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May
2
comment Are the early followers of Christ considered Christians or Jews in today's context? If not, when was the religion created?
@Dan Andrews: The date of the book of Acts is largely irrelevant. The events described in chapter 11 are from a few years after the crucifixion and well before the destruction of the temple (70 AD).
May
2
answered Are the early followers of Christ considered Christians or Jews in today's context? If not, when was the religion created?
Apr
25
comment Why is Rome the holy city?
I think the answer has far more to do with History and Politics than it does with theology. It's telling that Constantine called his capital the New Rome and not the New Jerusalem.
Apr
25
revised What is the basis for the claim that the entire New Testament can be reconstructed apart from original and copied manuscripts?
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Apr
25
answered What is the basis for the claim that the entire New Testament can be reconstructed apart from original and copied manuscripts?
Apr
25
comment What is the basis for the claim that the entire New Testament can be reconstructed apart from original and copied manuscripts?
FYI: This question, which is about the writings of the early church fathers, wouldn't fly on Biblical Hermeneutics. However, a similar question asking about textual criticism in general (i.e., how quoted texts inform us of textual variations) would be ontopic there.
Apr
18
comment Why is the Trinity a Trinity?
FYI: I've asked a meta-question related to the most recent edit.
Apr
18
awarded  Necromancer
Apr
17
comment Why was God so upset with Moses for striking the rock the second time in the desert?
See also: What exactly did Moses do wrong at Meribah?
Apr
17
comment What is the basis of the view that Jesus was separated from the Father and Holy Spirit upon death?
@svidgen: I should point out that Nestorius rejected the title "Mother of God" because he believed that Jesus' divinity could (and at times, must) be separated from His humanity. The heresy is a slippery little bugger, so it's not surprising that we lapse into it when we aren't on guard for it.
Apr
17
awarded  Revival
Apr
17
comment Why is the Trinity a Trinity?
@Alypius: I encourage you to read Edwards' essay, which is deeply rooted in philosophy and the Scriptures. It can be difficult to read, but it's utterly fascinating. The conclusion is largely my own construction (with some guidance from a paper [PDF] that analyzed the orthodoxy of the view). As always, no image of the Trinity can hope to be accurate.
Apr
16
comment Why is the Trinity a Trinity?
@Drew: Actually the problem is the word Son which was added to the Latin translation of the Creed.
Apr
16
answered Why is the Trinity a Trinity?
Apr
16
comment How diverse or united is Christian history on the imagery of “Father” and “Son”?
I've looked at trying to answer this question and it's just more than I can reasonably bite off. Your first point is already difficult since there's debate over whether Jesus introduced the concept of God as "Father" or if He was continuing an existing tradition.
Apr
16
comment What is the basis of the view that Jesus was separated from the Father and Holy Spirit upon death?
Nestorianism also has the unfortunate consequence (for many Christians) of denying Mary the title "Mother of God". If only the humanity of Jesus died on the cross, it logically means that Mary was only responsible for bringing that human portion of Jesus into the world.
Apr
12
accepted How do schisms in the church fit into the plans of a monotheistic God?
Apr
11
comment What language did Jesus speak?
See also: What language did Jesus commonly speak?
Apr
11
comment Why did Joseph only present five brothers?
I've voted to close because this is less a question about Christianity and more a question about the interpretation of the Bible. If there's a specific Christian angle (messianic?) you'd like to bring out, that would be helpful.
Apr
9
revised Why did Joseph only present five brothers?
Most of the answer is a quotation from Clarke's Commentary.