is Church substitution doctrine?

Some denomination believe that the church is a substitute in the ends times.I am told this is called replacement theology. Can some explain what they substitute and what verse(s) this is based on? ...
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Lutheranism- how do you describe its theology in terms of Arminianism and Calvinism?

Before you think I am entirely unaware of church history, I do realize Luther lived before Calvin and Arminius. Also, it would be inappropriate to ask if its more "Calvinistic" or "Arminian" because ...
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Can Molinism be Arminian theology?

Can Molinism (or middle knowledge) "work" within Arminian theology or is it something else entirely? I recently read a post by Roger Olson who believes that this theology is somewhat compatible with ...
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What's the difference between Cushingite and Feeneyite salvation?

THE ECCLESIOLOGY OF THE CONSTITUTION ON THE CHURCH, VATICAN II, ‘LUMEN GENTIUM’ IS FEENEYITE : FOR CARDINAL RATZINGER AND THE INTERNATIONAL THEOLOGICAL COMMISSION IT IS CUSHINGITE The International ...

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