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Questions tagged [comparative-christianity]

For questions seeking comparisons of two or more denominations. For the concept of "denomination," use [denomination], and for surveys of Christian denominations, use [denomination-survey].

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Comparison of Age of Earth according to Biblical theories

I Have read that according to Biblical references the age of earth is 6000 years. Even if you quote Young Earth Creationism they too will give only 10,000 years old. While in different belief like ...
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Why are there differences in events within the Gospels?

Why does the gospel of Matthew claim that it was Mary Magdalene who annointed Jesus's feet with oil and Luke claim it was an unnamed woman?
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What are the main differences between Jesusonians and Protestant christians?

Both groups have much variation from the traditional beliefs. Also I just recently heard of the Jesusonian denomination. What are the main differences between these two denominations?
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What kind of movement or denomination in Christianity made being a Christian a personal/individual choice?

What kind of movement or denomination in Christianity made being a Christian a personal/individual choice? I recently watched a random YouTube video. Random, because I had no idea how I got there. ...
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How is “Free Grace Theology” linked with dispensationalism?

I have a somewhat vague understanding of dispensationalism and Covenant theology, and have until now preferred the latter to the former because it seems simpler and hence more intuitive. I recently ...
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What are the differences/connections between the Churches of Christ and the Congregational Churches?

I have done a fair amount of research but am still very confused about the difference between the two, the Churches of Christ and the Congregational Churches. I know of the United Church and Church ...
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What is an overview of the similarities and differences between the Catholic doctrine of Original Sin and the Reformed doctrine of Total Depravity?

Upon a cursory examination, both the Catholic doctrine of Original Sin and the Reformed doctrine of Total Depravity seem to say that mankind is by default separated from God. What is an overview of ...
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What Christian groups do not observe or celebrate the Eucharist?

Are there any groups who identify as Christian but who do not celebrate/observe the Eucharist?
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Jesus said I am the Way, how does the Catholic Church best explain this passage?

John 14:6 New International Version (NIV) "Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." This passage from St.John Gospel had a strong ...
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How do you obtain spiritual gifts? (Overview)

The Bible says we should covet earnestly the best spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:31). How do various denominations recommend obtaining spiritual gifts?
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What are the main differences between the Catholic Popes and the Mormon Prophets?

I ask this question, as a Catholic, because Mormonism is hierarchical in structure and has a lot of similarities with Catholicism, although seemingly they are superficial as in being surface ...
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Which denominations believe in eternal marriage?

Which Christian denominations believe that marriage can be eternal, i.e. can continue in the next life?
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Similarities and differences between the priesthood in the Catholic and the LDS Church

As a follow up to Similarities and differences between the priesthood of all believers and the LDS priesthood, I ask what are similarities and differences between the priesthood in the Catholic and ...
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Similarities and differences between the priesthood of all believers and the LDS priesthood

In the LDS Church, all men and older boys are encouraged to obtain the priesthood. Women are also encouraged to receive ordinances in the temple, which Joseph Smith described as entering into an "...
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Why are there so many priests in the LDS Church?

I don't have any hard number, but in most other churches, usually there are only a few priests per church (if they have priests). In the LDS Church on the other hand, usually almost half of the ...
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Do any Christian denominations prevent their congregations from having Christmas pageants?

Given the fact that a Christmas pageant isn't complete featuring the Wise Man dropping in on the Holy Family in the manger is unbiblical do any denominations specifically prevent their congregations ...
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Are there any American Christian denominations that refer to the days of the week by alternate names?

At this time of year Bible and Christianity fora are full of posts hinting that Christians who celebrate Christmas are guilty of paganism because it coincides with some pagan holiday celebrated in ...
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How would a Reformed theologian distinguish his or her view of atonement?

The term 'limited atonement' has been used, and I wonder how the Reformed is differing by definition from the Evangelical view of atonement. Further, what Scriptures do the Reformed base this view ...
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What are the differences between the ELCA and UCC?

Looking for a church community for me and my child, young adult college age. So far trying to decide between ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) and UCC (United Church of Christ). What are ...
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Why are there different sects of Christianity? [closed]

I am a Christian - meaning I believe and have faith that Jesus Christ is the saviour of my soul. I saw a video before that shows different sects of Christianity and different views as well. It starts ...
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How do Protestantism and the LDS Church differ as to what is required for a believer to attain salvation and eternal life?

What is the difference between what Protestantism and the LDS Church teach about what is needed to attain salvation and life in eternity? Good answers will summarise the doctrines of both with quotes ...
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Comparison of church services between Church of Ireland and the Catholic Church

I am Roman Catholic and what I would like to know is how does the Mass of the Roman Catholic Church differ from one in the Church of Ireland.
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What theological differences exist between Baptist and Evangelical Free denominations?

What theological differences exist between Baptist churches and the Evangelical Free Church of America? Where Baptist viewpoints might differ, assume American Baptist Churches USA as the specific ...
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What is reason behind Christianity most popular religious as of now? [closed]

I know its broad topic and debatable, but still If anyone can explain why Christianity most popular religious?
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What are the major Christian Festivals [closed]

Can anyone tell me what are the major Christian festivals? Which are the given government holidays and which are not?
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Why do Syrian Orthodox churches use only paintings and not sculptures, unlike Catholic churches?

I am an Orthodox Christian, and in our church we don't have sculptures unlike Catholic churches in my area. We only have paintings and pictures. I don't know if this is because of the bull sculpture ...
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What are the differences/distinctive between the Anglican and Episcopal churches?

