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Questions tagged [protestantism]

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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What did Protestant reformers think about the date and authorship of the New Testament?

Biblical scholars state that the different books of the New Testament were written between 49 and 120 AD, approximately. This means - rather uncontroversially - that the activity of the Church (i.e. ...
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How does Protestantism defend the adoption of practices and beliefs not found in the Bible?

I was reading this entry in the Catholic Encyclopedia about the theological concept of Tradition (as a source of revealed truth different from the Scripture). The author states that the Protestant ...
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Are (or should be) the resolutions of the SDA General Conference public?

Currently I'm doing a little bit of research on how different churches are organised. As far I can understand, the General Conference of the Seventh Day Adventist Church has an important role on ...
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Do Protestants go to heaven? [duplicate]

According to the Roman Catholic Church, do Protestants go to heaven? Ideally I would like quotes from official sources on the matter.
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What clues for the “sola scriptura” Church did the Apostles leave behind?

The question is based on an article, stating For me, powerful evidence that sola scriptura was not in the minds of Christians living in the post-apostolic period is that there isn't a hint in the ...
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How do adherents of sola scriptura respond to “extra” biblical beliefs?

"Extra" in the sense that these beliefs were kept by the Jews but not found in the (39 book) old testament, but nevertheless recorded in the new testament books. And coming he dwelt in a city ...
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Do Anglicans believe the decision on the 66 book canon was infallible?

Do Anglicans believe that the decision taken on the 66 book canon was an infallible decision? (like the attitude the Catholic Church has to the definition of the Canon in the Council of Trent). If so,...
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Is there something in Sirach that caused it to be considered Apocrypha?

My limited research on the topic suggests the only reason Sirach (or Ecclesiasticus or Ben Sira, etc.) was put in the Apocrypha was because the Jewish canon excluded it. As for why the Jewish canon ...
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Where did the rich young ruler hear of eternal life?

Something prompted the young ruler in Matthew 19:16 to ask Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. (Word search for "eternal life": https://www.blueletterbible.org/search/search.cfm?Criteria=...
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According to Protestants, must clergy be ordained by other ordained clergy?

Some of the initial leaders of the Reformation, who presumably ordained later Protestant clergy, were ordained priests in the Catholic Church. But, in (denominational, rather than congregationalist) ...
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Do any Protestants teach that everyone really knows God according to Romans 1:21?

For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. (Romans 1:21, English Standard ...
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What is an overview of Protestant explanations of the difference between dead faith and perfect faith in James 2?

In James 2:17-22 (KJV) it reads: 17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, ...
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Do Mormons have Sunday services?/What does the regular Mormon liturgy look like?

I've gone past a mormon church near my house quite a few times now and I'm keen to give it a visit. However I am prevented by the fact that I can't find any website which lists their service times or ...
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What are the general categories of benefits of being part of a denomination?

It seems most Protestant churches fall under one of two umbrellas: denominational or independent. What is the general rationale for a Protestant church to be part of a denomination rather than being ...
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Did Calvin and Luther believe in free will?

According to the Roman Catholic Church, man’s will is in no way determined but that man has the self-power to will good or evil toward God. Now it seems that Calvin and Luther didn't agree with that....
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Abraham's bosom and Praying to Abraham

I have discovered recently that some Christians believe Abraham's bosom is an literal place. For those who have this view, was Abraham believed to be the ruler of this place? And was it perfectly ...
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According to Protestants, why was Mary troubled at the greeting of Gabriel?

We read the following in Luke's Gospel (1:26-38 DRB): And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name ...
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To the Protestant, what is the benefit a cross inside the church?

From the internet I found that : [a cross is the principal symbol of the Christian religion] I've searched in the internet, all I can find is a question about "why Catholic cross has statue ?" or "...
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How do the Personal Ordinariates differ from Anglicanism?

In 2009 Pope Benedict published an Apostolic Constitution called Anglicanorum Coetibus providing for the creation of Personal Ordinariates for Anglicans who wished to join the Roman Catholic Church. ...
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How would different Protestant denominations reconcile Matthew 5:19 with the notion of being saved by grace?

Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be ...
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Why is the term “hymn” used so frequently to refer to “old-church-hymns?” [closed]

A hymn is any song giving praise or adoration to a deity, so why is it that the term "hymn" is so popular to the traditional songs of Protestants and Catholics, such as Come Thou Fount of Every ...
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Is asceticism defendable under a Christian world view? [closed]

This question is somewhat related to this one. What are the Protestant churches views on asceticism, what does the canon say about the tenants and is it Biblical?
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Salvation for Protestants who knowingly reject Catholicism? [duplicate]

Is there salvation for Protestants who have researched, prayed, and ultimately rejected Catholic teachings? Explanation: I am a Protestant aligning most closely with Baptists. I am engaged to a ...
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What is the biblical basis for the belief that Jesus' death made satisfaction for individual sins?

Among evangelical Protestants, especially, but also in various other quarters of Christianity, it is common to believe that "Jesus died for me" in the sense that Jesus' death made satisfaction for (in ...
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In Korean Protestantism, what is the position of Kwonsa?

