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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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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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Comparing Leslie Weatherhead's views on the 'Will of God' and current Baptist Union of Great Britain thought on the same subject

I am reading Leslie Weatherhead's collection of sermons on 'The Will of God' from a book of the same title (ISBN: 9 780687 074822 published by Abingdon Press). He looks at God's will in three ways ...
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Who if any Evangelicals still believe (as Jonathan Edwards did) that Adam was created with “a perfect knowledge of God” and everything else?

I was just reading a little bit of a book by Jonathan Edwards called "A Preservative Against Socinianism" published in 1698. On page 16 Edwards says something that elicits my question: For tho ...
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What is the difference between Nestorianism and Pelagianism in terms of their Christology?

Both Nestorius and Pelagius believed in a composite subject Christology that the person of Christ is a divine-humane person, the Logos and His tabernacle. Their Christology were condemned at Ephesus ...
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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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What is the source of the story about the melted gold in the destroyed temple in 70 AD

In Matthew 24:2, Mark 13:2 and Luke 21:6, Jesus seems to indicate that in the coming temple destruction, "not one stone will be left upon another". And, indeed, this seems to be the case from the ...
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How well supported is the interpretation of Genesis 18 by Rublev's Icon of the Holy Trinity?

This was produced in the 15th century by Andrei Rublev's icon of the Trinity, a highly regarded Russian orthodox artist: It interprets the three men of Genesis 18 as being physical visitations of ...
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Imposition of Ashes - where is it (and where it isn't) commonly practiced?

Since I have learnt of this practice, I thought that placing ashes on Ash Wednesday is practiced worldwide, at least within Roman Catholic Church. But now I have been on a Mass (from first Lent ...
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Did the early church record other events of handing people over to Satan?

Did the early church record other events of handing people over to Satan? "So when you are assembled and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present, hand this man over to ...
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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's Moses up to nowadays?

I'm teaching tomorrow on the general judgment and need an answer about folks in heaven. I know Mary and Jesus are there body and soul. I think (although my teachers manual doesn't mention it in this ...
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What is the Difference Between ROCOR-MP and ROCOR-A (ROCA)

What differentiates the various synods within the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia aka ROCOR? I met someone who stated that their particular synod was in communion with ROCOR-A (ROCA), but ...
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How does current Church of England polity compare with Richard Hooker's teaching?

Richard Hooker's Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity (1593) is a foundational document for the theology and ecclesiology of the Church of England. In it, he defends (among other things) the Anglican ...
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Crucificion, cross, and a spider

I have a memory from childhood being told not to kill spiders as there was one on the Cross when Jesus was crucified. I cannot find any source in folklore (I doubt if it is anything else) and wonder ...
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Is there a Catholic list of Old Testament sacraments?

Augustine said that there are fewer sacraments in the New Covenant than there were in the Old: Thus the sacraments of the Old Testament, which were celebrated in obedience to the law, were types ...
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Were Luther and Calvin Aphthartodocetists?

Julian of Halicarnassus (d. 527) was condemned at a council in Constantinople in 536. In denying a distinction between ousia (common essence) and physis (particular nature), Julian was faced with the ...
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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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Was adelphopoiesis a plural rite?

Was the rite of "brother-making" exclusive to two individuals, or could a man make more than one other man his brother? Is there any part of the rite that requires you to be nonunited previously? ...
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Where is the story that James (the 'brother') shared one-half of his inheritance with Jesus?

The story is, I believe, apocryphal; but the "brothers of Jesus, sons of Joseph" rejected sharing their inheritance with Jesus and James, a follower of Jesus and leader of the early church (per Acts), ...
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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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Which Reformation theologians used the analogy of water and ink for sin?

On page 98 of Miroslav Volf's Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving, he says: But even if all of us are sinners from head to toe, none of us is a sinner through and through, with nothing good ...
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When did the Community of Christ (formerly RLDS) adopt the doctrine of the Trinity?

The Community of Christ–formerly known as the Reformed Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (RLDS)–is a schism of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). They separated from the ...
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What influence does pietism have on modern-day Lutheranisms?

This topic is an expansion of a question on the English Stack Exchange. What influence does pietism have on modern-day Lutheranisms? Although I am aware that pietism has contributed positively ...
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Does the Eastern Orthodox Church believe in Aerial Toll Houses?

In the Oration, St. Gregory of Nazianzus talked about “last baptism,” the baptism of eschatological fire, longer lasting and more painful than one’s penance for sins (Or. 39.19). Some Protestants have ...
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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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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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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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Why are the Ammonites excluded instead of the Midianites in Nehemiah 13?

