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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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Have any ante-Nicene writings been discovered in the past 20 years?

Have an writings or fragments of ante-Nicene Church Fathers previously unknown (that is the actual words were not known, not necessarily that the name of the work was also previously unknown) to ...
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According to Unitarians, to whom does the word הָאָדוֹן refer in Mal. 3:1?

Regarding the word אֲדֹנִי (adoni) in Psa. 110:1 (actually prefixed with -ל, i.e. לַאדֹנִי), translated as "my lord," a self-professed Unitarian website states,1 Trinitarian commentators ...
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What is the difference between classical and revised dispensationalism?

I understand from Wikipedia and elsewhere that dispensationalism can be broken into three main categories: Classical (Scofield, Chafer) Traditional, revised, or normative (Ryrie, Walvoord) ...
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What is the source of the quote attributed to Origen, that “the soul has neither beginning nor end”?

Related answer: Is there any substance to the claim that Origen supported reincarnation? The following quote is widely attributed to Origen in books and on the internet (e.g., here and here): ...
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Did John Wesley reject the Athanasian Creed?

I've seen a few examples online of people claiming that John Wesley objected to the "hell" clauses of the Athanasian Creed, such as on the United Methodist Church website: United Methodists are ...
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Why did the Presbyterian Church of Korea split in 1959?

The number of Presbyterian denominations in Korea is breathtaking: Wikipedia lists dozens of them. From what I can tell, most of these denominations originate in the Presbyterian Church of Korea, ...
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According to Molinism, what is the meaning of a counterfactual of freedom?

If I understand correctly, Molinists consider it important that counterfactuals of freedom ("If person P experienced circumstances C, she would perform action A") are meaningful. In fact, if I ...
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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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Is there a historical reason why the liturgical colour purple eventually replaced black to symbolise penance?

Is there a historical reason why the liturgical colour purple eventually replaced black to symbolise penance? This question does not have its' answer in the difference between the two forms of the ...
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Did John Calvin help Nicolas Cop write his infamous inaugural address?

Early in John Calvin's career, he was involved in a controversy that forced him to flee Paris and live in hiding for a time. Calvin's friend, Nicolas Cop, delivered an address that many considered ...
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How do Catholics in Japan celebrate the Feast of the Discovery of the Hidden Christians?

Most people know that March 17 is the Feast of St Patrick! But in Japan, the faithful celebrate the Feast of the Discovery of the Hidden Christians or Kakure Krishistans. In 1614, all Catholic ...
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What is (or where can I find) a summary of David J Bartholomew's views on God and Chance?

I note that David J. Bartholomew has written extensively on a theological view of chance. What is a brief summary of the views he expresses on this topic in the following works or elsewhere: God of ...
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What is process eschatology?

I'm looking for a concise bullet point breakdown :) And some things specific to Christian Process eschatology. I have lots of books and articles with lots of information but am looking for a small ...
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Is there a recognised soteriology that combines selective election for some and general election for everyone else?

Are there any Christian groups or denominations that hold a belief in selective election to salvation, in that some individuals are specifically and irresistibly called (Noah, Moses, 12 desciples, ...
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Second Coming of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday?

During the Easter Vigil, the Catholic Church will chant (sing) the traditional Easter Proclamation hymn of the Exsultet. The Exsultet expresses the Church's belief that this is the same night in ...
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How do Oneness Pentecostals (and other Unitarian denominations) interpret Revelation 3:21?

New International Version To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. New Living ...
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Do any groups of Quakers still disapprove of the fine arts?

The family of the great painter Benjamin West belonged to a Society of Friends when West was a child, and according to his biography, in that environment his prodigious artistic talents were not ...
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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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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Origin of quote: “If you wish to speak or hear about God, renounce your own body…”

I've been reading Orthodox Dogmatic Theology by Protopresbyter Michael Pomazansky and encountered this quote attributed to St. Basil the Great: If you wish to speak or hear about God, renounce ...
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How is the Feast of the Shipwreck of St Paul celebrated in the domestic church, that is, within the Catholic family in Malta?

The Catholic Archdiocese of Malta celebrates the Feast of the Shipwreck of St Paul on February 10 each year. I would like to know if the domestic church has any traditional ways of celebrating this ...
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Tridentine Latin Mass in Hebrew?

In 1957, Pope Pius XII gave permission to St James Vicariate for Hebrew Speaking Catholics in Israel to celebrate the traditional Tridentine Latin Mass of Pope Pius V in some part in Hebrew. Can ...
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Lutheranism: “Pastor” or “Priest”?

I have noticed that some Lutheran churches refer to their ministers as "priests" while others refer to their ministers as "pastors." When did some Lutheran churches cease using "priest" in favor of "...
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Looking for Nanjing Mandarin Colloquial version (南京官话译本) of the New Testament

The Nanking Mandarin Colloquial Version (南京官话译本) of the entire New Testament (新约全书) was, supposedly, released in 1860~1861. It was translated by Walter Henry Medhurst (麦都思) and Wang Tao (王韬) and ...
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Who coined the phrase “Bema Seat”?

I get that "Bema" is the Greek word translated "judgment seat" in the NT. But how did the term "Bema Seat" come to be used? It's a little redundant, like saying "PIN number", but catchy - I'd just ...
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What theological differences exist between Baptist and Evangelical Free denominations?

What theological differences exist between Baptist churches and the Evangelical Free Church of America? Where Baptist viewpoints might differ, assume American Baptist Churches USA as the specific ...
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Do any christian groups think it is not sinful to commit suicide in order to donate organs? And What justification?