In the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), a conservative Presbyterian denomination, there is a sizable contingent of Korean-Americans – they make up 12% of the denomination's members and have 212 ...
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Do the “Anathemas” Pronounced in the Council of Trent still stand today?

My understanding, is that in response to the protestant reformation, Luther in particular, the Catholic Church convened the council of Trent, and put their official doctrines on the issues into ...
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How do “once saved, always saved” advocates explain the Parable about wise virgins?

The Parable Matthew 25:1-13 King James Version (KJV) Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2 And five ...
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Why was Jesus amazed by the Syrophoenician women's faith?

“First let the children eat all they want,” he told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” “Lord,” she replied, “even the dogs under the table eat the ...
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What is a good reference to explain the different protestant sects and denominations?

I would like to gain clarity on the definitions of evangelical, Presbyterian, Baptist, Methodist, Pentecostal, Calvinist, Jesuit, Lutheran, Quaker, puritan, and others. It should explain the main ...
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What resurrection are they talking about? Matthew 22:28

I've developed the habit of not-just-reading the Bible, but dedicated my precious moment-just-after-waking-up time to give some effort to study the Bible every morning slowly. I read the Gospel ...
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How do liberal Protestants reconcile support for transgenderism with scripture?

The Bible does not strike me as welcoming to transgenderism: The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are ...
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According to Reformed theology, does God show special favor to some believers?

I am looking for answer from a reformed theology perspective. I know that there are verses in the Bible that God does not show favor. But at the same time there has been many instances where the son ...
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How many Christian denominations are there?

I read that there are over 30,000 denominations. At the same time, I have read that this number is a gross exaggeration. How many Christian denominations are there?
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Are any fundamental Protestant beliefs historically heretical?

People tell me that heresy is a belief that goes against orthodoy, the core Christian doctrine believed by "most Christians, in most times, in most places." Many Protestant commentators make a big ...
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Where did the formula, “Good works are the fruits of faith,” originate?

A previous question of mine, "What is the biblical basis for the belief that good works are the fruits of faith?" provides examples of Protestant faith statements using the formula, "good works are ...
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How is Article XVII of the Articles of Religion defended by Arminians?

The beginning of Article 17 (XVII) of the Articles of Religion seems to me to clearly teach Calvinistic predestination: Predestination to Life is the everlasting purpose of God, whereby (before the ...
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What does Paul mean when he says “rather we uphold the law”

Romans 3 talks about how we are saved by faith apart from works & the law. At Romans 3:31 Paul tells us: Do we then nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather we uphold the law. From ...
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What is the history behind/Origin of the doxology that often gets added to the end of the Lord's prayer? [duplicate]

Quite often when I hear Protestants recite the Lord's prayer, they include a doxology on the end "For the kingdom the power and he glory are yours, now and forever". I can't find this doxology in the ...
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According to Protestantism why did God choose the persona of a Father?

Throughout the Bible, God uses the persona of a Father. Jesus specifically refers to God as Father, and us as his sons. Why is it significant that God is a Father? And why did God choose the nature ...
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What is the origin of vicars/priests wearing the white dog collar?

What is the origin of vicars/priests wearing the white dog collar, and is there a scriptural basis for such an item?
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Do protestants believe that the New Testament is the final covenant?

Do Protestants believe that the New Testament is the final covenant/testament? For example, many branches which built off Christianity believe the Bible is not complete and requires another revelation/...
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What is the protestant apologetic for James' explicit statement that we are justified by works?

James 2:24, RSVC2E: You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone. Many times I've heard Protestants claim that James isn't really saying what he appears to be saying here. They ...
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Do the conditions for mortal sin apply to non-catholics?

There are three conditions for a sin to be mortal: It must be a grave sin. Eg. Anything from the 10 commandments, Adultery, Murder etc. It must be committed with full consent of the will. The person ...
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What does heaven look like for Protestant vs LDS? [closed]

What does heaven look like for Protestants and the LDS church? What will be our purpose in heaven and what do both faiths believe will be the reward for their work on Earth?
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Does the Lumen Gentium dogmatic constitution say that non-Catholic Christians cannot be saved?

The Wikipedia page on Salvation in Christianity says the following about the Catholic view of salvation of non-Catholics: Nevertheless, individual Protestants aware of the fact that Christ ...
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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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In what sense is the bible is “clear”/perspicuous?

What do protestants mean when they say that the bible is "clear"? I would think that it would mean that people reading the Bible or any part of it generally come up with more or less the same idea of ...
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Do Protestant catechisms teach that man is created by and for God, and God always draws man to himself?

I'm looking for a comparable Protestant teaching, and hopefully the scriptural reference it's based on, for this point within the Catholic catechism. The desire for God is written in the human ...
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Refuting British Israelism

I am looking for materials and/or sources and answers to aid in my research of refuting the belief of British Israelism. Someone at my church is a believer in this and has provided me with materials ...
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Why did the reformers include the book of Hebrews in the canon?

Related: Why was Hebrews included in the canon? It's widely known that Hebrews has been in the canon of most of Christendom for a long time, originally on the basis of Pauline authorship (see the ...