I've never been very sure what the difference is between the Anglican and Episcopal churches. Is it safe to assume that in core doctrines their doctrinal stance would be pretty similar, i.e. ...
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Byzantine Chant vs. Gregorian Chant: What are the differences in goals as far as attitude and concepts between these two chanting styles

I'm NOT interested here in the difference in musical structure and rules here, per-say, between the Byzantine and Gregorian chanting styles. What I'm more interested in is the difference between them ...
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What are the differences in belief regarding Hesychasm between the Chalcedonian (Eastern) and Non-Chalcedonian (Oriental) Orthodox Churches?

I got into a discussion recently regarding the differences (or lack thereof) between the Oriental and Eastern Orthodox Churches. I'm aware that the Oriental Churches are Miaphysites, while the ...
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What is the difference between “ransom theory” and “penal substitution”?

Ransom theory and penal substitution are two (of many) views about the exact nature of Jesus' atoning death on the cross. Both suggest that Jesus in some way paid a price on the cross for the benefit ...
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Does the Catholic church have an officially-sanctioned, organized form of spirituality analogous to Orthodox hesychasm?

According to my understanding, hesychasm, along with asceticism, is the official, traditional, and uniformly accepted spiritual path of the Orthodox church. Is there an analogous, well-defined, widely-...
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What is the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God?

What is an overview of the practices, doctrines, and goals of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God that distinguish it from other Evangelical and Pentecostal groups active in Latin America?
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Did any of the Catholic or Protestant paramilitary groups of the Northern Ireland conflicts of the 60s and 70s ever have an actual theological creed?

I have been reading old newspapers for fun and noticed a lot of conflicts in Northern Ireland making the newspaper during the 60s and 70s (along with the usual Vietnam and Israel conflicts). When I ...
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What is an overview of beliefs on “Jesus is the Word (Logos) of God”?

Recently, I've been racked at the possible ways this belief might be construed when someone says it. I suspect that the primary Biblical basis for it is John 1, but as we know, there can be many ...
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What is the gist of CARM's criticism of Joyce Meyer?

Joyce Meyer was accused of false teaching by CARM. I can find no response from Joyce Meyer ministries as to misrepresentation, and CARM refer to some poor audio tapes and her book written in 1993. I'm ...
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Who developed the doctrine of Biblical Inerrancy first - Catholics or Protestants?

This article on Christian Fundamentalism says that it is developed by Protestants at Princeton University. This Catholic source on Biblical inerrancy says that it has always been with the Catholics. ...
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How does mainstream Christianity's perception of Heaven differ from the Mormon perception of the Terrestrial Kingdom?

Unless I am mistaken, it seems to me that the Mormon definition of the Terrestrial Kingdom (the second highest kingdom of glory) is essentially identical to mainstream Christianity's definition of ...
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Surveys to find out which Christian denomination I am most like

Are there any (free) surveys or questionnaires that I can use to determine which Christian denomination I am most like? I have been a Christian for many years and have preferred to read the Bible and ...
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What theological teachings of Watchman Nee, Witness Lee, and the Local Churches differ from Reformed Theology

I recently moved and have been Church hunting (but this it not a question about Church advice) and attended a "Local Church." In this particular Church, service goes as follows: first part: ...
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What are the main differences between Anglicanism and Catholicism?

The Anglican Church came from the Roman Catholic Church about the same time as the Reformation was starting, but that doesn't answer how they are different on a practical level. How is the Anglican ...
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What are the differences between Catholics and the Jehovah's Witnesses

What the are differences and similarities between Jehovah's Witnesses and Catholics? To what extent is the official bible accepted by the Catholic church different from the official JW translation? ...
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How comparable are the concepts of the Teaching Magisterium in the Catholic Church and the Jehovah's Witnesses view of their Watch Tower society?

Just how comparable is this particular aspect of each group's ecclesiology? If from an academic viewpoint there are marked similarities, is there an identifiable Jehovah's witness perspective on the ...
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What are the primary differences between these Lutheran denominations?

What are the primary differences between the WELS, LCMS, LCMC, NALC, and ELCA Lutheran denominations?
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What is the relation between Christianity and Islam [closed]

There are some common points that exist between Christianity and Islam. What are the similarities and disagreement between Christianity and Islam?
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What are the differences between Eastern Orthodoxy, Oriental Orthodoxy, and Nestorianism?

In another question, @Daи excellently explained the differences between Western and Eastern Christianity. But what are the differences between the Eastern Christianity itself, particularly between ...
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What theolological distinctives are exhibited in 'The True Furqan'?

The book The True Furqan, a work first published in Arabic a little over a decade ago, has come up recently in several contexts from being a suspect in anti government plots1 to being proof that ...
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What is the difference between the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches?

What is the difference between the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches?
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How do opponents of Decision Theology distinguish themselves from Universal Salvation?

There is a tradition, perhaps strongest in Lutheranism, that opposes what it calls "Decision Theology". Biblical support for opposing Decision Theology would come in passages like, "No one can say ...
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What does a “non-denominational” Protestant believe?

I have heard "non-denominational" Protestant churches identify themselves as such because they believe they are above the squabbling and blindness that characterizes denominational Christianity. I ...
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What is the process for starting a new Christian denomination?

There are thousands of Christian denominations. How did these groups form? What is the typical process for organizing a denomination?