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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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Who rejects prosperity theology? [duplicate]

Which denominations more or less explicitly reject prosperity theology? As far as I understand, most Charismatics, and probably Pentecostals believe in prosperity theology. Right? But it is rejected ...
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What is the Lutheran view on sovereign election?

My understanding is that Lutherans have some doctrine of sovereign election/predestination, yet they also affirm unlimited atonement and that some do go on to shipwreck their faith. What are the ...
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Do any denominations take “turn the other cheek” as a literal command to be followed?

Do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. (Matthew 5:39 NASB) Do any denominations, historical or current, take this command literally? ...
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What are the biblical arguments against Arianism?

In the same spirit of the question: What are the Biblical arguments against modalism? Arianism, the idea that the Son is inferior to the Father, is considered a heresy by most Christian ...
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What are the soteriological consequences of heresy?

From the Catechism (paragraph 2089), quoting cannon law 751: Heresy is the obstinate post-baptismal denial of some truth which must be believed with divine and catholic faith, or it is likewise an ...
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Is church attendance and/or participation in Communion a requirement for Roman Catholics?

Is church attendance and/or participation in Communion (i.e., Lord's Supper, Eucharist, Mass) considered a requirement for Roman Catholics?
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What is the Christian position on sleeping with a menstruating woman? [closed]

Most mainstream Christian denominations teach that the Ceremonial Law has become obsolete, but consider homosexuality to be a sin that one should not do after becoming a Christian. There are quite a ...
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Why does the LDS church believe that alcohol was forbidden, despite being common in the Bible?

The Word of Wisdom prohibits members of the LDS church from drinking alcohol, but alcohol is quite common in both the Tanach (Jewish bible) and the New Testament. Why does the LDS church believe that ...
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Unitatis Redintegratio: Analogy to describe those in “partial” or “imperfect” communion?

In the Vatican II decree Unitatis Redintegratio, or "the Decree of Ecunemism," we see the phrase "imperfect" (non perfecta) used to describe "communion" (communio), as well as the typical phrase, ...
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What is the Roman Catholic interpretation of 2 Thes. 2:3?

The English translation of 2 Thes. 2:3 according to New American Bible, Revised Edition: Let no one deceive you in any way. For unless the apostasy comes first and the lawless one is revealed, the ...
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Why did Jesus not want people to talk about his healings? [closed]

Why did Jesus not want people to talk about his healing? Can you match my answer to the question above? Or at least investigate it? Thanks! Many things Jesus did served multiple purposes so some ...
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Bland white rice and tea in Chinese-American Christian Churches

I am not a Christian, and have never been one. But there were times in my childhood when my family and I visited a Chinese-American Christian Church upon the request of a friend (usually my mother's). ...
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How does the Catholic Church explain passages that seem to use culturally specific logic?

In 1 Corinthians, Paul writes about women, prayer, and head coverings. As he often does, rather than simply laying down a law, he appeals to logic and well known facts. For example, Doth not even ...
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What is the Biblical backing for the perspective that our actions affect who makes it to heaven?

Some members of my church believe that through our actions, people who would not otherwise have been saved will be saved. I want to know what the Biblical backing for this doctrine is. If you want a ...
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Catholic Study Bibles [closed]

What Catholic Study Bibles are there? I've heard of two: one called Jerusalem, the other called Pilgrim. Are there more? What are their main differences? Thanks in advance.
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If I have the Spirit of Jesus in me, why do I still sin? [closed]

If we, as Christians and believers, are indwelt with the Holy Spirit, the same spirit of Jesus, why do we still sin? Galatians 4:4-7 ESV But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his ...
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Does the Bible say anything about where the semen is produced? [closed]

Does the Bible say anything about where the semen is produced? I've studied the Quran and known that it mentions something about the place where semen is produced, so I figured it may be taken from ...
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War in heaven? Or misinterpretation? [closed]

What does this mean? Matthew 11:12 From the days of John the baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been suffering violence, and the violent have been seizing it by force.
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Why does Jesus say, “Very truly I tell you”? [migrated]

I'm studying philosophy of religion and I was just wondering if anyone could tell me why, in the fourth sign in John's gospel especially (feeding of the five thousand), he constantly says, "Very truly ...
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What would be different if there were no Holy Spirit? [closed]

I have difficulty grasping the 'concept' of the Holy Spirit. I understand that the Holy Spirit is one of the three persons of Trinity. 'God the Father' and 'the Son' make perfect sense, but what ...
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Why was it important that Isaac's wife be from within Abraham's family?

In Genesis 24, Abraham tells his servant to go back to his homeland and find a wife for Isaac from Abraham's country and Abraham's relatives. First of all, I suppose I can understand why Isaac was ...
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Does Mormonism rest on Joseph Smith's credibility alone? [closed]

The "first vision" claim by Joseph Smith is hard to believe. Three witnesses were shown the plates by the power of God and eight others were shown them by Joseph Smith, but even if the three saw ...
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Confused on Nahor and Haran

In Genesis 11, we are shown that Abram, Nahor, and Haran are brothers. Haran dies in Ur. Then, Abram and other family members travel now to a city called Haran (a bit confusing, but okay. Did ...
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The nature of the universe to a Mormon [duplicate]

Since the Mormon god is a created being who worked to become "exalted" and his god was some other likewise enterprising created being ad infinitum, exactly who or what created the universe or the ...
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Meaning of “Confirmatio” in relation to the Sacrament of Confirmation (Sacramentum Confirmationis)

Of the seven sacraments of the Christian faith (as held by the Roman Catholic Church), one is "confirmation." This is derived from the Latin word confirmatio, as seen in the Latin text of the ...
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Why does Joseph have a staff in nativity scenes?

I noticed that many nativity scenes present Joseph with a staff (in many cases a shepherd's staff). What was the original basis for this portrayal? This answer is less concerned with the origin of ...
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When and why were stained glass windows first incorporated into the design of a Christian place of worship?

Many Christian churches incorporate stained glass windows into their design. Some members have noted that the use of stained glass windows in architectural design pre-dates Christianity. That ...
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What's the name of the heresy that declares Mary Mother of God is a goddess?

Such heresy was condemned centuries ago by the Church, but I cannot remember its name.
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What is the basis for saying that Adam was created without sin?

I've googled multiple phrases and in different ways, but I haven't yet found any verse that says that Adam an Eve were created without sin. Or that simply says they were without sin before the fall, ...
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How do we explain Paul's encounters with disciples of Jesus in light of the Great Commission?

The following passage relates the "Great Commission" that Jesus gave to 11 disciples: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2028:16-20 But Paul, a man who never met Jesus during his ...
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Is Yahweh the Golden Calf? [closed]

Does the name "Egeliah" found on ancient ostracon which translates to "bull calf of Yah" suggest that the Golden calves of Aaron and Jeroboam are actually symbols of Yahweh rather than deified ...
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What are all the things that can contain the Holy Spirit?

Based on biblical text, what are all the different kinds of "things" that can be filled/indwelt by the Holy Spirit? The first and most obvious answer is a person, but also apparently a marriage: ...

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