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To avoid what is known as 'circular argument', any sources on Historical Reliability of the New Testament must be extra-biblical and independent of the New Testament. Since it is impossible to prove that Mary was a virgin, but also the pagans and Jews of the middle of the first century did not go around saying things like "Mary was not a virgin", and since ...


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"He thinks it does not, preferring to say that the Church formally recognized what everybody already knew." "to what extent "the Church" is present here as a single entity." -It seems like Calvin is assuming the Church consisted of a group of people who mostly agreed with each other instead of the hodgepodge that existed in the first few centuries. ...


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To answer your main question: The Council of Laodicea, being a regional council, would only have been binding on the Faithful living in the region (specifically, on areas that were represented by their bishops). Being only a regional, and not an ecumenical council, it is not binding on all the Faithful. For your question about scripture, the answer is a ...



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