Here is my understanding of Christianity and the Bible's teaching on this question: Suicide is bad. Giving up your life to save someone is good. So, if you commit suicide but at the same time ...
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Byzantine Chant vs. Gregorian Chant: What are the differences in goals as far as attitude and concepts between these two chanting styles

I'm NOT interested here in the difference in musical structure and rules here, per-say, between the Byzantine and Gregorian chanting styles. What I'm more interested in is the difference between them ...
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What are the differences in belief regarding Hesychasm between the Chalcedonian (Eastern) and Non-Chalcedonian (Oriental) Orthodox Churches?

I got into a discussion recently regarding the differences (or lack thereof) between the Oriental and Eastern Orthodox Churches. I'm aware that the Oriental Churches are Miaphysites, while the ...
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What is the biblical basis for the belief that the Lord Jesus Christ does NOT presently possess blood in his incorruptible body?

Some Christians do not believe that the Lord Jesus Christ presently possesses blood in his incorruptible body. What is the biblical basis for such a belief? For example, the Christian Apologetics and ...
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What arguments were made against William Carey's missions efforts?

I am aware that William Carey's efforts to form a missions society and travel overseas as a missionary were opposed by some of his Calvinist (or hyper-Calvinist) Baptist peers. I'm vaguely aware of ...
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How many practicing Canon Lawyers are there in the USA, and the world?

To me, it seems Canon Lawyers are hard to come by. In fact, I've never met one and 19 out of 20 times I see the phrase "canon lawyer" it is usually in the form "I am not one". It seems becoming a ...
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Are there any modern Nestorian or Jacobite systematic theology textbooks?

There exist many modern (say, 20th century or later), English language systematic theology textbooks from a Western Christian perspective. For example, Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma by Ludwig Ott ...
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Where does Augustine say that the rapture of the saved soul will “flow over” into the glorified body?

In The Weight of Glory, C. S. Lewis writes: What would it be to taste at the fountainhead that stream of which even these lower reaches prove so intoxicating? Yet that, I believe, is what lies ...
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Was John Smyth, the earliest Baptist, influenced by the Anabaptists?

John Smyth, according to Bruce Shelley (CHPL, 308) and Wikipedia, was the first of the English Baptists. An Anglican priest, he came to the conclusion that infant baptism was invalid and started a ...
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Do Jehovah's Witnesses maintain 'secret' teachings?

I have heard that within the JW faith, there are additional teachings that converts do not learn until after some time has passed since their inclusion into that group or the convert achieves some ...
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Does Pope Francis recommend giving communion under both kinds to the laity?

I've heard that Pope Francis recommends giving the communion under both species (i.e. the bread and the wine) to the laity, but I can not find proof of this. Is it true and could somebody provide ...
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What is the biblical basis for the belief that destroying a grave or body is an act of desecration?

I was reading an old article published in Christian Today on July 17, 2014, in which Brownie Marie reported that ISIS desecrated the tomb of Jonah, and were burning churches. The only thing I could ...
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Who is permitted to write a canon or an akathist hymn to a Saint in the Eastern Orthodox Church, and how is it done?

I would imagine it would be a wonderful and prayerful experience to dive into the life of a Saint and compose a Church liturgical hymn for him/her. Who is permitted to engage in such activities? ...
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What are the different views of Evangelical denominations about when Jesus became the High Priest?

In the Aaronic Priesthood, priests come and go but Jesus is a priest forever. 23-25 Earlier there were a lot of priests, for they died and had to be replaced. But Jesus’ priesthood is permanent....
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Denominations that interpret Matthew 5:32 & 19:9 as NOT permitting divorce in the case of adultery?

Which denominations interpret these verses as not permitting divorce in the case of adultery, for those in a valid marriage? St. Matthew 5:32But I say to you, whosoever shall dismiss his wife, ...
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Was it culturally acceptable for the sinful woman to enter the Pharisee's house to see Jesus?

This is an odd question I know and I'm not very hopeful I'll find a good answer. But has it ever stricken you odd that in Luke 7, the woman who comes to see Jesus just straight walks into the Pharisee'...
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What is an overview of resurrection events in the New Testament, and how are they related?

I was recently reading the account of Messiah's Passion in the Gospel of Matthew and read over this passage that I did not recall, Matthew 27:52-53 NASB The tombs were opened, and many bodies of ...
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KJV version confusion

Hello I've been confused by the amount of KJV bibles there are. The AKJV means the authorised King James Bible but AKJV also stands for American King James Bible as well. From my understanding the ...
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Does the Catholic Church in Turkey celebrate the Feast of the Chair of St Peter at Antioch?

Prior to the changes to the General Roman Calendar in 1969, Catholics of the Roman Rite celebrated two Feasts of the Chair of St. Peter. The Feast of the Chair of St. Peter at Antioch was celebrated ...
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What is the scriptural basis for the Holy Spirit speaking to you through other people's words?

Sometimes I get the distinct feeling that something that someone has said is working on multiple levels. On the surface level they're talking about whatever makes sense in the context of the ...
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Did John Calvin believe there was no salvation outside the visible church?

What did John Calvin believe about salvation outside of the church? He writes in book IV of the Institutes: But because it is now our intention to discuss the visible church, let us learn even ...
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Who adheres to dual-covenant theology?

Another question has asked about the Biblical basis for dual-covenant theology, but I'm interested in who holds it. Wikipedia indicates that some "liberal" Christians do, but I'm looking for more ...
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What is courting according to the Catholic interpretation of the Natural Law?

The Natural Moral Law is a good way for Christians to understand quite a bit about the nature and purpose of what they're doing and who they are and quite a few of the papal teachings in the last ...
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What views are there about the necessity of Jesus' murder?

In a former question, I was told me that different denominations of Christianity hold many views about if/why it was necessary for Jesus to be murdered instead of dying of old age. I would now like ...

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