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What things led to the canonization of Thomas More? [duplicate]

Besides his martyrdom, what were some specific things that led to the canonization of Thomas More?
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Are Followers of Christianity Allowed to Love Whomever They Choose? [closed]

I'm new to this site and hoping to understand more about Christianity. I was taught some about Christianity in my younger years and try to leverage that to understand more about Christianity ...
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Did Noah build the Ark in America?

According to Mormon Doctrine, Adam and Eve lived in Adam-ondi-Ahman. Which was revealed to Joseph Smith to be located in Missouri (see D&C 116:1). This would mean that unless Adam's posterity ...
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Was Jesus God or just a good follower? [duplicate]

So there's 44,000 sects of Christianity but I need to know the most important thing that matters to me. I believe God literally lived through Jesus, which is why in order to "see the father," one must ...
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Is a Catholic “blessing of a marriage” not a wedding?

Consider the following case: A Catholic woman marries an unbelieving man (in particular, a man not baptised in any Christian denomination) in a state ceremony. Following an adulterous episode on the ...
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What is the decree that Pope Gregory IX issued in 1231?

I came across this in an article about the inquisition: In 1231, Pope Gregory IX published a decree which called for life imprisonment with salutary penance for the heretic who had confessed and ...
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How does the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America handle heresies?

As far as I know, I am aware, from a simple Google search, that the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the largest Lutheran denomination in the United States, considers the twofold rule of God ...
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What is the Biblical basis for opposing State Brutality?

If there was ever a case of a completely innocent man being beaten and killed for crimes he did not commit, it would have to be Jesus. Yet, when Peter sliced off the ear of a slave, Jesus told Peter ...
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What is the biblical basis for the JW belief that only 144,000 go to heaven?

The JW book "What Does the Bible Really Teach" asserts that (the blood of the) "covenant, or contract, makes it possible for 144,000 faithful Christians to go to heaven (p207). and "These 144,000 ...
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Who was “Zacharias son of Barachias” in Matt. 23:35?

In Matt. 23:35, it is written, That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew ...
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What is the Catholic explanation as to why God has revealed himself in “male” terms?

The Catholic Church teaches that God is neither man nor woman. CCC 370 In no way is God in man's image. He is neither man nor woman. God is pure spirit in which there is no place for the ...
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Finding the “Garden of Terrors”

There is an article from Touchstone Magazine titled "A Student's Garden of Terrors". In the Christian context, what is the "Garden of Terrors" referring to? Was there a famous Christian author who ...
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Children picking parents before birth. Is it biblical?

Is there anywhere in the bible where it says that babies choose or pick their parents before birth? Do children already know their parents before birth?
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What was the “Sect of Nicolaus” and did elements of it's influence carry down to our day?

In Revelation there is mention, in two congregations, concerning the "Sect of Nicolaus". What exactly was this sect? What did it teach? And has it's influence survived into our day?
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How can calculations of biblically-created Earth's age ever be anything more than speculative? [closed]

How can anyone claim to calculate the age of the Earth since creation, with respect to modern time measurement, when, first and foremost, the Hebrew word that is translated "day" in virtually all ...
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What prophecy was about Timothy?

Paul refers to a prophecy about Timothy 1 Tim 1:18-19 ESV Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight ...
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Does anyone in the church suggest we can uniquely know ourselves through prayer

Do any theologians, philosophers etc. claim that our prayers defines ourselves to ourselves, such that when we pray we see who we really are in a way we can't normally?
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Is all prayer supplication? [duplicate]

In Christianity is all prayer supplication, and if not, what else it at work? Supplication being as I understand it a sort of request to God. What prayers are unequivocally not requests, or nearly ...
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What does “give that which is holy to dogs” mean?

What does this mean? You must not give that which is holy to dogs. Do not cast your pearls before swine, or the swine may trample them under foot, and then turn on you and tear you to pieces. ...
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How do demotions work in the Catholic Church?

All other controversial materials aside, as I read this article about Raymond Burke, I'm curious about this line, and this line only (emphasis mine): Burke, who was recently demoted from the ...
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Why would people make themselves eunuchs “for the Kingdom of heavens sake”?

The text I'm drawing from is Matthew 19:1-12. Here is my main text: "But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given. 12 For there are some eunuchs, ...
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What is the biblical basis for the use of extra-biblical books in the study of Christ?

The Bible teaches on its self. That being said, I don't understand why anyone would direct someone who has already professed faith in Christ to any other resource then the Bible. Hopefully the book ...
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Did Luther have any disagreements with the teachings of Augustine of Hippo?

Did Luther have any disagreements with the teachings of Augustine of Hippo? The Wikipedia page on Luther doesn't mention any, and from my limited knowledge of Luther's books, I can't recall any ...
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What reasoning can be used to distinguish between the commands we do obey and those we don't? [duplicate]

Blue tassels: faith or fashion? In the book of Numbers 15:37-31 the bible says: The Lord said to Moses, 38 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘Throughout the generations to come you are to ...
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How is teaching that Jews don't have to follow the Law reconciled with the Word of God and Jesus?

What do the main bodies of Christian belief (Orthodox, Catholic, 'mainline' Protestant) have to say about the following? We can see that many Christians think that Jews don't have to follow the Law. ...
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Do any prominent theologians point to Old Testament prophecies of there being two comings of the Messiah?

