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Why do the Catholics and Orthodox keep relics and bone fragments? Isn't this disrespect for the body?

In Orthodoxy, cremation after death is not permitted. It is not preferred in Catholicism. This is because of the strong respect for the integrity of the body. Both traditions are also strongly pro-...

catholicism eastern-orthodox death relics veneration  
asked by Alex 6 votes
answered by Ken Graham 0 votes

On nominal Christianity

Yesterday crossed this article which has a strong stand against something called "nominal Christianity". From reading the article, I couldn't understand some points I'd like clarification in ...

asked by Tiago Martins Peres 李大仁 4 votes
answered by curiousdannii 11 votes

Are there any documented cases of "Acts 2 type" tongue speaking (i.e. understood by a foreigner) in recent history (19th century on)?

I'm aware of the existence of many Pentecostal and Charistmatic groups that believe in the gift of tongues and claim to be able to exercise it. In fact, one can very easily find lots of videos of ...

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asked by Spirit Realm Investigator 4 votes
answered by Ken Graham 1 vote

What are fellowships, associations, and denominations within the Baptist denomination?

This is something I read from hrc Although ABCUSA shares many traditions, beliefs and values with other Baptists, ABCUSA is a distinct entity from its relatives, the American Baptist Association (ABA)...

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asked by notacorn 2 votes

What is the role of a permanent lector at a Traditional Latin Mass?

Our parish started Latin Masses a few months ago and I'm finally getting in the hang of it, but one thing I noticed is that the priest reads everything (except for a few things that the servers recite)...

catholicism extraordinary-form-of-the-mass lector minor-orders  
asked by Peter Turner 2 votes
answered by eques 2 votes

Are there any documented cases of paranormal activity preceding or during an exorcism?

Movies such as The Exorcist have popularized the notion of paranormal phenomena surrounding an episode of demonic possession. And after reading of someone's personal experiences with Catholic ...

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asked by Spirit Realm Investigator 1 vote
answered by Ken Graham 1 vote

HOW does the existence of the Universe make those who do not worship God to be "without excuse"?

"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them,...

creation apologetics atheism  
asked by Andrew Shanks 1 vote
answered by Sola Gratia 1 vote

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Did Moses see the face of God?

Exodus 24:9-11 9 Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel went up 10 and saw the God of Israel. Under his feet was something like a pavement made of lapis lazuli, ...

nature-of-god moses exodus  
asked by Mawia 11 votes
answered by Mike 8 votes

Why did Jesus have to leave for the Holy Spirit to come?

John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. Why did ...

biblical-basis trinity pneumatology ascension  
asked by Rick 17 votes
answered by rguy 13 votes

Why did God change Jacob's name to Israel?

I am reading the book of Genesis, and I have noticed that God changes certain people's names, such as Abram to Abraham and Jacob to Israel. Why does he change their names? What does it symbolize? ...

nature-of-god genesis old-testament jacob  
asked by user5513 16 votes
answered by Mason Wheeler 17 votes

Does Jesus have a last name?

I heard "Christ" isn't the last name He got from His parents. Is that true? Does He have a last name? If He does not have a last name, then how does that work? If that wasn't His last name, and there ...

life-of-jesus name-of-jesus  
asked by Alypius 7 votes
answered by David Morton 22 votes

Who was Thomas's twin?

The sainted apostle "Doubting" Thomas is called Didymus, the Twin. Indeed, Thomas also means Twin. Thomas, called Didymus / Θωμᾶς ὁ λεγόμενος Δίδυμος (John 11:16; 20:24; 21:2) There is no clear ...

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asked by James T 15 votes
answered by Bruce Alderman 6 votes

Which angels and fallen angels are named in the Bible?

Which angels and fallen angels are named in the Bible. and what are they responsible for?

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asked by ThePiachu 7 votes
answered by Affable Geek 14 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

Can you answer these questions?

Different interpretation of salvation

I understand "knowing Jesus" as understanding Jesus who accepts the Cross, ie reasons why He did it and the suffering He took upon himself. And when I accept Him, I accept that suffering, ie ...

sacrifice cross  
asked by bono95zg 1 vote
answered by Paul Chernoch 0 votes

What is the new understanding that emerged about the death penalty that recently entered the Catechism?

What the heck does this sentence added to the Catechism mean? In addition, a new understanding has emerged of the significance of penal sanctions imposed by the state.

catholicism catholic-catechism capital-punishment  
asked by Peter Turner 1 vote
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