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revised Where did the artistic rendering of Jesus originate?
"Caucasian" to mean "white" is a usage unique to the US (and to an extent Canada). "European" is less ambiguous
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comment Why did Christianity survive at all?
@AffableGeek "By 1453, Christianity was pretty much restricted to parts of Europe north and west of Vienna, ..." Not even close! "the collapse of the Byzantine Empire didn't threaten it, but the expansion of Islam did." Ditto!
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comment Why did Christianity survive at all?
@AffableGeek The collapse of the Byzantine Empire did not really threaten the existence of non-European Christianity.You are overlooking the vast number of Christians that continued to live in the Balkans, North Africa, Asia Minor, the Middle East, the Caucasus, Ethiopia, Central Asia, China, Mongolia and India.
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comment How can Christians reconcile the request to prohibit same-sex marriage and the lawfulness of homosexuality itself?
@Jay You appear to reject this part of your answer when you say "Personally, I'm not really convinced by this argument, but I think it's reasonable." This suggests that you believe the two can't be reconciled (which would be an answer).
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comment How can Christians reconcile the request to prohibit same-sex marriage and the lawfulness of homosexuality itself?
This answer seems to be missing ... an answer. What I take from it is that you can't reconcile being against marriage but not homosexuality in general and that once same-sex marriage is illegal, Christians should take up further causes until ultimately homosexuality itself is illegal. Is that a reasonable interpretation?
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comment What reasons does Christianity give for “Why There Must Be A God?”
Except that the question isn't answered...
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comment When did the Oriental Orthodox Churches start being called 'Orthodox'?
Your answer is hard to understand since there was no Orthodox Christianity to split into Eastern and Oriental churches at the time of the Council of Chalcedon. There was those who accepted (which would become the Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant Churches) and those who rejected (which would become the Oriental Churches). If 'Orthodox' was used in their name by any of the Oriental Churches prior to the 19th century, can you provide evidence?
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accepted When did the Oriental Orthodox Churches start being called 'Orthodox'?
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comment When did the Oriental Orthodox Churches start being called 'Orthodox'?
Thank you for the very comprehensive answer. The implication, then, is that the term Orthodox indeed came from the outside rather than derive from a traditional usage. I have seen "Syriac Orthodox" used in documents from the very early 20th century, but no earlier, which is what prompted the question in the first place. I assumed "Oriental Orthodox" was born of necessity, to distinguish them from the Eastern Orthodox, so it is interesting to see its pre-1950s definition.
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comment What does the bible say about interracial marriages?
@DavidMorton It'd be interesting to know the church of the fellow that she married. There were plenty of Syriac Orthodox in Lebanon and Syriac as well. But if they were both Protestant, there wouldn't have been much of a scandal; the real scandal would have been when the family left the Armenian Church!
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comment What does the bible say about interracial marriages?
@Purmou I think the present-day "discouraging" of marriage with non-Armenians for national reasons is a new one confined to the diaspora. In the past, the issue would have been that marrying outside of the Armenian Church was difficult because members were by definition ... Armenian. There was one exception. Armenians would often marry Syriac Orthodox since both were, under Ottoman-law, legally of the same church and both churches are non-Chalcedonian and in communion. This usually would be accompanied by the Syriac in questions "becoming" an Armenian at the same time.
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comment When did Arabic enter into usage as a liturgical language among Orthodox Christians?
@AffableGeek There is a history of battles over language use in the Armenian Church, for example, so you can not limit bias to just Roman Catholicism. Incidentally, Catholics of the non-Roman tradition use tongues other than Latin as their liturgical language.