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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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What is the origin of the Covenant of Grace?

In Covenant Theology the Covenant of Grace refers to an overarching theological covenant which God made on the basis of grace. The various Biblical covenants such as Abraham's, the ...
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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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Does Catholicism confound the role of “elder” and “priest”?

I am somewhat interested in joining the Roman Catholic Church, but there are some things that I've had to further investigate, one of which is the role of "elder" and "priest" in the Roman Catholic ...
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How did the tradition of Mothering Sunday arise?

Mothering Sunday is a tradition that dates back to at least the 16th century. People would visit their "mother church" either a cathedral or large local church and people were often permitted to ...
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How do modalists understand the role of Jesus as mediator?

The Bible calls Jesus our mediator: Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. (Romans 8:34, ESV) For ...
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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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What issues do Catholics representing God in fiction historically face?

I'm currently running a Role-playing game which is nearing its fourth year of play and is coming to a close. The end of the campaign will involve the passing away of this world and the prophesied ...
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How sound are the arguments that Melchizedek invoked a Canaanite deity when he met Abraham?

Melchizedek serves an important theological role in the book of Hebrews. The author of Hebrews interprets Psalm 110 to speak of Jesus' priestly order (Melchizedek), thus resolving the potential ...
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What is Alvin Plantinga's view on divine sovereignty and free will?

The main Wikipedia page on Molinism lists Plantinga as one of its (Molinism's) best known advocates. However, Plantinga, in a speech given at Azusa Pacific University, describes himself as "a ...
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Do Catholics believe that Jesus' time in the wilderness was meant as an allegory?

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of ...
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What is the history and explanation as to why the “diaconate” was MIA in the Western Church over a certain period of time?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church implies that over a certain time in the period in the Western Church, there weren't any deacons. CCC 1571 Since the Second Vatican Council the Latin Church ...
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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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What is the status of Catholics who reject Vatican II? Are they considered heretics?

Are Catholics opposing Vatican II considered heretics (by the Roman Catholic Church)?
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What is the Catholic understanding of “the thousand-year reign of Christ and his people”?

What is the Catholic understanding of the thousand-year reign of Christ and his people? What is the Catholic biblical interpretation and what have the Church Fathers said on the matter?
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Biblical basis or rational for Christian Identity Movement?

After discovering the Christian Identity movement, and investigating them further to answer another question, I've been pondering how they justify their doctrine. On the homepage of Christian ...
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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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How did the Brownists/Calvinists justify capital punishment for witches?

My ancestors were Brownist pilgrims, leading up to the Salem witch trials, my Great-great-great-something-aunt was hung for having a lack of the fear of God in her. The people at the time were no ...
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Why did the Apologists adopt Stoic Philosophy of the λόγος?

The Greek word λόγος is a prevalent concept in the first century Greco-Roman world. It has many meanings like divine principle, reason, word and revelation. All of these views regards the λόγος as ...
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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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Was Jesus' time in the wilderness the only time that He encountered Satan on Earth?

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son 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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Is the Holy Watcher of Daniel 4:23 of a Similar Class to those Found in Scroll of Enoch?

Daniel makes mention of a holy watcher, which is an interesting distinction from the usual references to angels. Is this of a similar class to the watchers found in the scroll of Enoch? Or is this ...
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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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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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Why did Esau despise his birthright?

Genesis 25:29-34 tells the story about Esau selling his birthright because he is hungry and despised it. And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: And Esau said to ...
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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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What is the scriptural basis, if any, for the Catholic teaching that the homosexual tendency is of itself not a sin?

The Catholic Church teaches that the homosexual tendency is not a sin: Although the particular inclination of the homosexual person is not a sin, it is a more or less strong tendency ordered ...
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Do Catholics regard the wine at The Wedding at Cana as “holy” wine or “normal” wine?

Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, and the master ...
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How were the quarter-millennium anniversaries of the resurrection of Jesus commemorated?

I am wondering how the 2034 Easter celebration will look like from the perspective of various Christian churches. I am mostly interested in the Roman Catholics. Since we can only guess, I would like ...
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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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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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What does Liberate 2014/Tullian mean by 'One Way Love'?

My question is prompted by the Liberate 2014 Conference and the concept of One Way Love. There's also a book by a pastor Tullian Tchividjian called "One Way Love". What does Liberate 2014/Tullian ...
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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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Why do we have or worship idols when we can do without them

The Jewish people have been punished severely many times for idolatory. Then why do catholics who worship Jehovah(the father, and the god of the Jews), the son and the Holy spirit find it neccessary ...
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Is Christianity unique in the way it uses the historical method?

How large an amount of the claims of the Bible is defended on the grounds of the historical method? Is Christianity unique in the way it defends it claims. Often I hear people talk about matters of ...
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Do you think God had to become a man(Jesus) to take back the dominion of the Earth that He had given to mankind?

Genesis 1:26: "Then God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over ...
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Can a Roman Catholic (who happens to be Jewish) request to be buried within 24 hours after death?

It is customary for Jewish people to be buried within 24 hours after their death. Can a Catholic (who happens to be Jewish) request to be buried within 24 hours after his/her death? Would this violate ...
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Did the writers of the OT and NT have access to certain bits of literature?

I couldn't help but notice previous questions concerning the appearance of "Three days and three nights" within "Inanna's descent to the netherworld", and I was just wondering whether it is possible ...
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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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Do the angels in Ezekiel 1:10 represent the 4 aspects of creation according to evangelicals?

Ezekiel 1:10 tells of the heavenly creatures with the faces of humans, eagles, lions, and oxen: As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on ...
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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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In Catholic teaching, to what scripture is each of the seven sacraments referenced?

In Catholic teaching, to what scripture (OT and NT) is each of the seven sacraments referenced? The seven sacraments are: Baptism, Confirmation (or Chrismation), the Eucharist, Penance, the ...
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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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Is it wrong to kneel before Cross?

Ok, One of the ten commanments states that, Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image. But if we follow it, should we kneel before the cross' in churches?
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Did God punish David for doing census because the Israelites didn't pay ransom?

http://dwindlinginunbelief.blogspot.com/2010/02/gods-76th-killing-god-kills-couple.html David did census. God got angry and start killing people. A christian said that God actually said so before. ...
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Why couldn't an Ammonite or Moabite enter into the congregation of the Lord?

I was wondering as to why Deuteronomy 23:3-4 prevents bastards, Moabites, and Ammonites from entering the congregation of the Lord when Jesus has connections to Moab through Ruth and the Ammonites ...
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Special Sabbaths and Weekly Sabbaths

My understanding is the Feast of Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread are "back to back"... in other words when one ends the other begins. Is this true? If so... is the first day of the Feast of ...
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Are there any Catholic sources that speak of which event may be identified with “the day of the LORD” in Revelation?

Scripture mentions the coming of "the day of the LORD". Which events in Revelation may we identify with this day of the LORD? Is it the first battle when the beast is destroyed or the second battle ...
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In the Catholic Church, what rules are to be followed when interpreting the Bible?

It is well known that the Catholic Church does not rely solely on Holy Scripture when discussing matters of faith and belief; it adds what is known as Sacred Tradition as well, and the Church ...

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