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Apr
14
comment According to church fathers, was Cleopas the Brother of Joseph?
Who are "Church fathers"?
Apr
14
comment Do laws and policies restrict religious freedom in Saudi Arabia?
How is this a question about Christianity? It seems to be a question about Saudi Arabia's laws.
Apr
11
comment Origin of quote: “If you wish to speak or hear about God, renounce your own body…”
Cool, thanks for the clarification. :)
Apr
11
comment Origin of quote: “If you wish to speak or hear about God, renounce your own body…”
Are you asking for the origin of this quote, or of this concept?
Apr
11
comment Intelligent design - Creationism by a different name?
I think this question is Primarily Opinion Based, as the answer to this question comes down to "According to whom?" Some say ID is Creationism re-branded, some say it isn't.
Apr
11
comment Heart, Mind, Soul and Spirit
I am voting to close, because there are too many opinions, even within Christianity, for how the heart, mind, soul, spirit, body, etc, are defined and interact with each other. If you can narrow the question to a specific denomination/theological framework, I think it would be a good question.
Apr
10
comment Were the names Matthew, Mark, Luke and John common in the time of Jesus?
See also this post, which addresses the general topic of names, not specifically of the four gospel authors.
Apr
9
comment What does Satan look like?
I think this needs a doctrinal scope to be on-topic. Most Christian groups would say that Satan doesn't have a physical form, therefore doesn't have an appearance.
Apr
8
comment As a Christian but not a Catholic, can I confess to a Catholic priest?
We can answer whether the Catholic church would permit you to confess to a Catholic priest. Answering what you should do is an entirely different matter. The best we can suggest in personal and spiritual matters is to seek the council of a trusted pastor, or other trusted advisor.
Apr
5
comment What are the theological reasons some Protestants are Zionists?
@Geremia: I think your last ¶ is quite related, but makes the question more broad, as the answers to the questions there may not all tie to the answer to your primary question. Perhaps narrowing to a specific group of Christian Zionists, and asking how they answer those questions would be sufficient? I'm not an expert in this area, to really know how the topic ought to be split apart, honestly.
Apr
5
comment What are the theological reasons some Protestants are Zionists?
If your question gets closed (as seems likely--4 close votes now), I'd encourage focusing it a bit, perhaps identifying a group of Christians who are Zionists (I provided one such possibility in my comment above), and how they interpret scripture to support that view. Having said that, I have not voted to close this question, I think it's specific enough to warrant a general answer.
Apr
5
comment What are the theological reasons some Protestants are Zionists?
Zionism among US Christians is typically common among Dispensationalists, who believe that the literal city of Jerusalem, and the literal nation of Israel, are meant to play a part in the End Times described in Revelation and other apocalyptic literature.
Apr
5
comment Which Christian traditions value the Gospels more than the Epistles?
I think most Christians, and Christian denominations put more weight, at least of a sort, on the Gospels, than they do on the Epistles. A general approach is that the Gospels tell the story of Jesus' life, and the Epistles expound on that story, explaining the practical implication. As such, one cannot really read the Epistles (in their entirety, anyway), without reading the Gospels, too. Perhaps it would be beneficial to be a bit more specific what you mean by paying attention.
Mar
31
comment Who/what actually dies at the cross?
I think this is an excellent question, but as has been suggested, it must be more narrowly scoped to be answered here. There are countless possible answers to this question, and each Christian denomination/faith is likely to subscribe to different ones. If you can narrow your question to a specific faith (Catholic, Calvinist, Orthodox, etc), it will be more likely to be re-opened and answered.
Mar
31
comment How do the reformed view the “Left Behind” series?
"it is possible to enjoy the the books as apocalyptic fiction" -- I hope you mean this in the abstract, hypothetical sense... and not in the sense of "I've read this book, and consider it to be good, entertaining literature" :P
Mar
28
comment What is the Biblical basis for considering Satan the author of evil?
The entire concept of "Satan" is hotly debated among Bible scholars and theologians. It may be that by asking for the Biblical basis, this is narrow enough, but understand that some would say there is no Biblical basis...
Mar
11
comment How do I interpret Joshua 10?
@warren: I suggest you do google it then. Seek Christian explanations for the verse (hint: google "Joshua 10 exegesis"). It sounds like you'll learn something. :)
Mar
10
comment Can a person be baptized against their will, according to Catholicism?
1) Catholics baptize infants. Unless the infants request it, they do this "against their will." 2) You're asking a theological question based on satirical comedy?
Mar
10
comment How do I interpret Joshua 10?
@warren: I guess you haven't spent much time on google, then :)
Mar
9
comment How do I interpret Joshua 10?
@warren: It's hardly clear to me that it was a miracle. What seems far more likely to me is that the text was never meant to be taken literally... It's clearly a quotation (it says as much in black and white!) of poetry. There's no special reason to believe the poetry was describing literal events, rather than describing the mood of the situation.