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revised What is the significance of the inverted pentagram symbols on the LDS Temple in Salt Lake City?
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Sep
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asked Does being a “state church” give the Church of Scotland any doctrinal distinctive?
Sep
12
revised Is there a concept of Christian State in Christianity?
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Sep
12
asked How does the relationship of the Church of Scotland to the state differ from that of the Church of England?
Sep
12
comment What's the story behind “St. Wolfgang and the devil” painting?
Perhaps you would like to ask a question about who St. Wolfgang was, what his significance to Christianity is or what his beliefs about the devil were? Asking something along those lines while including a footnote about about looking for any episodes or beliefs that might have led to such a painting might make a decent on topic question. As it is, this is about an artist's work and their conception of something more than it is about Christianity.
Sep
12
comment What have past theologians written about preparing to die?
Theologians have been writing about death for several thousand years. Part 1 is far too broad. Part 2 is a resource request question, also not a good fit for SE. Now if you wanted to know what a how a particular theologian or even a specific narrow doctrinal tradition approached death...
Sep
11
revised Why did the authors of the London Baptist Confession of 1689 callout the pope as being the antichrist?
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Sep
11
revised According to reformed theology, why are certain important doctrines not “obvious”? [i.e. why does the Westminister Confession even exist?]
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Sep
11
comment When did Arabic enter into usage as a liturgical language among Orthodox Christians?
Welcome to Christianity.SE! I'm glad to see this question getting even a sliver of attention from somebody with knowledge in the area; these are great pointers. If you run across more details please be sure to come back and edit them in! Hope to see you around. BTW, have you checked out our faq?
Sep
11
revised Why do some traditions recite the Lord's Prayer word for word?
Removed section that was A) duplicate of other question on SE and B) not good for this format because it's just an opinion poll.
Sep
11
comment Are intentional sins somehow “worse?”
Yes actually quite a few confessions differentiate.
Sep
10
revised Is the Catechism of the Catholic Church considered scripture?
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Sep
10
comment Is it possible for The Bible to contain errors?
Moderatore note: A large conversation between brilliant and Jas3.1 sparked by this answer was migrated and continued in this chat room. Those comments have been removed.
Sep
10
comment Is there a concept of Christian State in Christianity?
Fair enough. Actually more than fair, that last paragraph is a great TL:DR; on the issue which is what I think this question calls for.
Sep
10
comment Is there a concept of Christian State in Christianity?
Even among traditions that reject the idea of a state entity being Christian, the interaction between religious and political spheres is still something that must be addressed, and saying they are separate kingdoms is only a premise for outlining whatever interaction they should have.
Sep
10
comment Is there a concept of Christian State in Christianity?
This answers the question of whether there SHOULD be such a separation from a specific interpretative framework. While I agree with it as far as it goes, I think it fails to answer the question asked because it does not address the various approaches Christianity has taken historically. Many Christian traditions HAVE had a concept of a Christian state, which this fails to even touch on.
Sep
10
comment Is there a concept of Christian State in Christianity?
I would disagree that there is no "demand in Christianity" as many theological traditions do see such a demand for separation, but I agree that it is not universal and that many have worked very hard to bring about such a state. Correct that detail and this could be another +1 from me ;-)
Sep
10
comment Why is the Book of Enoch not regarded as canonical?
I agree with your conclusion in general, but this list seems kind of issues seems kind of bogus to me. One could easily compile a list that looked much like that for some works that ARE in the Canon, and if the same hermeneutics we apply to the rest of Scripture were applied, many of the issues you raise would vaporize as variously interpreted as alegory, symbolism or even the author not knowing how to properly describe what he was seeing. Reading Hezekiel with the same eye you have applied to Enoch would produce a similar list of bizarrities. Again I agree overall, but your evidence is weak.
Sep
9
revised According to reformed theology, why are certain important doctrines not “obvious”? [i.e. why does the Westminister Confession even exist?]
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revised According to reformed theology, why are certain important doctrines not “obvious”? [i.e. why does the Westminister Confession even exist?]
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