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Why is God “Beautiful?”/ described as “Beautiful?” What is the theology that explains this among those who describe God in this manner?

In Catholicism and among Christian who share Catholic Belief and teaching laid out in this post, why is the Being who has revealed himself in "male terms" not only described as Beautiful (vs. ...
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What are the requirements for a teacher in the Baptist church?

A while ago, I read this academic paper by Casey Schutt. Although the entire paper was about evangelism ethics in the workplace and how self-identified evangelical/born-again Christians go about doing ...
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Why did Luther add the word 'alone' to Romans 3:28? [duplicate]

Luther added the German word "allein" (alone) to Romans 3:28 despite the fact that it is not in the Greek texts. Why did Luther add the word 'alone' to Romans 3:28? So halten wir nun dafür, daß ...
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A curse be unto you

Why does Paul wish for a curse on people who don't accept his teachings when we are not supposed to curse or swear? I Corinthians 16:22 "If anyone has no love for the Lord Let him be accursed." ...
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Do JW teach that Luke 23:43 was corrupted? On what basis?

If I recall correctly, in a past conversation with some Jehovah Witnesses, to prove that there is no life after death, I gathered from them that these words of the LORD on the cross in Luke 23:43 ...
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Are prospective Mormons allowed to be baptized during their menstruation periods?

A simple Google search turns up conflicting answers. One source says that some temples have no restrictions on menstruating Mormons, require menstruating Mormons to wear tampons, or bar menstruating ...
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Is there a deeper meaning for the reason for the new translation of the “Sanctus?”

In the New Translation of the Mass, the Sanctus changed from Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who ...
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When and why did blessing by the sign of the cross begin? [duplicate]

This post is a counterpart to this question: Is it known when and why Christians began to sign themselves with the Cross?. Among the Christians who bless using the sign of the cross, is it known when ...
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Is it known when and why Christians began to sign themselves and impart blessings with the Cross?

Among the Christians who make the sign of the cross [cf. this @fredsbend's answer], is it known when and why Christians began to sign themselves with the Cross? The best answer will also include when ...
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Is there a patristic precedent for understanding “foreknew” as “foreloved”?

In the Bible, to know often means an intimate knowledge and regard for someone. This doesn't just mean sexually (though that is where the phrase "known in the Biblical sense" came from, as in Genesis ...
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Did Karl Barth confess an orthodox doctrine of the Trinity?

That is, one consistent with the ecumenical creeds of the early church?
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Gifts of the holy spirit according to Seventh Day Adventists

Can you please explain or give commentary about the understanding and uses of the gifts of the holy spirit in the Seventh Day Adventists church. For example, I would appreciate a format of (if they ...
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Was it just Daniel who prayed toward Jerusalem or did all exiles do so?

While studying the book of Daniel I came across: Daniel 6:10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he ...
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Have Creationists advanced any particular Theories of Origin that they claim are falsifiable via the scientific method?

This is an attempt at an on-topic and useful version of this question - any edits or feedback to ensure that it meets both of those aims are welcome. To clarify the key term in use: ...
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What is the Catholic understanding of omnipotence?

Castiel wanted to ask this question from a biblical basis: Can God kill himself ? I mean, if he can kill himself, he isn't immortal and if he can't, he have not unlimited power... The question ...
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In a Eucharistic miracle, do the communicants still partake of the sacrament?

In the miracle of Lanciano in the eighth century, not only the substance but also the accidents of the bread and wine became that of flesh and blood. Chemically, it was identical to human flesh and ...
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Can God kill himself? [closed]

Can God kill himself ? I mean, if he can kill himself, he isn't immortal and if he can't, he have not unlimited power... Does the Bible say anything about this ?
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Can a prospective Catholic convert skip the RCIA by self-teaching?

Main Question: Can a prospective Catholic convert skip the RCIA by self-teaching the entire corpus of the Catechism of the Catholic Church? Sub-questions: What parts of the RCIA would the ...
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Where are the tombs of Jesus' original 12 disciples?

I would like a list of the twelve disciples, correlated with their most probable burial location. I understand that many reliquaries containing parts of their bodies were distributed throughout ...
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To JWs, how is Jesus Christ “the same yesterday and today, and forever”?

I'm referring, of course, to Hebrews 13:8. The Jehovah's Witnesses' preferred translation, the New World Translation, translates it in basically the same way as all other translations: Jesus ...
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Is creationism falsifiable? [closed]

Falsifiability of a theory is an inherent possibility to prove it to be false. Which is a requirement in the field of scientific methodology for a theory to be regarded valuable. As by Karl Popper's ...
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Was Jesus crucified naked?

Wikipedia on Crucifixion says While a crucifixion was an execution, it was also a humiliation, by making the condemned as vulnerable as possible. Although artists have traditionally depicted ...
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Why was the Angel Michael fighting the Devil for Moses' body?

I get this from the book of Jude. I know the meaning of the chapter as a whole it's just that this verse stuck out. Does anyone have a clue on this event? Here is the verse for reference. Yet ...
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To use or not use portable receptacles for baptism?

The Jewish mikvah has specific requirements on water collection and managed, as well as information on where the mikvah must be located. To quote chabad.com, the mikvah must not be portable ...
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According to Catholic Church tradition, where, when, how and by whom did the devotion of the Stations of the Cross begin?

