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Protestantism is a broad tradition referring to the churches which broke from the Roman Catholic Church during the 16th Century and those that descended from them.

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Does the Catholic Church recognize Protestant baptism?

Does the Catholic Church recognize Protestant baptism? What if one wants to convert to Catholicism, but can't get baptized, or they originally were part of a protestant church and were baptized and ...
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Did Joseph Smith go to heaven according to Protestant Trinitarians?

According to the Mormon Doctrine written by Bruce McConkie, If it had not been for Joseph Smith and the restoration, there would be no salvation. There is no salvation outside The Church of Jesus ...
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What is the earliest known work in which the phrase "priesthood of all believers" is used?

The German translation for the phrase “priesthood of all believers” is “Priestertum aller Gläubigen”. According to everything I have read, Martin Luther popularized the doctrine but did not use this ...
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Is the idea of soul sleep for would-be saints Biblical?

The Bible shows that Mary is in Heaven as the Ark of the Covenant (Rev 11:19), while the martyrs are crying out to God for vengeance under the altar (Rev 6:9) and the prayers of the saints are being ...
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Why didn't Protestants unite with the Orthodox against Papal primacy after the Reformation?

Is there some doctrinal, historical or political reason that prevented this natural alliance from taking place? Are Protestants against the notion of the Pentarchy in general and not just against the ...
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How to reconcile the belief that the "angel of the Lord" in the OT is the pre-incarnate Jesus with Hebrews 1:5?

Summary of the question: How can the "angel of the Lord" be the pre-incarnate Jesus if Hebrews 1:5 makes the point that God never said "Thou art my Son" to any angel? Those who ...
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Is Methodism excluded from from the category of Protestantism?

In an attempt to define Protestantism one answer suggested the following criteria: an acceptance of the old ecumenical creeds a focus on the Bible a rejection of salvation by works a rejection of the ...
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Is there legitimate (scriptural or customary) justification for the practice of "Tithing" in modernity according to recent Protestantism?

Tithing was known in the ancient world, adopted by the Patriarchs, and practiced by Pharisees under the Law of Moses. There was the mixed positions taken by the Reformers of Protestantism. (See ...
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What is the Standard Definition of a Protestant Church?

Note: this is a different question from this one, which posits one definition and asks if it is OK. My question asks for a standard definition. I also hope to know the authorities involved in putting ...
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Which Post-Reformation Churches Reject the Designation 'Protestant?'

A question came up recently as to which Protestant churches do not accept the first six Ecumenical Councils. This leads to related questions as to the definition of "Protestant." And that, ...
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How do Evangelical Protestants understand the relationship between "intellectual assent" and the experience of being "born-again"?

I'd like to start this question by citing the definition of intellectual assent provided by the article Is faith intellectual assent?: To give intellectual assent is to agree with something on a ...
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Are there any Protestant denominations that reject any of the first six Church Ecumenical Councils?

Here is a simple summary of the purpose of the first six councils: FIRST COUNCIL OF NICAEA (325) – Affirmed the deity of Christ. The false doctrine of Arianism was rejected and affirmed the apostles’ ...
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Protestants Choice not to accept a literal translation of John 20:23

Both most Protestants and all Catholics believe in Sola Scriptura of the New Testament. Yet certain passages such as John 20:23 cause much consternation among Protestors, resulting in many articles, ...
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Protestantism: If justification is by faith alone how can judgement be by works?

The idea of justification seems to come often in Paul, Romans 3:20: Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin Jesus ...
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Is the bread really Jesus body - Transubstantiation? [closed]

I've heard a million complex arguments about this for both sides - but here is my take on it. There are only 3 possible things in this situation. The bread truly becomes Jesus' body. The bread does ...
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Is there a name for the idea that the seven churches of Revelation represent periods in church history? How common is this belief in Protestantism?

Abeka's textbook Book of the Revelation teaches that the seven churches of Revelation prophetically represent different periods of church history, and that we are in the Laodicean church today. ...
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Were only the eleven instructed to 'teach and baptise' or was there a 'Great Commission' made to the entire Church?

Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. [Matthew 28:16 KJV] The eleven had a specific appointment and at that appointment they were ...
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According to Protestantism, how does God manifest and interact with Christians?

I'm interested in understanding the specific ways in which God's presence and intervention are consciously experienced by Christians in their daily lives. In this question, I'm narrowing the scope to ...
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For Evangelical/Fundamentalist Protestants, what is the motivation for supporting morality-based legislation?

Just to be clear, I'm only referring to activities that are victimless, or at least harm nobody except for those who willingly participate. If I understand Calvinist (TULIP) theology correctly, ...
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How do Lutheran discern Law and Gospel in the Lord's Prayer?

In the Lord's Prayer, Jesus famously says: Matthew 6:12 NMB And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. This seems to be a law thing, as it means "unless you ...
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What are the main differences between Catholicism and Protestantism? [duplicate]

I’m interested mainly in values and philosophical differences in terms of the general worldviews and broader views on life, but welcome any answer that may be offered.
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Does God still create everything

We know that in the beginning God created everything from nothing. No doubt there. But, these days we often hear something like "Why is that puppy so cute? Because God made it that way." ...
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Should Christians call to God asking him to receive their spirit when dying?

Is Jesus last exclamation on the cross: “Father into your hands I commit my spirit” a prototype for Christians to copy, or paraphrase, when they face imminent death? What is a Protestant answer on ...
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Since when did the Catholic church accept Protestant baptism, and what was the original rationale for accepting?

This is a historical question. I'm interested in the earliest instance that the Catholic Church (whether by the Vatican or by a bishop) accepted a Protestant baptism for a catechumen (a convert), ...
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If I'm not Catholic, will a Catholic priest bless my home?

