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What did Luther consider to be novel in his theology of creation?

In Colin Gunton's The Doctrine of Creation (T&T Clark, 1997), he says: In view of what we have just noted [in the previous section on Thomas Aquinas, Duns Scotus and William of Ockham] about ...
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Why do Latino Christians treat their patron saint's day more importantly than their birthday?

Why do Latino Christians treat their patron saint's day more importantly than their birthday? Would a fifteen-year-old girl's Quinceañera be as important as a birthday or more important than a ...
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Why God will not destroy Satan? [closed]

Why God will not destroy Satan, which is the main perpetrator of sin ? Through him sin and turn away us from him.
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What are Lutheran teachings on salutary effects of communion?

A long time ago, I complained to some LC-MS Lutheran pastors that my own hometown congregation had been full of racists, as evidenced by their comfort in using the "N word" around children. Years ...
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Did church fathers ever deal with “Bible requires brutality” critics?

A recent question here caused some confusion, and increases my curiosity about this topic. Someone asked why people say Christians have disdain for the handicapped. (Apparent) practicing Christians ...
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What Christian groups believe sex was the original sin, and not disobedience?

There is a story in the Bible that Adam and Eve ate the fruit and thus sinned against God. But other religions, including some Christians, describe that they were having intercourse and that's why God ...
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Does Catholic doctrine teach that the Incarnation would have taken place regardless of Adam's decision?

In Catholic doctrine, both Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition teach that Jesus Christ died specifically for the expiation of our sins. Historical Christianity professes that God became a man by way ...
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Was Jesus two separate individuals in one body?

I have always been told, and I thoroughly believe that Jesus was wholly God and wholly man. Since there are multiple occasions in the Bible where pre-incarnate Jesus apparently appeared to people, ...
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Was the Lord with whom Abraham negotiated material or Holistic?

In Genesis chapter 18 Abraham negotiated with one of the three men who came to his tent. Verse 18:20 refers to that individual as 'LORD' , and only two of those are called Angels and go on to Sodom. ...
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Can a gay/lesbian person get to heaven? [duplicate]

Assuming that a gay/lesbian person is genuinely kind, religious, and follows the Ten Commandments. Is it possible for them to go to heaven after death? And when they go to heaven will they still be ...
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Is the desire for a spiritual mother natural to mankind?

I've been answering a few questions on this site raised about the intercessory power of the Blessed Virgin Mary and this question popped into my mind. St. Thomas Aquinas can posit a rational proof ...
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How trained are the elders in the Jehovah's Witness denomination?

Jehovah's Witnesses are known to have no pastors or priests, because having pastors or priests would go against their theology. Instead, they have "elders". From an outsider's perspective, elders ...
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When Did Catholics Cease to Fast as the Orthodox Do?

From what I understand, the Western and Eastern churches fasted identically for a long time: Wednesday and Friday, and the entirety of Lent. Is this untrue? If not, when and why did the Catholics ...
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Were the similarities between the miracles of Elisha and Jesus deliberate or simply coincidental?

I have often wondered if God deliberately intended for the miracles of Elisha to be a preview of the miracles our Savior would perform, as a way of verification of Jesus Deity. Elisha brought the ...
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How do Jehovah's Witness view divorce?

My husband is a disfellowshipped Jehovah's Witness and he has filed for a divorce. What is the Jehovah's Witness belief about divorce and the responsibility of the husband to a non JW wife?
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What is the English monarch's current relationship to the Church of England?

I was recently on a tour in London, where one of the tourists asked the guide whether the Queen is still the head of the Church of England, to which the guide replied “Yes.” However, Wikipedia claims ...
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What evidence do we have that Blind Bartimaeus approached Jesus naked?

In Mark 10:46-52, we have the story of Blind Bartimaeus Receives His Sight So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to ...
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Is it Proper to State that Chalcedonianism is a Moderate Position In-between Nestorianism and Monophysitism?

I am reading the book The First Seven Ecumenical Councils by Leo Donald Davis. This is my first introduction to Trinitarian and Christological disputes within the Early Church. It appears to me: ...
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Why do many churches use grape juice in communion?

Some Baptists and many other evangelicals use grape juice in communion. Is this explained on any catechism (or systematic theology available online) ? Does the reason for not using wine have to do ...
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Were the sins of the Israelites forgiven with the animal sacrifices or simply held in abeyance until Jesus death on the cross?

While studying Matthew; I came to: Mat 27:52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, So that began a search for more definitive scriptures and only came up ...
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Do holy relics lose power over time?

Do holy relics lose power over time? It seems as if holy relics account for fewer miracles than in times past. The handkerchiefs of Paul had incredible power to heal (Acts 19: 12). Today one seldom ...
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Could you add in romans.8:1 “made righteous” either just before “in Christ” or after “in Christ”? [closed]

Could you add in romans.8:1 "made righteous" either just before "in Christ" or after "in Christ" and if it is doctrinally heresy, then why? I mean that how do you get to be "in Christ" if you are not ...
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In Romans 8:1, what does “in Christ” mean? [closed]

What "are in christ" means in romans.8:1? How do I get to be in Christ so that I would have no condemnation?
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Does Satan still masquerade as a angel of light among Christians?

I was reading in 2 Corinthians 11: 13-15, For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of ...
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Why were scientific questions such a threat to Roman Catholic leaders that their proponents were threatened to be burnt at the stake?