Now Balak son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites, and Moab was terrified because there were so many people. Indeed, Moab was filled with dread because of the Israelites. ...
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Which Orthodox churches are on the New Calendar, and which are on the Old Calendar?

I'm trying to determine whether or not a majority of Orthodox are on the Old or on the New Calendar. I don't need numbers for this question, but I do need names. I will calculate the numbers and ...
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Do Messianic Jews practice the jubliee?

There is a a range of opinion of different denominations on how far Mosaic law should be practiced. Messianic Judaism stands very much at the "one law" end of the scale. However, I am wondering how ...
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Does the Eastern orthodox church prohibit Christian meditation?

There is already a question on whether or not yoga and other non-Christian meditative practices are permissible according to the Eastern Orthodox Church, however I was wondering if all forms of ...
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What is the weight of authority behind a teaching of the Papal Magisterium?

In World Over - 2013-12-12 | EWTN - video start at 20:15/55:51 - Cardinal Raymond Burke, the Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, says, referencing the Pope Francis himself, that the Apostolic ...
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What was the main reason for excluding 35 latest names from the list of recognized saints by ROC?

What was the main reason for excluding 35 latest names from the list of recognized saints by the Synodal Commission of Russian Orthodox Church on Canonization? Source: ...
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Was Martin Luther a Rosicrucian?

The rose together with the cross is the sign of the Rosicrucian Order as seen below: The cross symbolizes Christianity and the rose often symbolizes secrecy (Sub Rosa). Martin Luther's seal is also ...
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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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How does the Orthodox Church view the Roman Catholic Church?

How does the Orthodox Church view the Roman Catholic Church? Specifically Does she consider RCC herectical? In what matters? Does she consider RCC priesthood and sacraments as valid? Does she allow ...
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What is meant by “order” in reference to ministries within the Church, and how did its usage come about?

This FMS' answer to What are the positions relative to each other in the Catholic church's clerical hierarchy? mentioned a twofold hierarchy in the Church, that of order and that of jurisdiction. ...
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What is the Catholic understanding and explanation regarding Num 11:25?

In Num 11:25, [The] LORD ... took some of the spirit that was upon him and put it upon the seventy elders[.] From my understanding of Catholic philosophy, a spirit is a simple substance that ...
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Most Popular Bible Language

In which language is the Bible most read? In a recent discussion, we surmised that the most read language translation of the Bible would be English. I am hoping to have a more definitive answer than ...
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What exegesis do Lutherans perform to explain the basis for their theology of “Two Kinds of Righteousness”?

For background on the "Two Kinds of Righteousness" theology, see: Concordia Journal April 2007 Volume 33, Number 2, pp. 116 ...
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Was Emperor St. Justinian an Aphthartodocetist?

Ss. Eutychius of Constantinople and Anastasius of Antioch were deposed and exiled because they openly opposed Emperor St. Justinian's edict in 564 on Aphthartodocetism. On the Hagiography of Eutychius ...
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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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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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According to the Catholic Church in her recent pronouncements, what is the order of truths to which the believer adheres?

This @PeterTurner's answer to What is the difference between a dogma, a doctrine, an infallible statement, an ex cathedra statement, etc.? opined There are a few levels of Magisterial Teaching. ...
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Where can I find a thorough Catholic examination of the book of Ecclesiastes

I'm looking for an authoritative interpretation of Ecclesiastes but all of the priests I feel comfortable talking to about this with the necessary length have come down with incurable degenerative ...
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What is the Anointing that may be done after Mass?

February 11 is the Optional Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes in the Church's Liturgical Calendar. My understanding is that today after Mass there was an Anointing. What is this Anointing, what is it ...
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What, if any, according to the Church Fathers, is the significance of Egypt in God's plan of salvation?

From the Old Testament through the new, Egypt features prominently and there appears to be some significance or deeper meaning to this prominence. For instance Abraham, Joseph, and even at one time ...
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Ecumenical Charismatic Catholics as compared to traditional Catholicism

I am asking someone who is a Catholic to explain the main differences between the beliefs of Ecumenical Charismatic Catholics and traditional Catholicism. I have done some research and found that some ...
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What are “Coadjutor” and “Auxiliary” Bishops in relation to a Bishop of a diocese?

In the prayer book A Simple Prayer Book, the prayer for the Bishop in Eucharistic Prayer I (The Roman Canon) is asterisked as follows: [...] together with your servant N. our Pope and N. our ...

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