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bio website goran12.rajce.idnes.cz
location Czech Republic
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seen Sep 13 at 11:30

From professional point of view, I'm an eternal student - I have already finished a master in Archaeology and now I study bachelor degree GIS - the computer part of everything needed to be an expert on Computer Aplications in Archaeology.

From spiritual point of view, I'm a young child in Christ (converted on Easter 2010, baptised a year later), a pilgrim to Santiago de Compostela (I have been there once and I hope it wasn't the last time), a Catholic and a member of Light-Life Movement.

And about hobbies, I'm a RPG enthusiast and I like hiking and everything I've already mentioned.

Here on SE, I've found a nice place to talk about Christianity and a source of information for my job. As a Czech patriot, I also hope my language will find its place here.


Sep
2
comment Why did Protestants abandon Liturgy of the Hours?
@curiousdannii: how? It would be based on a false premise if I didn't exclude those who pray Liturgy of the Hours from "most protestants" for the question's sake. I know that Anglicans and some Protestants pray it, but I also know that most Protestants left this practice - the question is about the reasons of those who left it.
Aug
26
comment Why did Protestants abandon Liturgy of the Hours?
This is better than the previous accepted answer - this summarizes more reasons why modern protestants usually don't pray Liturgy of Hours. I'm almost sure that points 1 and 3 applied in the 16th century as well. However, the point of praying X times a day is so that the prayer lingered on (in a less-formal and usually less explicit manner) after each time of prayer, helping to pray constantly; first reformers likely knew this. And there are mentions about praising God by singing psalms (like Eph 5,19) and praising God seven times a day (Ps 119,164), so essense of this practice IS in Bible.
Mar
9
comment Imposition of Ashes - where is it (and where it isn't) commonly practiced?
@MatthewMoisen: look at wikipedia, the answer for your question is there - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ash_Wednesday.
Mar
8
comment Why the difference in depiction of the cross between Catholics and Protestants?
+1. The best answer here, far better than the accepted one - explains both Catholic and Protestant position in a balanced manner, not just one of them.
Jan
14
comment Could Jesus have extraterrestrial brothers or sisters?
Welcome here! Very good answer, especially as a first post here, and even more for such a strange question. I hope you will stay here and ask and answer more questions - we can never have enough quality authors like you!
Dec
25
comment Why is Christmas on December 25th?
I wanted to expand it to an answer, but I will be offline from tomorrow to New Year and I won't manage to collect all the sources and write an answer before. So I give anyone willing to do it few hints to use. First: here are few articles summarizing early Christian authors' mentions of the date of Christmas, from a translator of one of them. Second: for the time when John the Baptist was conceived, one find from Qumran proves that it must have been near autumn equinox, since Abijah's division served in the temple few days before.
Dec
22
comment Why was Zachariah punished while Mary was not?
Welcome here! Just a tip, to help you have your future posts better and better - visit the introduction telling what is this web tour.
Dec
20
comment Will there be sex in Heaven (the new Earth)?
Yes, but this shift from "we don't know anything" to "it's not directly written, but this logically follows what is written" is enough for many denominations to teach this. This question didn't get to creeds and other important articles of faith not because it wasn't believed, but because it is considered unimportant. Catholic position on this was stated somewhere in John Paul II's Theology of body, but I don't want to spend hours searching for exact citations when the comments won't let me to cite it completely.
Dec
19
comment Will there be sex in Heaven (the new Earth)?
This would be true if Revelation 21:27 didn't apply to New Heaven and New Earth. If sin is not possible there and if most denominations are true to consider any extramarital sex as a sin, there will be no sex. I would discuss this in detail, but it's too late to send an answer.
Dec
19
comment Why is Christmas on December 25th?
I have found an article in Czech claiming that there are Bible commentaries supporting December 25th as the day when Jesus was born from early 3rd century, and that Christmas was celebrated at least in Africa in the beginning of fourth century AD. Unfortunately, they don't cite sources, so finding them won't be easy, but I hope I'll make it. When I get at least most of the sources, I'll post the answer.
Sep
11
comment What passages of Scripture were used by the popes and crusaders to justify the Crusades?
Good source, but these bible-based reasons are against vain violence during the Crusades, not for the Crusades - and the OP asked for the latter.
Aug
7
comment How did Thomas Aquinas view grace as opposed to the church fathers?
@BenDunlap: still you're closer to the solution than me - at least you know much better than me how difficult this question is. I live near a dominican monastery, so I can ask fra Thomas (a good thomist) to help me, but without his help (and it's not granted) I have no chance to answer before you. This question is good but hard - unfortunately for itpastorn, it will take long to answer it properly.
Aug
3
comment How do Aquinas and Hooker differ in their doctrine on communion?
Seems to have held water until now. It's almost half a year, definitely more than five minutes. +1
Aug
3
comment How did Thomas Aquinas view grace as opposed to the church fathers?
@BenDunlap or anybody else: I don't have any reservation for this question's answer. I still hope to find time to research it properly, but it might take a long time until I finaly answer, and I welcome answers from someone else (especially from you, Ben, for you seem to be a better Thomist than me).
Aug
3
comment How are Catholic priests chosen and assigned to specific parishes?
While assigning priests, bishop's sense of humor might play a significant role. Once a man named Mrtvý (it means "Dead" in Czech) was ordained for a priest and assigned to a town called Hrob (it means "Grave"). Recently in the same diocese, Kamil ┼ákoda was ordained and he was assigned to Mladá Boleslav, where is a ┼ákoda car factory.
Aug
2
comment How to conduct missionary work through literature
I have mixed feelings about this question. On one hand, I'm interrested in it and I like it. On the other hand, I wonder whether it is a good fit for this site, and hesitate whether to cast a closing vote for being "pastoral question" or not (I know it's not pastoral sensu stricto, but it's more about practice than about doctrine).
Aug
1
comment Is the Body of Christ the same as the Bride of Christ?
@Rick: now it's perfect :-)
Aug
1
comment Was regular weekly fasting a widespread, formal tradition in the early Church?
Eastern Orthodox (and I think Greek Catholics too) fast on Wednesdays and Fridays and some other opportunities. Roman Catholic fast on Fridays and some other opportunities. Protestants fast when they want and as often they want (usually not regularly). So regular weekly fasting was likely abandoned during reformation and observed all the time before, since the death of Jesus (before the disciples had the groom with them, so no reason to fast). But I have no solid sources for this.
Aug
1
comment Hierarchy of Blessings
The Pope can bless objects just by his speech (sermon during mass or Angelus prayer is definitely enough, "Hi!" while meeting someone in Vatican Gardens is probably not enough, I haven't heard the document where this practice is coined) - this is sort of a special rule, mostly designed to save time during audiences, when everyone wants to have something blessed. I know many people want something blessed by Pope, not usual priest, but I guess this "hierarchy of blessing" is based more on "collectors' sport" than on something coined in some normative document (though I'm not sure).
Aug
1
comment Who believes the incarnation and resurrection wouldn't have happened without Mary's faith?
The Incarnation part is part of official doctrine of the Catholic Church and so undisputed. The ressurection part seems to be unknown and thus undisputed too, even though few would agree.