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Women appear in ministry functions and even recognized roles in both the Old Testament and New Testament (source). I believe, that the earliest mandate for women in ministry is that given right at the beginning - the command given to co-steward the Earth (in conjunction with men): 26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And ...


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One concept I heard someone mention, primarily in terms of interracial marriages, referred to the Old Testament commands to the nation of Israel after the exodus. They were told not to intermarry with the peoples whose lands they would pass through and/or conquer. A thorough study of the texts would indicate that it was not their race that mattered, but ...


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Neo-Platonism (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neoplatonism_and_Christianity). Augustine was influenced by Neo-Platonism, as well as other Christian writers. I think you will find Neo-Platonism to be more more influential than Platonism. I am not expert in Philosophy enough to provide my own explanation. All I can do is provide some references. From the ...


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Yes - the wikipedia article on sola fide baldly asserts that Augustine is among the "Church Fathers whom Protestant apologists believe taught the doctrine of Sola Fide (although Catholic and Orthodox apologists quote the same fathers as supporting a justification that includes works)." Confusion in this regard, results from differing definitions of sola ...


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No. Well, at least this appears to be Martin Luther's answer Augustine has sometimes erred and is not to be trusted. Although good and holy, he was yet lacking in the true faith, as well as the other fathers...But when the door was opended for me in Paul, so that I understood what justification by faith is, it was all over with Augustine. ...


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The Protestant Confession of Augsburg (1530) in Article 20 cites Augustine as a supporter of the Protestant doctrine of Sola Fide: “Augustine, in many volumes, defends grace and the righteousness of faith, over against the merits of works." It would appear, however, that even today there are different opinions. Augustine, to me at least, appears to have ...


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The doctrinal controversies inherent have been discussed in Does the Bible support slavery and (White) Superiority in the context of American Slavery?, so I will limit myself to actual movements. This question: When did the African-American population become Christian? also talks about the rise of the black church. Perhaps the most famous examples of how ...


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"... are there any Bible passages that deals with discrimination and segregation?" Yes, James 2, https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=James%202&version=NASB Galations 3:28 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Galatians%203&version=NASB There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is [aj]neither male nor ...


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The ecclesiology of Augustine and the ecclesiology of the Reformers were both very much products of the times they lived in: In Augustine's case as well as sourcing a basic understanding on ecclesiology from scripture and tradition, any development of his thinking in this area was greatly influenced by the problems the Church had been facing - especially in ...


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I find your question as stated quite perplexing in view of the references that you give. Your question asks if the elders are necessary for and ordered church, while your references all distinguished them as two separate actions. In order to better understand your question I have done some research into what constitutes an orderly church and what are the ...


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Background: Firstly, the advent of Pentecostalism significntly preceded both the Charismatic Renewal and the rise of the Jesus Movement - the former arose out of the Holiness movements of the late 19th century and really kicked into gear with the Asuza street and Welsh revivals of the early 20th century, while the latter two, although heavily influenced by ...


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You cannot really say that he did not have issues with the early church because Luther struggled with a lot of principles the early church accepted as truth. For example, the importance of works in relation to faith. Luther was unable to understand how they coexisted. Luther felt the books of James, Jude and Revelation were inferior to the rest of the ...


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For the same reasons as the councils before it, the Council of Trent was held to address current heresies and prevent schisms. Councils are held for the unity and benefit of the Church. Specifically, the Council of Trent was organized and held to address the budding Protestant Reformation and was part of a series of events and actions by the Catholic Church ...



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