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Use this tag to ask for help to find the source of a quote, or to find a works by Christian scholars and authors on particular topics. Do not use this tag to ask for Bible verses on a topic.

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Are these Messages between Pontius Pilate and Herod real?

Are the messages between Pontius Pilate and Herod real or are there no real epistles found between Herod and Pilate? The source, here is the exact part that I am talking about: From Pilate to ...
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What are the earlier references to Mary?

What are the earlier references, besides the bible, to Mary, be it as a devotion or just as someone that pleased God? Could someone quote some of those references? If there are references besides the ...
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Does Augustine ever say that Christians in his time identify their Deus [God] with the Roman deity Saturn?

I first encountered this notion on p. 30 of R.S. Sugirtharajah's book The Bible and the Third World: Precolonial, Colonial and Postcolonial Encounters (2001, Cambridge University Press). In reference ...
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Where did St. Jerome say this quote about the manger of the nativity?

I have seen on multiple websites, mostly websites about seeing the Holy Land or otherwise pilgrimage-focused sites, that St. Jerome said: If I could only see that manger in which the Lord lay! Now, ...
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Who were the Black Canons on the Augustinian Priory of Inchmahome in Scotland?

Recently, while on holiday in Scotland, I visited the ruins of the Augustinian Priory of Inchmahome on the Lake of Mentieth, near to Aberfoyle and Loch Lomond. The priory was founded in 1238 by the ...
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Where does this famous St. Augustine quote about the repentant thief come from?

There is a very famous quote in French Catholic circles that would be translated as something like: No, I had not studied the Scriptures, but Jesus looked at me on the cross and, in his gaze, I ...
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The Glory Be prayer and consolation - Catholic Spirituality

Is there a Catholic author who discussed how praying the Glory Be prayer can provide consolation? I am looking for a book/article on that topic.
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What was influence of Thomism on the Council of Trent?

What was influence of Thomism on the Council of Trent? Did anyone study this question and write some article, essay or book on this topic?
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Essenes' Beliefs in Comparison to Christianity

Does anyone know (with sources) what the Essenes taught and believed in relation to what Christ taught? Sources are much appreciated.
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In what work does Thomas Merton discuss atheists or people who do not accept faith?

I vaguely recall (from some lecture or reading) that supposedly somewhere in Merton's writings he comments on people who struggle with accepting faith. I'm looking for a passage where he is ...
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Did Thomas Merton write “I see no contradiction between Buddhism and Christianity” ? If so, in which writing?

Did Thomas Merton write the following: "I see no contradiction between Buddhism and Christianity" If so, in which writings? I read this in many places such as this one but am unable to find the ...
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Find this quote regarding Inspiration of the Apocrapha

I once read a passage from one of the apocrypha books but I don't remember which one. I believe that it's from one of the books of the Maccabees but I was unable to find it. In paraphrasing, from what ...
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Reference for this “New is in the Old Concealed” quote that is attributed to Augustine?

I've seen the quote, "The New is in the Old Concealed, the Old is in the New Revealed" (such as a question here or the second answer here) or a variation, "The Old Testament is the New Testament ...
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Perowne's quoting John Calvin in Psalm 56

In Perowne's commentary on the Psalms in one volume, he quotes Calvin on page 445 in his treatment of Psalm 56. "Assuredly," says Calvin, "this is the true test and proof of our faith; when fears ...
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What is the source of the Martin Luther's quote, “We all carry about in our pockets His very nails?”

It is easy to find this on a quote site, but I can't find where it is in Luther's writings. I know Luther means that each of us are personally responsible for crucifying Jesus, but wWhat is the ...
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Did any early church Christian writers ever place Origen in a early martyrology or menologium?

Did any early church Christian writers ever place Origen in a early martyrology or menologium? There are many early Church Fathers. Some are canonized saints, while some are not. Origen is not ...
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Reference for Comprehensive Prophecy Analysis in Scripture?

What all resources/expositions/writings have been published as a comprehensive analysis of prophecy in Scripture? Any resources about prophecy in all of Scripture, its fulfillment, extrabiblical ...
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Looking for a cassette tape. Help please if possible

In the mid-to-late 1990s, my family and I went to a Christian book store and bought a cassette that we played to death. Since then we lost the tape and my searches online haven't produced anything. ...
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Where did Augustine say “It is certain that few are saved”?

I've noticed on several sites Augustine is quoted as having said "It is certain that few are saved." Does anybody know the source? I find the quote curious because he ascribes certainty to his ...
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What is the source of this quote from St. Augustine?

In a sermon many years ago a priest (now dead) quoted a phrase from St Augustine : God was drawn down from heaven by the weight of his love. I realise that this is a translation from Latin & ...
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According to the Catholic Church, are Adam and Eve in heaven?

According to this site As we have said elsewhere, Adam and Eve are not called saints in ordinary reference, historical or scriptural. But they may be called saints on their feast day, which is ...
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What are the NIV cross-references? Where do they come from?

In my NIV Bible I see tiny letters inside the text and references to other passages in the margins. Some of these are tremendously helpful, some seem only to relate by the use of one word. Where do ...
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Who said something along the lines of us never knowing more than 1% of our sin?

I have pretty clear memories of John Piper quoting someone else saying that in this life we are never aware of more than 1% of our sin, with the implication being that as we grow in godliness we do ...
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What is the source of the count of 40000 denominations, and how are they classified?

It is often said that there are up to 40 thousand Christian denominations. What is the original source of this claim, and how are the denominations classified?
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What is the source of this quote testifying Mary's assumption?

In the article, The Assumption of Mary: A Belief since Apostolic Times of EWTN it states: At the Council of Chalcedon in 451, when bishops from throughout the Mediterranean world gathered in ...
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Where did Martin Luther say that he placed “his Christ higher than any dogma or council”?

