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Aug
8
comment Have any popes explicitly expressed disapproval of the inclusion of homosexual priests, including the nonpracticing, into the priesthood?
Thanks for the reference. Very interesting data!
Aug
8
comment Have any popes explicitly expressed disapproval of the inclusion of homosexual priests, including the nonpracticing, into the priesthood?
Could you perhaps link to the LA Times poll you mention? Not that it would change the answer to your question, but I'm just curious to see some of the specifics of the poll.
Aug
7
comment What do non-trinitarians mean when they call Jesus the “Son of God”?
I would say the quote is inaccurate. "Son of God" is distinct from the doctrine of the Trinity. Christians have always agreed that Jesus is the Son of God (a title he used himself in the Gospels). They have not always agreed in the doctrine of the Trinity. And even Trinitarians generally recognize the two as distinct aspects of Jesus.
Aug
7
comment What prominent Christian thinkers (if any) held to polygenism and if so how did these thinkers view original sin?
"Prominent Christian thinkers" is not a valid scope. Your prominence may be my obscurity.
Aug
6
comment Why do Christians in India eat meat in church?
"Killing animals in the church would probably not be done by most Christians." -- I expect this isn't entirely accurate. In many cultures, church buildings (if such a luxury even exists) are multi-purpose buildings, and using the same building for butchering animals as well as worship service is probably common in some places.
Aug
6
comment Why do Christians in India eat meat in church?
@MattGutting: If you have church in your home or other private property, and you live on a farm where you raise chickens for food, then you're naturally going to kill chickens and eat them "in church." Just because butchering animals in a western church building may seem "sacrilegious" should not in any way suggest that it should be seen that way in other cultures.
Aug
4
comment Why is Mary Magdalene the patron saint of hairdressers?
@Geremia: If someone is commonly accepted as a patron saint, there should be a common reason. That ought to be authoritative enough, and far more authoritative than someone's "probably" opinion.
Jul
30
comment Reasons Behind The Worship of Christ
@fredsbend: So that's specifically a Catholic "legal" definition. Interesting. I don't think I would hold to that definition in general discussion, but it is certainly relevant to this particular question.
Jul
30
comment Reasons Behind The Worship of Christ
@fredsbend: I've never seen/heard/read a definition of "heresy" that depends on the heretic's understanding that their view is (considered) heresy. That seems pretty counter-intuitive. Do you have a source?
Jul
29
comment Have any Christian thinkers expressed the idea that the trinity can be proven independently from Scripture?
This question strikes me as a combination of too-broad, unclear what you're asking, and off-topic (the part about Trinitarian beliefs by non-Christians). Philosophy is also off-topic here. Perhaps you can find some way to focus the question on something specifically Christian?
Jul
20
comment What countries today have severe restrictions against Christianity as state policy?
Cuba has some restrictions, but they've largely been lifted in the last decade or two.
Jun
30
comment What is consumerism and what does the Pope see wrong with it?
@fredsbend: I suspect the answer to "What is consumerism" would render the question "What does the Pope see wrong with it?" obsolete. If not, it shouldn't be difficult for the OP to express their confusion.
Jun
25
comment How do Christians reconcile archeology with the Bible in the account of the Battle of Jericho?
Thanks for the thorough answer, covering various perspectives. I think my question was probably "too broad" as I worded it (and I would normally VtC as such), but your answer proves that it's reasonable to answer just the same. Thanks a lot!
Jun
23
comment Could a lowborn during the middle ages read the bible?
@MattGutting: The permission aspect, within the context of the church, may be on-topic here. Access is more a question of literacy, and the availability of written materials, which is more historical, IMO.
Jun
23
comment Could a lowborn during the middle ages read the bible?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is not about Christianity, but rather about historical literacy. History.SE would be a better place to ask.
Jun
22
comment What is consumerism and what does the Pope see wrong with it?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it can be answered by a dictionary or encyclopedia.
Jun
22
comment Which, if any, Protestant bodies affirm punishment in the afterlife for the unrighteous prior to the general resurrection and the Day of the Lord?
Your title seems like a reasonable question, but then you ask 4 more distinct questions in your closing paragraph, which don't fit at all into the "Do any denominations believe this?" format. What do you actually want us to answer?
Jun
22
comment Born of water and of the Spirit
Are you simply asking where were each of the disciples baptized?
Jun
15
comment What religious beliefs did the Galatians hold when Paul first preached the gospel to them?
"Pagan" has multiple meanings. Traditionally, it means certain forms of polytheistic spirit worship. Now days it often means "anyone who's not part of a major religion." Which sense are you asking about?
Jun
15
comment Does Catholicism have a notion of “the God in me”?
Catholics certainly believe in the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, in some sense or another.