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Apr
26
comment Does the Holy Spirit's procession from the Father and Son infringe on the co-equality of the Trinity?
But at this point in history, Roman Catholics have acknowledged this and clarified how they intend the Filioque to be interpreted today.
Apr
26
comment Does the Holy Spirit's procession from the Father and Son infringe on the co-equality of the Trinity?
That's correct, @AthanasiusOfAlex -- a big part of this is the loss of distinction when translating to Latin. However, even some Latin theologians initially objected. Another term could have been used to emphasize the monarchy of the Father and his being the sole source of procession.
Apr
25
comment Impediments to a baptized, widowed Catholic marrying his unbaptized, 15-year-old sister-in-law?
My close reason is that this individual needs to talk to a priest about this, not random people on the Internet.
Apr
25
comment Digital versions of Greek Bibles
What good reference works on Biblical studies are available (freely) online? Check out 'Texts'.
Apr
25
comment Why does my 130 yr old KJV bible include 14 books that are not found in the modern KJV bible?
If OP didn't know the word "Apocrypha", I'd be more inclined to cut some slack, but in this case it's clear the OP didn't even bother Googling the term nor even reading the Wikipedia article on Apocrypha. I see an argument for this being too broad, but will leave that to the community to decide.
Apr
19
comment Is there any evidence in the Roman catacombs that the Early Church had a devotion to the Virgin Mary?
Is there any reason why you only wish to accept Roman catacombs as evidence, or are you interested in any sources from early Christianity?
Apr
19
comment Did the Church Fathers advocate celibacy?
I don't have time to answer right now, but this lecture will be very helpful in summarizing the historical context needed to answer this question. It's much more than a spiritual calling. In the ancient world, sex and death go together in the same circle of life.
Apr
17
comment Is the Old Testament and levitical law valid?
This sort of question is not on topic here. You may wish to ask on Christianity and the question can be migrated if you'd like it to be.
Apr
16
comment Without Hell, from what does Jesus save?
As Ryan noted earlier, it's important to define hell. The Western concept of hell is a much later concept and is foreign to early Christians. See this post on BH.SE about ᾅδης (shameless self-link) for a small example of some of the difficulties here, not to mention γέεννα (and don't forget Τάρταρος). Also, can't help but plug this post about liberal vs. conservative labels being unhelpful.
Apr
16
comment When did we begin to exist?
Note that the notion of the pre-existence of souls comes from Platonism and predates Christianity, and this belief was declared heretical in early Christianity.
Apr
16
comment Was Jesus finite or infinite? (human or God?)
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it took several hundred years plus four Church councils to address this very questions and Christians still don't agree on it (e.g., Oriental Orthodox Christians reject the decisions made at the Council of Chalcedon).
Mar
17
comment Did John Calvin believe there was no salvation outside the visible church?
Most of the reformers believed that, as well as most Christians through history. It's only very recently that salvation has become individualistic rather than corporal, as though Noah were saved without needing to be in the ark.
Mar
5
comment What does “scripture” mean in NT writing?
Haha @Susan I won't lie, I don't put my most scholarly foot forward here ... this is an oversimplification. There are numerous extrabiblical and apocryphal works cited as authoritative, as well as additional citations that don't have a direct correspondence to their source (or in some cases are misattributed). The important part is that "writings" rarely includes New Testament texts except in one notable location pointed out above.
Feb
1
comment How does the Catholic Church interpret “you are gods” in John 10:34?
God became man so that man might become God.
Jan
18
comment Who was the first to reject the historicity of Adam?
I'd argue that in the original context it was written no one would have taken in this literal sense. So the better question would be who were the first ones who actually believed in a literal Adam? But this will require a level of ancient historical perspective I suspect won't be found here.
Jan
13
comment Do Western Christians confuse Mysticism with Emotionalism?
In retrospect, this question is indeed way too broad.
Dec
4
comment How do Bible scholars reconcile the differences between Greek and Aramaic in John 21:15-17?
@DickHarfield that's a possibility. I'm pretty sure we have questions about the interpretation of this passage already that may cover this ground, so it may be a duplicate. I'm not sure, though. I'm on my phone so it's not easy to check.
Dec
4
comment How do Bible scholars reconcile the differences between Greek and Aramaic in John 21:15-17?
It's an interesting question, but it probably needs to specify some parameters to narrow possible answers so that it doesn't receive pure opinion/speculation nor require answers to write a book about the pertinent background information.
Dec
4
comment How do Bible scholars reconcile the differences between Greek and Aramaic in John 21:15-17?
Assumptions abound here. Rhetorical questions follow. Did Jesus actually speak Aramaic or Mishnaic Hebrew? If the former, what source do you have for saying there are not multiple words which may fit this context in this period of the language? Maybe he spoke both, in which case additional options become available. Is it likely this conversation actually happened historically or does it serve some greater narrative purpose in John's gospel? So much speculation being asked for and assumed....
Dec
3
comment In which year was Christ born?
The other problem is that that census (and leader who supposedly ordered it) don't quite line up with historical records for that time frame....