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May
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comment What is the scriptural basis for a monarchical episcopate?
"Do you doubt Matthias, who replaced Judas, was a bishop?" - I'm just trying to follow the logic of the definition in the article that you have cited. That article asserts the idea of apostles being bishops with a definition of apostles being the ones whom Jesus sent to teach and baptize all the nations after Jesus' mission was accomplished. Based on Acts 1:21 we can tell for sure that Matthias was among those sent ones, and, therefore, following the logic of the article, he is a bishop; however, Judas Iscariot was not among those whom Jesus was sending - he was already dead by then.
May
25
comment What is the scriptural basis for a monarchical episcopate?
"** Yes, the Apostles were bishops...**" - That article, the link to which you have provided, basis the idea of Apostolate-episcopate on the definition of the Apostles: "sent into the world a body of teachers and preachers after Jesus' mission was accomplished", however, Judas Iscariot was never among those whom He sent to teach all the nations baptizing them into the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.
May
25
accepted Why First Epistle to St. John by St. Ignatius of Antioch is considered to be spurious?
May
25
asked Why First Epistle to St. John by St. Ignatius of Antioch is considered to be spurious?
May
25
comment What is the scriptural basis for a monarchical episcopate?
I don't understand. Peter applies these words to Judas Iscariot. Does this mean that Judas was a bishop?!
May
25
asked What is the scriptural basis for a monarchical episcopate?
May
22
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May
20
comment Do the Orthodox pray to John the Baptist?
Can you, please, provide some sources.
May
20
comment Do the Orthodox pray to John the Baptist?
@curiousdannii - I don't have any quotes or references. I just saw them pray to many different saints, yet have never seen them pray to John the Baptist. This was all that prompted my question.
May
19
comment Which Apocrypha are part of the Catholic and the Orthodox traditions and which are not? Why?
But... isn't it like all the early Church Fathers, when speaking about the story of presentation of Mary draw that story from the Protevangelium?
May
19
comment Which Apocrypha are part of the Catholic and the Orthodox traditions and which are not? Why?
@MattGutting - "The belief is buttressed by its presence in the Protevangelium, but that doesn't mean they accept the book as a whole as part of their tradition" - In other words, they have some other sources besides the Protevangelium that tells them about that story, right?
May
19
comment Which Apocrypha are part of the Catholic and the Orthodox traditions and which are not? Why?
@MattGutting - "It sounds as if you're asking how these churches decided to choose books for their canon" - No. Apocrypha are by definition not part of canon. I am asking about how they decide which Apocrypha they still keep as a part of their tradition, and which Apocrypha they don't consider to be a part of their tradition.
May
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revised Which Apocrypha are part of the Catholic and the Orthodox traditions and which are not? Why?
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May
19
comment Which Apocrypha are part of the Catholic and the Orthodox traditions and which are not? Why?
You might want to expand on your answer - I just edited my question. My original intention in it was not to ask about what an Apocrypha is, but rather about what Apocrypha are the part of the Catholic or the Orthodox traditions and which ones are not.
May
19
revised Which Apocrypha are part of the Catholic and the Orthodox traditions and which are not? Why?
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May
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comment Which Apocrypha are part of the Catholic and the Orthodox traditions and which are not? Why?
Ah, I got it now. Thanks for the clarification.
May
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asked Do the Orthodox pray to John the Baptist?
May
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comment Which Apocrypha are part of the Catholic and the Orthodox traditions and which are not? Why?
So where in my words have you seen my "historic relativism"? And what did you mean by saying "I raise you one Council of Nicaea"? Did you mean to say "I refer you to the Council of Nicaea"?
May
18
comment Which Apocrypha are part of the Catholic and the Orthodox traditions and which are not? Why?
I see your historic relativism and raise you one Council of Nicaea - What do you mean?!
May
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