In which of his writings did Luther say something like "I am not trying to be arrogant here, but I place my Christ higher than any dogma or council"?
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What is the fewest number of cardinal electors are needed to validly elect a pope?

What is the fewest number of cardinal electors are needed to validly elect a pope? Pope St. John Paul II, in his Apostolic Constitution Universi Dominici Gregis on the vacancy of the Apostolic See ...
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Has anybody heard the word “beatified love”? Is there a biblical passages or traditions to support this word?

I encounter the word "beatified love" in a comment in other channels and it said that beatified love is higher than beatific vision which a soul can experience in the heavenly kingdom. What am I ...
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A quote from Calvin about all five points?

I have heard that John Calvin either stated, or made reference to, the necessity of holding all 5 points of Calvinism. If one is dropped, the whole system collapses. I can't find this reference. If ...
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Why were Catholic fasting obligations steadily relaxed?

It seems that since the Middle Ages, the fasts prescribed by the Catholic Church were gradually but steadily reduced. Much can be read about the history of these relaxations, but little is said about ...
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Trouble finding these quotes from St. John Chrysostom

I stumbled upon the following quotations from St. Alphonsus' book "The History of Heresies and their Refutation": Gratia Dei semper in beneficiis priores sibi partes vindicat. (St. Chrysos. Hom. ...
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Quotation from Desert Fathers

I am looking for a particular quotation that I believe comes from the desert fathers. I searched the Philokalia but didn't find it. I don't think it was from there anyway, but I looked. In the ...
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What precisely is the sacramental “economy”? In which sense it is an economy?

I have always been puzzled by the use of the word "economy" linked to the sacraments, or in other expressions like "economy of salvation", "economy of creation", Divine "economy" (see full list of its ...
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Where does Augustine say that Adam and Eve were in Eden for just six hours before sinning?

In Calvin's Commentary on Genesis, he spends some time dealing with the question of how long Adam and Eve were in the garden of Eden together before they sinned. He writes: The opinion has been ...
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Did Mary and Joseph become rich with the presents given to them by the magi? [duplicate]

Scriptures tell us that the magi gave Mary and Joseph gold, frankincense and myrrh as presents. Although we do not know the amount given to them, it might not have been just a symbolic amount (e.g. ...
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In which year did Chesterton write the 'I am' (what's wrong with the world) letter?

In which year G. K. Chesterton wrote the letter with the message? Dear Sirs: I am. Sincerely Yours, G. K. Chesterton This letter was an answer to the question: "What is wrong with ...
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What is the purpose of the Penitential Rite in a Catholic Mass?

The Mass in the Roman Catholic Church includes a Penitential Rite, where a Penitential Act is effected. However, as the Roman Misal states (page 55): After this, the Priest calls upon the whole ...
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How did Christians cultivate their knowledge of the Bible before mass-printing of the Bible?

The Bible is by far the most sold book ever. As this site says: Bible Society’s attempt to calculate the number printed between 1816 and 1975 produced the figure of 2,458,000,000 – almost 2 and a ...
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Epiphaneus: “Martyrdom of Peter and Paul”

I’m researching a particular subject in Epiphanius’ writings and have found every often listed reference except one, despite a long, wearying search in every nook and cranny of Google. This reference ...
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What are the major criticisms of the NIV?

While researching for this answer and reading different posts on this site over the past few days, I've come across some criticisms of the NIV I'd never heard before. I've seen articles claiming that ...
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What is the biblical basis for Docetism?

Docetism is the belief that Jesus never took a physical, corporeal form, but He was instead solely spiritual in nature. Passages such as 1 John 2:15, Galatians 5:17, and Romans 7:18 could be ...
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What are the historical arguments against a literal interpretation of Luke 22:44?

This question led me to reread Luke 22:44 in various translations, and I noticed that all of them used a comparison, as if Jesus’s sweat was similar to great drops of blood, but not actually great ...
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What is the process for remarried couples to convert to Catholicism?

I was reading and trying to understand Amoris Laetitia and came up with this question below. The documents talk about irregular couples and basically say that everyone undergoes different timing ...
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Is it possible to describe Christian lifestyle? [closed]

I just finished reading the book "Living a Jewish Life," which explains the lifestyle practices that Jewish people generally follow, regardless of their faith or beliefs. It discusses the holidays and ...
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Are there any universally accepted or non-Abrahamic based records in history that have mentions of longevity of prophets?

Reading from here and Genesis 5 we see that there are mentions of longevity among prophets: Adam – 930 Seth – 912 Enosh – 905 Jared – 962 Methuselah – 969 Noah – 950 Shem – 600 Eber – 464 Abraham – ...
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Where does Jonathan Edwards describe his expectations of the second coming of Jesus?

In a few places I've seen claims that Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758) believed in the imminence of Christ's return. For example: [Jonathan Edwards] was convinced that the world was going to the dogs ...
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Anathemas concerning the soul

In pre-search-engine days, I once found a volume in the library that documented the outcomes of many church councils. At the time, I was particularly interested in the doctrine of the soul, and I ...
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Pre-Vatican II guidelines for vestments

I am looking for Pre-Vatican II sources of guidelines (norms) for vestment making, including their traditional guidelines for lining colors for the priestly vestments that priests wear at the altar, ...
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Sources for Luther and Calvin quotes supporting geocentrism

In response to Copernicus' heliocentric model of the solar system, Martin Luther and John Calvin are reported to have responded showing their support for geocentrism. I have found the following ...
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Where does this Augustine quote come from?

"Sin is believing the lie that you are self-created, self-dependent and self-sustained" -Augustine Which work is this from?