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The best reference for answering this question, is not surprisingly, from Bruce Metzger. He is probably the foremost textual critic of the 20th Century - a fact that both Dan Wallace and Bart Ehrmann would agree with. The UBS4 is, in large part, his baby. His work: The Canon of the New Testament: Its Origin, Development, and Significance can be found online ...


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Augustine of Hippo is basically universally credited with the coinage of the phrase. It is an idea which can easily be supported by the Bible, but he was the first to say it in a form close to its present proverbial form. He probably didn't think he was coining a cliche, since it was neatly hidden away in a letter to a convent. This blog has a summary of the ...


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It did indeed, though not that exact phrase. It was St. Augustine in his Letter 211 (A.D. 423), in point number 11: ... If she refuse to submit to this, and does not go away from you of her own accord, let her be expelled from your society. For this is not done cruelly but mercifully, to protect very many from perishing through infection of the plague ...


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Prosperity Theology was first formulated within the Pentecostal movement in the 1940s and 1950s, and it continues to be associated with that movement to this day. It is important to make clear that Prosperity Theology is not a central feature of the movement; rather, it is merely a development within the movement, as Pietism was a development within ...


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Covenant theology began during the Reformation. What follows is something I copied from a page on Covenant Theology. The covenant of grace promises eternal life for all people who have faith in Christ. He also promises the Holy Spirit to the elect to give them willingness and ability to believe.[5] Christ is the substitutionary covenantal representative ...



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