Truth-seekers on a mission of scientific inquiry who turned out to be right were threatened to be burnt to the stake by Roman Catholic leaders in Medieval Europe. Why should a difference in opinion ...
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How do practicing Catholics keep track of all the sins they commit before going to Confession?

How do practicing Catholics keep track of all the sins they commit before going to Confession? Do they have to confess all of them or as many as they can remember? Is contrition the sign of having ...
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How do churches (specifically WELS) proselytize while barring all forms of fellowship?

So my question is about churches (or more specifically the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Church) which bar all forms of fellowship (to include prayer) unless all points of doctrine are agreed upon. ...
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Original number of angels and fallen angels [closed]

How many angels left with Lucifer when God banished them from heaven?
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Which denomination allows homosexuality and why?

Which denomination allows homosexuality and what Biblical support do they have to accept homosexuals in the church?
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Did God create man to worship and praise Him?

I heard it many times from some Christians and even preachers that God created us to worship and praise Him. I think this idea came from the fact that Psalms contain many phrases like "Praise the ...
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Did God create man to replace the fallen Angels? [closed]

As near as I can determine from Scripture; Creation and ejection of the rebellious angels, both happened at about the same period. That led me to begin to wonder, since it seems logical to me that ...
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Does the Lutheran view of pope as AntiChrist stem from doctrine of justification?

I've heard popular retellings of the Lutheran view of pope as Antichrist that range from: a delusion that Pope Leo X was the incarnate figure of prophecy, to a slur (like calling George Washington a ...
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Do any denominations object to writing/ saying “the god” instead of “God”?

For example, the King James Version translates Gen. 1:1 as, In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. If I translate it as, In the beginning, the god created the heavens and ...
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Why did Pope Francis say, “When we encounter the Cross, do we turn to Mary,” rather than to Christ?

When we encounter the Cross, we turn to Mary: Give us the strength, Mary our Mother, to accept and embrace the Cross! —His Holiness Pope Francis Source Can anyone explain, according to ...
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What is the difference between an “issue of covenant” and an “abomination to God”?

When looking at Old Testament Mosaic law, I'm confused as to what applies to Christians and what does not. In an answer to a previous question that I asked, it was said that a certain law did "not ...
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Is God still in the process of creation?

In view of John 5:17; Joh_5:17 But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. And the fact that Hubble shows us that new stars, etc. are forming in the Cosmos, it would appear ...
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What is the way of Cain, the error of Balaam and the gainsaying of Core (Korah)?

Jude 1:11 (KJV): Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. Jude 1:11 (NIV): Woe to ...
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What is the history behind Angelus prayer?

In Roman Catholicism the faithfuls are supposed to say Angelus prayer thrice a day and at designated time of the day. When and how saying of Angelus came into being and what is the history behind it?
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At what age and how do young Catholics know or be notified that they have committed a mortal sin or a venial sin?

At what age and how do young Catholics know or be notified that they have committed a mortal sin or a venial sin? Basically, do they tell the priest at Confession that they have committed a mortal sin ...
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Eating of unclean meat [duplicate]

I have never read in the bible whether eating of unclean meat as described in the Old Testament where it is allowed to eat "unclean meat" or unclean meat is now clean meat. Except for one vision from ...
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Did God create Earth as a temporary place of confinement for Lucifer and his Angels? [closed]

I have often wondered if Earth was created not for man, but as a place of temporary confinement for Satan and his demons. That idea was provoked by, Luk 10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan ...
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Any instructions given by contemporary prominent preachers on how to receive the gift of tongues?

Is there any method/instruction given by prominent preachers recently on how to receive the gift of tongues? Some specific way of prayer, some specific steps to follow, what kind of attitude is ...
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Any instructions given by the church fathers on how to receive the gift of tongues?

1 Corinthians 14:39 (NIV) Therefore, my brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. In the early church, the gift of tongues was a common gift which ...
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How to receive the gift of tongues according to the New Testament? [closed]

1 Corinthians 14:39 (NIV) Therefore, my brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. In the early church, the gift of tongues was a common gift which ...
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What prophesies are people alluding to when they say “look at the Middle East”?

I don't know where the Bible prophesies about the Middle East, and much less do I know if they're coming true in our day. I've heard people witnessing to others by saying "look at the Middle East", ...
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Where in the Bible does it mention that God mourns with us when we mourn?

Where in the Bible does it mention that God mourns with us when we mourn? I have heard this from the philosopher Peter Kreeft, and some others as well. I would like to be pointed to the biblical ...
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Who says, “If you are going to Heaven, you will know it”?

I heard from some preachers(not prominent) that assurance of going to Heaven is a self-consciousness. You yourself will have the evident, proof or confident that you are indeed going to heaven. If you ...
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What are Presbyters in Presbyterian groups supposed to be?

Are Presbyters in Presbyterian groups the same thing St. Luke calls Presbyters in Acts 11:30, which seems to be more like a congregation of elders or what St. Peter calls a Presbyter in 1 Peter 5, ...
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Is there any Method in Methodism that people practice?

I was going to ask, "Why are Methodists called Methodists", but that's pretty easily googleable. Apparently it's the same reason the Sioux aren't called Lakota. But, in the days since the "Holy ...
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How does our work on this earth transfer into the new earth when God returns?

I recently read Every Good Endeavor by Tim Keller and also Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright. Both are amazing books, focused on the resurrection theology that God will raise up a new heaven and a new ...

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