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Dec
14
comment Does the Eastern orthodox church prohibit Christian meditation?
Part of me wants to answer, and another part of me wants to say - you should talk to your priest. I think your personal motivation has as much to do with the answer as what form and whether you should do it. But as a blanket answer: no, it is not prohibited, but it is not always beneficial.
Nov
12
comment What is the history of the doctrine of inerrancy?
A good answer to this question must address the arguments made by Rogers & McKim, whether for or against.
Oct
1
comment Adam and Eve did not get married
The anachronisms are blinding.
Sep
29
comment What is the difference between the Eastern Orthodox doctrine of deification and the little god doctrine of the Word of Faith movement?
Not even remotely similar. It would take a book to explain the underlying differences between the assumptions inherent in Eastern vs. Western Christianity (I gave it a shot once). The main difference in my mind is that WoF = we become gods with creative power, often the power of spoken words. In Orthodoxy we become God, i.e. partakers of the One Divine Nature, and only He has all power and authority. I'll try to answer if I find time.
Sep
26
comment Was Catholicism the first denomination?
And after a few hundred years of the Muslims killing Orthodox Christians (and they still are), Communists joined in the fun! (please note my sarcasm). +1 good summary
Aug
29
comment How does scholars' denial of the possibility of NT autographs affect the Christian doctrines of biblical inerrancy and infallibility?
@JimThio he didn't write with lead on the same kind of paper we use today, and erasers didn't exist. Anachronism....
Aug
12
comment Why does Jesus say this about disciples forgiving others their sins?
I'd prefer to not see this transferred to BH.SE, because the OP's concern seems to be practical, not textual. I.e. the OP is looking for prescription, not description. I think the OP appears to understand what is described in this text just fine, s/he is struggling with what this means for Christians today, which is off topic at BH.SE. However, if the OP simply wants to attempt to understand the text in its original context (devoid of modern practice/application), then by all means ask at BH.SE.
Aug
1
comment Should those who fall away and return to the church be baptized again?
Is this a 'list' question (which denominations do this and why)? Or is it ok to respond from any perspective and give only one perspective?
Jul
31
comment Did Jesus teach the Trinity?
Considering that the concept of Trinity didn't exist until hundreds of years after Jesus' death, it's quite an anachronistic question. However, you could ask whether Jesus taught anything that supports or goes against the later doctrine of the Trinity.
Jul
31
comment Did Jonah die and raise from the dead?
@fredsbend this would need to be edited to remove the Matthew passage before migrating it, i.e. stick to the Hebrew Bible text on its own terms without reading a later text into it. And it would need to refocus on the intended meaning of the author of the text rather than the truthfulness of the account itself (BH.SE "can't handle the truth" either).
Jul
28
comment Who was the first major Christian figure to popularize a figurative interpretation of Genesis?
@LCIII that's fair - unfortunately I'm short on time. For now, check out Origen's De Principiis (Book IV), 16 and Augustine's commentary on Genesis (then again, he also defended a young earth); a good answer would have to deal with what 'literal' vs. 'figurative' meant in the 3rd-5th century as it's quite different from its contemporary meaning in English.
Jul
28
comment Who was the first major Christian figure to popularize a figurative interpretation of Genesis?
Pretty much everyone in the early Church viewed Genesis as a figurative account (by today's interpretation of the word 'figurative' - they would have actually considered themselves to have been interpreting it 'literally').
Jul
14
comment Do Eastern Orthodoxy or Roman Catholicism say anything about the Lutheran idea of the communication of attributes?
@Mr.Bultitude I am coming off of an 80-hr work week, and this week promises to be similar unfortunately. Thank you for the reminder, I will try to get to this before the Fall semester starts.
Jul
7
comment Does Abraham's Bosom (Hades/Paradise) still exist?
You may also wish to check out Why is Hadēs translated as “hell”? and Is the Valley of Hinnom adequately translated as hell? on BH.SE.
Jul
1
comment How do Catholics and Eastern Orthodox justify their clergy praying with those big hats on their heads?
@bruisedreed ok 10-4
Jul
1
comment How do Catholics and Eastern Orthodox justify their clergy praying with those big hats on their heads?
Would a question be closed as too broad if it asked for a Protestant and Roman Catholic perspective? Probably (unless asking for a comparison of a specific doctrine/practice). Why is it often OK to lump Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy together? I believe these are separate questions, and someone who can answer for one perspective may not be able to for the other. Just my two cents....
Jul
1
comment According to Catholicism, in what cases is Purgatory necessary?
As one example, check out What happens with a soul after one's death according to Eastern Orthodox doctrine?.
Jul
1
comment According to Catholicism, in what cases is Purgatory necessary?
This is too broad to ask for both Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy in one question, and beliefs on the afterlife in Orthodoxy have already been asked about elsewhere several times. I edited this to remove the request about Orthodoxy.
Jun
25
comment Binding of Satan — for amillennialists
I've always found this view to be fascinating, not least because of how unique it is in ecclesiastical history.
Jun
24
comment Why is the funeral/burial several days after death?
it is also customary for Christians to have 'wakes' where viewing is held, often the day prior to the funeral. For someone notable or very young, there may even be a wake, memorial, funeral, and burial services.