Lent is approaching and during Holy Week, it is my understanding that every year at the Colosseum, the Pope leads the faithful in a devotion called the of the Way of the Cross [cf. this photo ...
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How do we know the words accredited to Jesus were the words Jesus actually spoke? [closed]

were people making notes of what Jesus said at the time or are the accounts in the N/T just people trying to remember what they were told he said?
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Why do so many baptisms occur with regular clothes on and not swimwear?

Why do so many baptisms occur with regular clothes on, and not in a swimsuit? On my visit to a Southern Baptist church, I saw a little girl get baptized by immersion. That was the only time when I ...
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Within the Catholic Church, when and by whom did the story that Jesus was born in a house arise?

This post is a counterpart to this other question of mine: What is earliest mention of the Church tradition that Jesus was born in a cave? In the World Library Publications Missalettes, which have ...
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What does Catholic teaching/theology say about familial relations in hell?

This post was triggered by the statement below in History of religion in the Netherlands | Wikipedia: Later, In addition to successful sermons, there are failures such as the refusal of the ...
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Is Baptism of a child still valid if one of the pouring during baptism misses?

In the Rite of Baptism for one Child the Celebrant when baptizing the child, says and does: N., I baptize you in the name of the Father, He immerses the child or pours water upon it. ...
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In Catholic Church history, have there been any extra-biblical reports of visions involving figures of other religions? [duplicate]

In the Christian Bible, the Transfiguration reports of Moses and Eli′jah appearing to Peter and James and John talking with Jesus. Therefore this can be taken as a biblical report of Christians ...
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Does the Catholic Church say or teach anything at all about “minimum wage?” [closed]

Does the Catholic Church say or teach anything at all about minimum wage? By this I do not mean that the Church says the minimum was should be $x.xx. Does the Church, perhaps through her social ...
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How do cessationists interpret James 5:13-18?

The Prayer of Faith Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them ...
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When is earliest mention of the Church tradition that Jesus was born in a cave?

The birth of Jesus as recounted by Luke says that: 7 And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them ...
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Within the Catholic Church, what are the main reasons given for the decline of Catholicism in the Netherlands?

This Wikipedia article Roman Catholicism in the Netherlands shows that the number of Catholics both as a percentage of the total population and in numbers has declined from 1970 to 2013 (40.5%/5.3m to ...
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C.S. Lewis Reference: True Myths

DJClayworth answered a question about the meaning of C.S. Lewis description of Christianity as a "true myth." What Lewis text uses the "true myth" terminology?
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Love your Neighbor as Yourself vs Love Your Pet as Yourself [closed]

How do Christians justify: spending money on pet food while homeless people starve In the Bible, the two greatest commandments are Matthew 22:36-40 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest ...
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In Catholicism, what does “mystical” mean?

In the Loreto Litanies, Mary is referred to as Mystical Rose and the Church teaches as doctrine that the Church is the the Mystical Body of Christ1. In Catholicism, what does mystical mean? 1. Cf. ...
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What is the basis for the claim that Judaism is a Christian Heresy?

NOTE: This question is asking about anti-semitic claim, not endorsing it By necessity, it must include the quote. The point is not to be anti-semitic, but rather to understand the basis of the ...
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What was the justification of morality in Puritan Antinomianism?

As far as I know, Puritans were devout Calvinists. According to Theopedia, Antinomianism is associated with disobedience to the established authority, so it may be connected with the idea of ...
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Where does “amen” come from? [closed]

Watched a video on YouTube. My first mistake. They were talking about the word "amen" coming from a Roman god Amen-Ra, I think. I thought "amen" just meant "to agree". How do people research this ...
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What is the name of this fragment? Where can I find more?

According to this article in The Blaze: The discovery of a small papyrus fragment containing words from the Book of Mark could end up being the earliest copy of a Christian gospel on record, ...
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How did the phrase “getting to know Jesus” come to be ubiquitous among Evangelicals (i.e. Campus Crusade for Christ)?

How did the phrase "getting to know Jesus" come to be ubiquitous among Evangelicals (i.e. Campus Crusade for Christ)? To them, what is it really supposed to mean? Does it refer to the act of ...
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Is Genesis 18 regarded as a Theophany of the Trinity?

Abraham addresses the three visitors as LORD. Is this understood as a theophany of the Trinity by some Christians? [Genesis 18:1-2 NASB] 1 Now the LORD appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, while ...
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Am I a party to the covenant of atonement? [closed]

Jesus prayed (Jn 17:21) that “they may be one in us as you are in me and I am in you.” (Easier to comprehend if in means in union with.) This is the original sense of at-one-ment. “We also joy in God ...
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Why are Christianity and occultism irreconcilable? [closed]

Occultism, both in subtle and patent forms, is everywhere in our modern societies. A workmate tells you about a ouija seance she attended (and what she saw there, to her surprise), another tells you ...
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What are the major differences between the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Catholic Churches? [duplicate]

Do the priests of the Eastern Catholic Churches attend seminary school before ordination?
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Abraham, Moses and God's names

In Exodus 6:2-3, why does God tell Moses that He is "the LORD" and that He did not make himself known to Abraham as "the LORD", but only as "God Almighty"? In Genesis 12, when God called Abraham to ...
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How do Baptists catechize children?

If Baptists do not believe in the formalized confessional creeds of the church, then how do they catechize children? In the Small Catechism, Martin Luther notes that learning the Creeds is very ...
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What is the Baptist justification for anti-confessionalism?

According to Wikipedia, "Confessionalism, in a religious (and particularly Christian) sense, is a belief in the importance of full and unambiguous assent to the whole of a religious teaching. ...

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