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Nov
12
comment In the Gospels, is there any recorded instance of the Pharisees quoting Scripture?
Do you have a reference to support the idea that the chief priests might have included Pharisees?
Nov
12
comment For Catholics who have expressed concern about Pope Francis and are wary of his pontificate, what are the key issues?
The links you've provided in your question appear to provide answers to your question. I'm not sure exactly what you're hoping for. Are you wondering if someone has done a poll of Catholics to ask "What is your biggest complaint about the Pope?" and you're looking for the top answers?
Nov
12
comment Justification for Involvement of State in Marriage
I see. Well, to answer your last comment, I appreciate that you're trying not to ask an 'Is X a sin?' question. But I think you've taken your "point/counterpoint" arguments to illogical extremes. Neither of your questions represents a common view at this point, so it's pretty hard to defend either one of them.
Nov
12
comment Justification for Marriage without State
Do any Christians make this claim? There are many Christian groups which will conduct wedding ceremonies for couples who cannot legally get married (homosexual couples would be the most common modern example, but in the past interracial marriages would have been a common example as well, at least in the US). In these cases I don't think the church would say "it has nothing to do with the state" but rather "the state doesn't have the moral authority to enforce these restrictions, so we will ignore them."
Nov
12
comment Justification for Involvement of State in Marriage
Well, your personal/unresearched suspicions don't make for very good background for this question. :)
Nov
12
comment Justification for Involvement of State in Marriage
I think a much better question would be: Why would one want to have a "spiritual" wedding, without a legal one? The most common answer is because a legal marriage may not be possible due to restrictions (such as when a gay couple wishes to marry, or in times/locations where mixed race couples cannot legally marry). In such cases it is quite common to have a church ceremony without a legal marriage.
Nov
12
comment Justification for Involvement of State in Marriage
Churches may say you should get a legal marriage license, but that's quite a separate thing than saying that churches believe "a marriage in the eye of God must be a marriage in the eye of the State."
Nov
12
comment Justification for Involvement of State in Marriage
Do any Christian groups say that?
Nov
12
comment In the Gospels, is there any recorded instance of the Pharisees quoting Scripture?
@BenjaminHoogterp: It's just an "expert in the law" -- there's no reason to think it's specifically a Pharisee or Saducee.
Nov
10
comment Is a claim of 50,000,000 Baptist martyrs accurate?
@Zachary: Cross-posting of identical questions is discouraged, but if you feel you might get a better reception there, you are welcome to ask there, especially if you haven't gotten a good response here.
Nov
10
comment Is a claim of 50,000,000 Baptist martyrs accurate?
This question isn't off-topic here, but it would also be on-topic (and solicit perhaps more scholarly answer) on Skeptics.SE as well.
Nov
10
comment What major translations of the Bible are in the Public Domain?
@fredsbend: They also contain open-ended lists of answers. That is the case with this one.
Nov
10
comment How many apostles are there?
1) You're mixing the terms "apostles" and "disciples." 2) How many there are of either category depends on how you define the terms, and for what purpose. According to a common definition, every follower of Christ is a disciple, thus millions of disciples throughout history. "Apostle" is generally a more exclusive term.
Nov
10
comment How many apostles are there?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is a matter of definition.
Nov
10
comment What is the Catholic Church's understanding and position as regards evolution as a philosophy?
possible duplicate of Are the theories of Evolution and the Big Bang now binding to Catholics and to be held as true?
Nov
10
comment What major translations of the Bible are in the Public Domain?
@fredsbend: Public domain has no bearing on whether a question is a "shopping question." "Which city should I visit?" is a shopping question, even though it has nothing to do with (specifically) buying anything.
Nov
6
comment Are there any differences between Protestant and Catholic theology concerning the distinction between demonic possession from mental illness?
@Caleb: I think it is too broad, as both groups are all over the board with their views. There are Catholics who don't believe in demon possession at all, and there are also very superstitious Catholics who will blame everything from a stubbed toe on demons. The same goes for protestants.
Nov
6
comment What major Bible dictionaries are in the public domain and digitally available?
@DavidMulder: I have voted to close the other one as well, for the same reason.
Nov
6
comment What major translations of the Bible are in the Public Domain?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is a shopping question.
Nov
6
comment What major Bible dictionaries are in the public domain and digitally available?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is a shopping question.