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Does the Catholic Church teach that it is sinful to vote for a pro-abortion politician? [duplicate]

Say that a person were to vote for a candidate because they liked their positions on a variety of issues. However, they were also pro-abortion, meaning that they are at odds with the Catholic Church's ...
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What is the Catholic Church's historical position on capital punishment: how did we get here?

It's big news in the internet today. Pope Francis declares death penalty unacceptable in all cases. The Pope made specific changes to the catechism reflecting this. From the New York Times: ...
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Has the Catholic Church ever excommunicated someone based on their ideology?

I know the Catholic Church excommunicates Catholics who join Freemasonic lodges, as well as Catholics who the Church judges to be willful heretics. But has the Church ever excommunicated a Catholic ...
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I've read that 19th Century and early 20th Century Mormon Utah was very feminist for its time. What evidence supports or contradicts this? [closed]

I've read this claim on a reddit post1 that 19th century Mormon Utah is usually understood as barbaric and very sexist towards women, especially due to polygamy. However the poster argues that 19th ...
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Have Jehovah's Witnesses always been politically neutral?

This is a follow-up that I wanted to ask after reading this other question. When I was looking for information on Jehovah's Witnesses and Christmas, I found this article at wol.jw.org that explains ...
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What is the biblical basis for allowing atheists to speak openly and freely in society?

Theonomy is a view held by some Christians which argues that the Mosaic law should be applied in modern society. One of the things that some proponents of this view argue for is that atheists should ...
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Is promotion of contraception a reason to excommunicate?

Melinda Gates (wife of Bill Gates) promotes contraception such as condoms and sterilization among many other things. This is against the Catholic teaching. She also claims to be a practicing catholic. ...
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What are the theological reasons some Protestants are Zionists?

Zionism, founded by Theodor Herzl, is a movement for reestablishing a political nation for the Jewish people. Thus, what are the theological reasons why some Protestants are Zionists, especially in ...
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Does the Bible ever mention class systems? [closed]

Does the Bible ever talk about class systems? If so what does it say about them? Does it give a recommended class hierarchy at any point? Would a classless society be allowed? See also this question ...
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What is the theological background to the belief that taxation is theft?

Within American evangelicalism a debate has recently been reignited on economic policy, and I've been astonished at the number of people saying that some or all taxation should be considered to be ...
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Did Pope Francis overstep any official Catholic boundary when he criticized Trump?

Pope Francis implicitly criticized Donald Trump as not a Christian when he said, regarding Trump's proposed policy to build a wall between the USA and Mexico and immediately deport all illegal ...
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According to Roman Catholicism, is it a sin to vote for pro-choice politicians?

Let's not make this a debate about pro-life and pro-choice views of abortion. According to Roman Catholic teaching, would it be a sin if I voted for a pro-choice politician such as Bernie Sanders?
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What is the Biblical basis for opposing State Brutality?

If there was ever a case of a completely innocent man being beaten and killed for crimes he did not commit, it would have to be Jesus. Yet, when Peter sliced off the ear of a slave, Jesus told Peter ...
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How are patriotic songs used in US churches?

A comical blog mentioned “patriotic worship”. It is also hinted at in this article and in this article where it is made clear that patriotic songs such as the ones listed here are sung and they are ...
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What are the biblical reasons for why a Christian should not participate in an election process

I know a not-insignificant number of Christians who believe it is not their duty (nor even their place) to vote in elections. Most of the ones I know don't have reasons for it other than cited "...
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Do Mainline Presbyterians oppose Satisfaction Theory? Is this why “In Christ Alone” was rejected for their Hymnal?

Satisfaction Theory is a theory of atonement that, in a nutshell, says that God's justice demands a certain amount of punishment for sin. In that, God's "wrath" is often used as a metaphor for that ...
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Does the Bible require us to vote? [closed]

Is there biblical support to suggest that it is our Christian duty to vote, or be involved in deciding our governments actions, or to choose a certain party for election, etc...? Is there biblical ...
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What is the relationship between international branches of the LDS Church?

According to this story on NPR, Mitt Romney's campaign and his anti-Russian remarks have apparently been the impetus for Putin's "Young Guard" to dog Mormon churches in Russia, accusing them of being "...
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What is the controversy/issue surrounding Jerusalem as Israel's capital? [closed]

I was reading this article where representatives at the 2012 Democratic National Convention booed in disagreement over a platform position regarding Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. I'm not ...
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What is the basis for Theonomy?

From Wikipedia, Theonomy, from theos (god) and nomos (law), is the state of being governed by God or in accord with divine law. It's also essentially the view that all types of government ...
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Is there a Christian response to dying in dignity or assisted suicide?

There is a raging debate in the province of Quebec on the question "Does someone have the right to kill another because the first one is suffering?" There are more and more cases in the news that look ...
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If I am a Christian does this mean I need to support the modern state of Israel? [closed]

*note: please do not mistake this question as necessarily reflective of my personal option. Where this question comes from may not be obvious to some depending on where you live, so let me explain. ...
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Luther's “Two Kingdoms” Theology

Can anyone give me a concise summary of Martin Luther's "Two Kingdoms" theology, and also provide some references back to his original works on the subject?
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How should Christians participate in a democracy? [closed]

There is currently a debate in my country, Australia, about gay marriage. Amongst those who believe homosexual sex is wrong, there is a split with regards the correct approach. Some say that ...
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Is there any correlation between national prosperity and percentage of Christians?

I have heard of anecdotal evidence suggesting that the proportion of Christians in a population directly (positively) impacts national prosperity. In other words, the more Christians in a nation, the ...
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Does “no part of this world” mean no involvement in politics? [closed]

Jesus is reported as having said that his kingdom was "no part of this world", and further of assuring Pontius Pilate that his followers posed no risk to the secular authorities. Given that, should ...
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According to personalism, is political libertarianism compatible with the Golden Rule?

This question poses a conflict between two philosophies, but is not meant to necessarily compare their strengths. Only if Love of Neighbor is indeed the antithesis of the libertarian philosophy. ...