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Top new questions this week:

Does the Catholic Church prohibit marriage between a woman and her God-father?

Each child born in a Catholic family, receives the Sacrament of Baptism at an early age, and is escorted by its Godparents at the time of its baptism. Traditionally, a godparent must normally be an ...

catholicism marriage godparents  
asked by Kadalikatt Joseph Sibichan 5 votes
answered by K-HB 5 votes

How do Baptists interpret Revelation 20 and 21?

I understand that Revelation is one of the more challenging books to ask about, but what I hope to find out is what Baptists believe chapters 21 and 22 foretell for the future. Chapter 20:1-3 and ...

exegesis revelation baptist  
asked by Ella 5 votes
answered by Lesley 3 votes

As a young Jew what would Jesus have been taught about heaven and hell?

I understand the Jewish concept of heaven and hell is different from what I was taught as a conservative protestant. I am curious as to the teaching Jesus would have received from rabbis of his time. ...

heaven hell judaism  
asked by Gary P 3 votes
answered by Thomas Pearne 2 votes

Is it possible for a married Catholic to be invincibly ignorant that adultery is gravely wrong?

Is it possible for a married Catholic to be invincibly ignorant that adultery is gravely wrong? I am interested in an answer from the Catholic viewpoint.

catholicism marriage morality adultery  
asked by Thom 3 votes
answered by Geremia 4 votes

What does Unitarianism think about Judaism?

As Christians know, the Christian sect called Unitarianism is very interesting. For example, Unitarians believe in one G-d, rejecting the Trinity. They stress the oneness and unity of G-d. Famous ...

judaism jews unitarianism  
asked by Turk Hill 2 votes
answered by Sola Gratia 1 vote

Was Leo Tolstoy a heretic?

Leo Tolstoy, author of War and Peace and Anna Karenina, wrote his own version of the Christian Gospels.[1] He called it The Gospel in Brief. In it, he mixed many beliefs of the different disciples. In ...

reformed-theology  
asked by Turk Hill 1 vote

What was the dominant theory of atonement shown in the Apostolic Fathers's writings?

Most articles I read about the theory of atonement in the early church say that Ransom Theory was the prevailing one, although some disagree. This thinking was promoted by a landmark book on the ...

early-church church-fathers atonement  
asked by GratefulDisciple 1 vote

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Why does Paul call Peter "Cephas" in his writings?

In John 1:42 Jesus called Peter as Cephas. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter). But throughout the Gospels, ...

paul-apostle peter  
asked by Benny 17 votes
answered by Brian Koser 19 votes

Why was David disqualified from building the temple?

In 2 Samuel 7, King David seems to have a heart to build a temple for God. However, he seems to be disqualified for some reason, but his son is identified as the one who will build it instead. What ...

old-testament david temple 2-samuel  
asked by Narnian 11 votes
answered by Mawia 12 votes

What was the difference between the Pharisees and Sadducees?

Jesus often encountered "Pharisees" and "Sadducees". For example, 34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him ...

history gospels judaism sadducees pharisees  
asked by Mike 20 votes
answered by swasheck 21 votes

How did the Crusades affect the Pope's power and authority?

How did the Crusades affect the Pope's power/authority, during and after the Crusades? The Crusades, from Wikipedia The Crusades were a series of religiously sanctioned military campaigns, called ...

church-history papacy medieval-church authority crusades  
asked by keto23 20 votes
answered by James T 6 votes

Why did God accept Abel's offering and not Cain's?

In Genesis 4, we read the following account of Cain and Abel: So it came about in the course of time that Cain brought an offering to the Lord of the fruit of the ground. Abel, on his part also ...

genesis sacrifice  
asked by Narnian 22 votes
answered by Paul A. Clayton 13 votes

When was Abraham alive?

It is generally accepted that Abraham lived 175 years. However, the dates when he lived are rather fuzzy and hotly debated. When was he alive and what reasons would you give for your conclusion? ...

history genesis abraham chronology  
asked by wax eagle 19 votes
answered by Rex Kerr 8 votes

Where does the concept of a "God-shaped hole" originate?

There's a concept that I heard used many times throughout my life in regards to idolatry. The idea is that inside each of us is a "God-shaped hole"--a place inside of our hearts that only God can ...

faith origin philosophy  
asked by Richard 49 votes
answered by Richard 31 votes

Can you answer these questions?

Identifying a source for this C S Lewis quote (reflecting St Augustine and St Paul)

There is a C. S. Lewis quote from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe that resembles a famous quote by St Augustine. Here is St. Augustine: The very thing which is now called the Christian ...

early-church paul-apostle augustine cs-lewis  
asked by Angeles89 1 vote
answered by Angeles89 0 votes

In 1943, the Russian Orthodox Church permitted the women's name Svetlana. Was it made specifically for Stalin's daughter?

Russian Wikipedia says the name "Svetlana" was invented in 19th century by a poet Alexander Vostokov. But some people also pointed out that Svetlana is Russian equivalent of Photini, the Samaritan ...

eastern-orthodox saint name  
asked by Anixx 1 vote

According to Catholic doctrine, if a rich man does not share his wealth with the poor, is he being injust?

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1807 Justice is the moral virtue that consists in the constant and firm will to give their due to God and neighbor... Justice toward men disposes ...

catholicism justice wealth catholic-social-thought  
asked by luchonacho 1 vote
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