If I'm a Protestant, and ask a Catholic priest to come bless my home, does the Catholic Church allow him to?
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What is a Protestant understanding of Jesus' fasting in the wilderness?

According to mainline Protestantism (Lutheran, Anglican, Reformed, Methodist) what is the reason why Jesus fasted for 40 days in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11): Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into ...
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Can a Catholic mass be said for a deceased Protestant?

Can a Catholic mass intention be requested by a Catholic family member for a deceased Protestant relative? If yes, will his/her name be spoken during the Universal Prayer along with other Catholic ...
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Is Covenantal vs Dispensational just a terminology difference?

How do scholars differentiate between a Covenantal and Dispensational view of Biblical understanding? Covenant people criticize Dispensationalists for cutting up the Bible narrative into distinct ...
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Is the Bible God?

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God According to John 1:1, "The Word is god". We all know that the Bible is the word of God; therefore, is John 1:...
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Are declarations of heresy limited to the denomination that made them?

Take for example Pelagianism, which was condemned as heresy at the Council of Carthage in 418 (disclaimer: I am not at all inclined to believe Pelagianism or attempting to discuss the specific ...
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What is the Protestant view of communal living?

What is the Christian, more specifically Protestant, view of communal living? By communal living I mean things like shared housing and intentional communities. I can't find any teaching that would ...
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The Early Protestant Reformers largely venerated Mary, when did this sentiment change and why?

It seems that various famous reformers venerated Mary but in my experience there is a general disregard of Mary in modern Protestant denominations. When did this sentiment historically wane? I'm ...
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Were the reformers able to ordain other people to be elders, deacons, and bishops?

I know that the major reformers like Martin Luther, Zwingli, John Calvin, etc. were Roman Catholic priests that became Protestant. According to Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, priests can't ...
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Has a substantial case been made from the New Testament that burning heretics is against the will of the Spirit?

Heresy is defined by the Roman Catholic Church as "the obstinate denial or obstinate doubt after the reception of baptism of some truth which is to be believed by divine and Catholic faith" (...
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By what mechanism does Faith lead to Salvation?

As I understand, Evangelical Protestants believe that Jesus took on the sins of humanity through his death, acting as a substitute for the target of the justice of God, and that salvation comes ...
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Protestant view on the canon [closed]

I am currently researching the Protestant view of the biblical canon and have encountered a variety of perspectives on the infallibility of the canon. For instance, the renowned Reformed theologian R....
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Did the Roman Catholic Church attempt (through government/university influence) to ban publication of Protestant Literature in the early 1500s?

I am merely seeking validation, or otherwise, on an article appearing on Reddit/Ask Historians, regarding the 'Index Librorum Prohibitorum'. This came to attention recently as Elon Musk has called for ...
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How do Evangelicals define Expository Preaching and how prevalent is it within Protestantism?

For the first five years of my Christian life I was blessed by the expository preaching of a U.K. Baptist minister. Sermons were usually 45 minutes in duration and the word of God was preached ...
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Earliest mention of Catholic Church as Antichrist? [duplicate]

What is the earliest recorded instance of the popes being identified as the Antichrist or the Whore of Babylon, and who was the figure responsible for making this claim? Additionally, how did this ...
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According to Protestants who hold that belief in Trinitarianism is necessary for salvation, what happens to those who assent but don't understand?

It seems some Protestants hold that belief in Trinitarianism is required for salvation. According to those who hold this, is there a distinction between Christians who assent to this and understand ...
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Do mainline Protestant seminaries in the United States involve rigorous study of Hebrew and Greek?

To what extent do mainline Protestant seminaries in the United States involve rigorous study of Hebrew and Greek? What is the minimum course load in learning these languages? How rigorous are such ...
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Do the various branches of Christianity all claim to be representing the true content of the original foundation and original founder?

Someone I know made the following claim to me: "The various branches of Christianity all claim to be representing the true content of the original foundation and original founder." (As ...
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Are Protestants with valid baptism Catholics, from a Catholic perspective?

From a Catholic perspective: The Catholic Church considers Protestant baptisms valid. Baptism removes all penalty of sin, so whoever is validly baptized is saved. There is no salvation outside the ...
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Cajetan's view on the canon

Did the famous Papal Legate, Cardinal Cajetan reject the catholic view of deuterocanonical books? “Here we close our commentaries on the historical books of the Old Testament. For the rest (that is, ...
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Reformers on the visible church?

Did the reformers believe that Christ's church was visible?
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From a Catholic's perspective, is it better to be atheist or Protestant?

From a Catholic perspective, what's the worst for a person between being Protestant and atheist? I mean, Protestants are still Christians who believe in god and Jesus, but if an atheist becomes ...
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Did historical protestants identify themselves as "catholics"?

Did Historical protestant churches like Lutheran, Calvinist, Anglican, etc... and their founders identify themselves as lowercase "catholic"(Universal in sense) in their founding years? or ...
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Pope anti-christ Protestant belief? [duplicate]

There is no other Head of the Church but the Lord Jesus Christ (Eph 1:22; Col 1:18): nor can the Pope of Rome, in any sense be head thereof; but is that Antichrist, that man of sin and son of ...
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How does the interpretation of consumption of flesh and blood differ in certain denominations?

During a mass, there's the moment when the congregation express their connection to Jesus by consuming his (metaphorical) flesh and blood (in practice, wine and bread). Today, we discussed that ...
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How many wives can a Christian have?

How many wives can a Christian have is it allowed to have 4 or 3 wives? Can I have marriage of multiple women as a believing christian?
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