Christians believe there will be a second coming of Christ. They believe he will then fulfill many prophecies of the New Testament, as well as all the Old Testament messianic prophecies he left ...
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How do the rites for a first and second marriage (after death of a spouse) differ in the Orthodox Church?

If an Eastern Orthodox parishioner becomes a widow(er) and decides to remarry, what are the differences between what it will look like in their first and second marriage? What are the reasons for the ...
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Where did the idea of being “called to preach” come from?

The church loves to use the idiom called to preach. It's the idea that (for the purposes of this question) God calls some people to preach or pastor and He doesn't call others. A person might say ...
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Can the bible become an Idol? [closed]

I was wondering if there is a danger that the Bible could become an idol and I might indirectly worship it without realizing it. We say the bible is the word of God. It is divinely inspired so ...
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What if you've never read the bible? [duplicate]

I had a dream we were being judged I was going to be burned and I lied to get out, I ran and ran and ran then I woke up upset and a bit spooked. I've never read the bible but I do know bits and ...
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1 or 2 Verses that confirm a Pre-Trib Rapture [duplicate]

Can you supply me with 1 or 2 verses that confirm a Pre-Trib Rapture, Please. Thank you
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Do any Christian groups refer to God as “she”, “it” or “they”? (Or is it always “He”?)

In this age of “Political Correctness”, it seems that many people now frown upon the use of he as a gender-neutral pronoun with which to refer to the Christian God, though it was universally used for ...
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Who was the Christian missionary who helped reform English Missions?

I recall reading a biography of a Christian missionary who(after some difficulty, to be sure) arrived in the country he was preparing to serve. Upon arrival, however, he was appalled by the ...
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What is Reasoning behind the Inquisition and Separation of Holy days to be separate from the Israeli Sabbath

I have been studying the Catholic religion lately and a great question came to mind which is explained below. We know that despite all the differences in branches of Christianity, most denominations ...
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Is Ecclesiastes 2:24 advice for Christians or non-Christians [closed]

Not everything written in the Bible is biblical for a Christian to follow. For example, David took Bathesheba and had her husband murdered. Now, I'm reading Ecclesiastes 2:24 and I see: 24 There ...
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Why do Protestants trust what Paul and Luke wrote 100%?

This has always been a big question for me. I can understand that many Christians believe there is good evidence for the resurrection of Jesus, and that gives a basis for their faith in the teaching ...
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Do any Catholic sources says on which side Jesus bowed his head when he died?

[...] and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. [cf. Jn 19:30]. From Catholic seers and perhaps other extra-biblical sources [e.g. apocrypha], is it known on which side Jesus bowed his head ...
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Does Catholicism teach that the Pope is God?

I am non-denominational. I have a couple Catholic friends and one of them told me that the Pope IS God. Remembering what I heard about the Catholic religion I corrected him and said that he was at ...
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What's the difference between predestination and predeterminism?

Could someone please plainly spell out the differences between the following concepts? Predestination Predeterminism Determinism Theological determinism There appears to be some debate over ...
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How do Mormons understand Revelation 22:3?

Revelation 22:3 in the King James Version: 3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: To me this appears to ...
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Can science prove Calvinism wrong? [closed]

Calvinism believe that the saving grace of God is effectually applied to those whom he has determined to save (that is, the elect) and overcomes their resistance to obeying the call of the gospel, ...
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Pride of the humble [closed]

Some Russian so called "saints" talked much about what they call "pride of the humble" (when one is proud by his own humility: "I am a great saint"). My question: Do similar ideas appear in western ...
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From a Lutheran perspective, does Hebrews 6 mean that some who fall away can never be restored?

Francis Pieper says that Lutheranism teaches both monergistic election and a salvation that can be lost: What Scripture teaches on final perseverance may be summarized in these two statements: ...
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Did Melchizedek worship the same God as Abram? [closed]

In Genesis 14:18, there is a man, Melchizedek, who was a priest of the Most High God: Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (Now he was the priest of the Most High God.) (NET) A ...
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Orthodox Priest Assignment

Here is a thread answering how Catholic Priests get assigned to parishes. How is this done for Orthodox Priests? What is that process and does a newly ordained priest have any say over his ...
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Did the notion of “Youth Group” exist in the early church?

Some modern churches have the notion of a "Youth Group", it is characterized as the following: a dedicated "Youth Pastor" consists mostly of younger (middle school + high school + college students) ...
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What is Protestant Scholasticism?

I read a tag line advocating Lutheran Theologian Dr. Jack Kilcrease offering a class on "Protestant Scholasticism", which I had never heard of before. This seems odd to me because of Luther's ...
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Where are the Mormon “relics”?

There were several Sacred items that were buried with the Plates of Gold by the prophet Moroni: "Having removed the earth, I obtained a lever, which I got fixed under the edge of the stone, and ...
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Does the Catholic Church have any mechanism to improve poor homilists?

In the United States, principals periodically observe teachers in the classroom to make sure that they are teaching to the curriculum and to ensure that they are using the best pedagogical techniques. ...
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Latin Lyrics for Gregorian Chants

Does the Catholic Church have a particular book that contains the Latin lyrics for Gregorian chants? I suppose most of these chants are sung as part of a liturgy. One such chant is named Communio: ...

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