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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 there any examples of premillennialism being suppressed before the Reformation?

(Follow-up to my recent question about the reappearance of premillennialism in modern times.) It is commonly claimed that the reason premillennialism disappeared following the time of Augustine was ...
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Did St. John Vianney Ever Directly Say Anything About Scruples?

I am currently working on a project devoted to the thoughts of the Curé of Ars (St. John Vianney) on various topics. One of the topics is scruples. St. Alphonsus Liguori, for instance, has this to ...
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Looking for a Complete Online Collection of Fr. Jean Baptiste Saint-Jure's "The Knowledge and Love of Our Lord Jesus Christ"

According to the New Catholic Encyclopedia: [Fr. Jean Baptiste] Saint–Jure had immediate success as a writer and exercised a profound influence upon the Christian piety of 17th-century France. His ...
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What is the Name of This Cross?

In the approbation given the 1854 edition of St. Alphonsus Liguori's Preparation for Death (or Considerations on the Eternal Maxims) one finds: QUESTION: Does anyone know the name of this cross? It ...
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What is the earliest source containing the 'Stabat Mater' melody from the 1961 Liber Usualis?

I would like to find the earliest source containing the Stabat Mater melody on page 1634V from The Liber Usualis, Solesmes, 1961 edition: If the earliest source is not known, I would like a source ...
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What is the oldest instance of a Christian scholar saying that an issue is OK to disagree about?

There's an infamous story from early church history of the dispute over the correct date for celebration of Easter, which got so heated that people even called their opponents heretics over it and ...
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Are there any atheists in the Bible?

Do any people in the Bible self identify as atheists? Or are they all theists, differing in which god they follow? Apparently at least some atheists existed, since David had heard of them: The ...
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Why has the Church of Scotland lost 1 million followers since 2001?

The latest 2022 census of Religion in Scotland shows that there has been an increase from 28% of non-religious people in Scotland (in 2001) to 51.1% (in 2022). The largest decrease has come mainly ...
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Where did St. Catherine of Siena say "Nothing great is ever achieved without much enduring."?

Where did St. Catherine of Siena say "Nothing great is ever achieved without much enduring."?
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Has Protestant Christianity established a list of essential attributes defining a "personal relationship" between a human and God?

Scope: I'm seeking answers from Protestant denominations. The concept of a "personal relationship" is fairly natural and intuitive when we think of the interactions between two human beings,...
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Has the LDS Church established a list of essential attributes defining a "personal relationship" between a human and God?

Scope: I'm seeking answers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The concept of a "personal relationship" is fairly natural and intuitive when we think of the interactions ...
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Has Catholicism established a list of essential attributes defining a "personal relationship" between a human and God?

Scope: I'm seeking answers from Catholicism. The concept of a "personal relationship" is fairly natural and intuitive when we think of the interactions between two human beings, like ...
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Hugh of Saint-Cher's complete Bible commentary (Postillæ in totam Bibliam)?

"Hugh of Saint-Cher († 1263) was the second Dominican Master of Theology in Paris, and the first Dominican cardinal" (n. 39) who, "through the persuasion of Master [St.] Albert [the ...
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Book of Mormon writers by verse

According to the Book of Mormon itself, it was written by many ancient prophets. The authors of this study made the assumption that the writers of each verse, or partial verse, could be identified ...
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Help locating this reference to St. Augustine?

I am looking for a reference to St. Augustine that seems archaic and doesn't correspond to what I'm finding in my search. The reference is from Fr. James L. Meagher's 1906 book How Christ Said the ...
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Did the Annunciation and Good Friday coincide?

As we know, Good Friday falls on March 25 (2016) this year. In Catholic and Orthodox Churches, March 25 is also the Feast of the Annunciation. A priest friend of mine, told me there was once a ...
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Why do Old-Earth Creationists and Theistic Evolutionists reject (purported) scientific evidences for a young Earth?

I previously posed the question Does Young Earth Creationism presuppose Biblical inerrancy?, an answer to which contended that one doesn't need to rely on Biblical inerrancy or a specific exegetical ...
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St. John Henry Newman on Conscience and the Pope

Here (On Conscience and the Pope) is found an essay written by St. John Henry Newman. It begins as follows: IT seems, then, that there are extreme cases in which Conscience may come into collision ...
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The Fourth Lateran Council on Conscience

According to St. John Henry Newman (in his essay on Conscience): However, Papal Encyclicals Online, says nothing of the sort. Unlike previous Councils, the proceedings were not formally recorded. ...
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How important is the discipline of textual criticism for Christian apologetics?

Does a Christian apologist aiming to uphold the accuracy and reliability of modern Bibles require a strong understanding of textual criticism? Put differently, when making a comprehensive argument ...
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A quote attributed to Luther about "issues which deal specifically with your time"

I saw this quote: “If you preach the gospel in all aspects with the exception of the issues which deal specifically with your time, you are not preaching the gospel at all.” — Martin Luther What was ...
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Did Augustine suggest that the differences between Matthew and Luke's genealogies mean Joseph was adopted?

The Bible says that Joseph was not the biological father of Jesus because Jesus was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit. However, I have heard that Augustine may have suggested that the ...
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Are there prominent textual criticism books defending the faithful preservation of the gospels in modern Bibles compared to the original manuscripts?

Numerous skeptics assert that modern Bibles are the result of a succession of copies of copies of copies of copies, implying that across centuries of transcription, translation, and interpretation, or ...
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Have there been notable scientific research articles with ground-breaking results in Young Earth Creationism research?

I previously asked Are there scientific research articles published in reputable journals that provide supporting evidence for Young Earth Creationism?. Here I'm relaxing the conditions. In other ...
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Are there scientific research articles published in reputable journals that provide supporting evidence for Young Earth Creationism?

I'm interested in whether there are peer-reviewed scientific articles, particularly in respected journals like Nature or Science, that offer supporting evidence for Young-Earth Creationism. This ...
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Searching for Extended English Language Bibles

There are Luther (German) Bible to English parallels out there, however, the Luther Bible includes the Apocryphal texts and the English parallels do not. What I want to know is if there are any ...
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What explanations do Christian theodicies offer regarding God's commanding the Israelites to slaughter the Canaanites, including their children?

Deuteronomy 20:10-18 ESV 10 “When you draw near to a city to fight against it, offer terms of peace to it. 11 And if it responds to you peaceably and it opens to you, then all the people who are ...
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Is there a list of verses from the Bible which the Joseph Smith Translation has modified/restored?

Rather than busting out a KJV and a JST and comparing them verse by verse I am lazily hoping that there is, somewhere, a list which has already been generated providing all of the verses from the ...
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Early Christians understood "Scripture" to be the Old Testament alone?

Trent Horn's quote Modern scholars even doubt that they consider the New Testament a divinely inspired authority at all, much less a part of the only infallible rule of faith. Here’s some of those ...
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What is the source for Tertullian's "woman is a temple built over a sewer" quote?

I've seen several different versions of this quotation, but the one constant is: Woman is a temple built over a sewer. Other versions expand on this. Adding items such as Woman is a temple ...
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Which Church Fathers were martyred?

I understand that Foxe's Book of Martyrs (first published in English in 1563) is an exhaustive account of Christian martyrs, both pre- and post-Reformation. However, at a daunting 1,570 pages in ...
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Why was Christ depicted in catacomb paintings either with or without a beard?

And do you have any examples of frescoes of Christ with a beard?
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How Many Fathers of the Catholic Church are There; and Where to Find a Reliable List?

Does anyone know for sure how many Church Fathers have been so declared by the Catholic Church (assuming that the last one is St. John Damascene); and where I may find a reliable list of them? Thank ...
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Are there any peer-reviewed scientific publications lending credence to Christian miracles?

Are there any publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals lending credence to any Christian miracle? For example, a peer-reviewed publication validating some "unexplainable" healing ...
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Which Desert Father is known to have undone his work at the end of the day?

I once heard a story of a desert father who would do some work, maybe construction of some type, and then proceed to undo it all at the end of the day, repeating the next day in order to highlight the ...
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Reference request: Trying to locate the reference of a quote by Pope Athanasius of Alexandria about the Trinity

I read this quote for Saint Athanasius of Alexandria in an Arabic book, but I am trying to locate the source (reference) of that quote (in which work for Athanasius), or something of the similar ...
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Where can I find a PDF scan of Rahabi Ezekiel's "Travancore Hebrew New Testament" or "Book of the Gospel Belonging to the Followers of Jesus"?

It is a polemical rabbinic translation of the entire New Testament, allegedly in an uneven and faulty Hebrew, and with a strong anti-Christian bias.
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Edition of St. Vincent of Lerins' "The Commonitory" Approved by the Catholic Church?

One might think that to find a copy of St. Vincent of Lerins' "The Commonitory" (or Commonitorium) that has received some kind of approbation from the Catholic Church would be an easy task. ...
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Grasping the horns of the altar

1 Kings 2:28-29 (NIV) says: 28 When the news reached Joab, who had conspired with Adonijah though not with Absalom, he fled to the tent of the LORD and took hold of the horns of the altar. 29 King ...
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Has any part of St. Alphonsus' Moral Theology translation into English had a valid Imprimatur?

Regarding Mediatrix Press's English Translation project of the 10 Latin volumes of St. Alphonsus's Moral Theology where these 2 volumes (Book 1 to Book 4 part 1) have been published: Volume 1 Book 1 ...
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Catholic Saints Who Have Expressed Thoughts Similar to St. Faustina Regarding Chosen Souls

There are at least three places in St. Faustina's Diary where she writes about the world being maintained by chosen souls; see, for example: 926 And the Lord gave me to know who it is that upholds ...
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What are Christian apologetics refutations of the objections posited by the site: Why Won't God Heal Amputees?

The site: Why Won't God Heal Amputees? Relevant quotes: Is God real, or is he imaginary? Is God real, or is he imaginary? It is one of the most important questions you can ask yourself. If God is ...
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In the Writings of the Ancient Greeks---"God is Everywhere Implied"

Elements of monotheism seem to have existed in the philosophies of at least several of the celebrated ancient Greek philosophers; e.g., Parmenides, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. A while back, I ...
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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 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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Middle Ages quaint anniversaries for March 25th?

The following blog has a quaint list of anniversaries for the Feast of the Annunciation: Thus we find in some calendars of the Middle Ages the following quaint “anniversaries” listed for March 25: ...
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St. Athanasius on Papacy?

What did St. Athanasius believe about the Papacy and are there any special mentions of the bishop of Rome in his writings?
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Origin of the saying: Ex Deo Nascimur, In Christo Morimur

Ex Deo Nascimur, In Christo Morimur, Per Spiritum Sanctum Reviviscimus From God we are born, In Christ we die, (and) in (/per) the Holy Spirit we are reborn (revived) This is an old ...
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Is there a systematic theology resource based solely on the words of Jesus?

Numerous Bibles have a "The Words of Christ in Red Letter" feature. Understandably, there is some debate concerning which verses and words should be in red (but this question is not about that.) This ...
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What differences are between these study bibles of NIV? [closed]

I found that there are several NIV study bibles, which are all published by Zondervan: NIV Archaeological Study Bible, by Walter C. Kaiser Jr. NIV Study Bible, Fully Revised, by Kenneth L. Barker NIV ...

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