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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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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?
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Incense, candles, crystal and exorcism (Roman Catholic perspective)

I have read that incense is a bad thing and it can bring demons to your house. However others say it will create a clean house. Rabbi Keduri, some say, did smoke incense, but he did not inhale it, and ...
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How can I find this letter from Ambrose?

In more than one work I encountered the following format: (epist. 50[25],2f) or (epist. 49[59],3) In referring to letters(?) written by Ambrosios of Milan, "epist." is explained as "Epistulae." ...
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In Scripture - Was Prophecy That was Spoken in Good Faith, ever Corrected?

1. Question - A Reference Request: Is there any occasion in scripture where someone prophesied to another and made an honest mistake, or were later corrected? Note: This is apart from any ...
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What is the Biblical Basis for “Schools of Prophecy”?

1. Question - A Reference Request for a Biblical Basis : Is there any Biblical Basis for "Schools of Prophecy" - where People are trained how to use the Gift of Prophecy they already have? Closely ...
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Did a pre-schism Roman Bishop say he is not special? [duplicate]

I heard recently that one of the pre-schism Bishops of Rome went out of his way to say that the Bishop of Rome does not possess any special authority, power, etc over any other bishop and is merely ...
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Philosophical proofs that God must be triune? [closed]

I have heard that many philosophers wrote that God must be triune. What were their arguments? What are some references regarding this topic?
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Origin of quote: “If you wish to speak or hear about God, renounce your own body…”

I've been reading Orthodox Dogmatic Theology by Protopresbyter Michael Pomazansky and encountered this quote attributed to St. Basil the Great: If you wish to speak or hear about God, renounce your ...
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What is the earliest use of the phrase “God the Son”?

Does the phrase "God the Son" appear in manuscripts or early translations (Textus Receptus, Vulgate, etc.) of the New Testament scriptures? If not, when did the phrase enter into the Christian ...
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Where does the bible reference a pagan sun god that was worshipped by the pagan cultures surrounding Israel? [closed]

Where is a pagan sun god referenced in terms of the sun that was created by God?
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What did St. Thomas Aquinas write about Christ's passion?

St. Thomas Aquinas never wrote a complete treatise devoted solely to Christ's passion. So what did St. Thomas Aquinas have to say about Christ's passion?
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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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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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Who wrote the Sub Tuum Praesidium?

The Sub Tuum Praesidium is the oldest known hymn to the Virgin Mary, dating back to somewhere between 250-280. Has any Saint or Church Father ever been ascribed as being the author of this prayer?
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Which Catholic writer(s) has compared St Paul's “third heaven” to the third stage of interior prayer?

There is a Catholic author who compared St Paul's vision of the third heaven to the third or final stage or way of perfection. I can remember reading it some years ago, but cannot recall it now. This ...
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Who first said, “We are all born Pelagians?”

In What Is Reformed Theology? R. C. Sproul attributes the following quote to Roger Nicole, a 20th century Reformed theologian: We are all born Pelagians. (source) By this, Sproul means to say that ...
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What is the source of the quote attributed to Origen, that “the soul has neither beginning nor end”?

Related answer: Is there any substance to the claim that Origen supported reincarnation? The following quote is widely attributed to Origen in books and on the internet (e.g., here and here): The ...
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Epiphanius: where does he describe Indians as the descendants of Abraham and Keturah?

The Austrian Carmelite Paulinus a Sancto Bartholomaeo in his book "Darstellung der Brahmanisch-Indischen Götterlehre, Religionsgebräuche und bürgerliche Verfassung" (1797) states that Epiphanius was ...
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What is the relation of Jesus's and Jonah's boat stories?

Studying about "sleep" in the Bible I came across some passages and found out that the story of Jonah and Jesus in boats are quite similar. And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, ...
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What is the name of a film about three brothers saying the Jesus prayer?

I recently learned about a short film featuring three brothers who live on an island. They are (Russian?) Orthodox Christians and practice the Jesus prayer. Eventually, word of their holiness spreads ...
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Does God encourage hurting or killing others in his name in the Bible? [closed]

In the Quran there is this passage: And when the sacred months have passed, then kill the polytheists wherever you find them and capture them and besiege them and sit in wait for them at every ...
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Where is the verse about people sinning because they know God will forgive them?

I've been trying to find a verse I read not too long ago for quite some time about sinning and knowing it's wrong, but sinning anyway because you know God will forgive you. I believe it also mentioned ...
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Where does Calmet write when idolatry began?

I saw someone mention that Calmet writes that idolatry was started by Ham or his son Canaan. Where can I find this passage in Calmet's writings?
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Looking for a passage in the Old Testament

There's this person who prays and begs God to kill him but instead an angel comes and gives him water or something like that. I think it's in one of the first readings from April to July 2015, but I ...
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Were any prophets sent to the Canaanites before Jewish immigration?

Were any prophets sent to the Canaanites before Jewish immigration? I seem to recall there was a verse stating there were not, but I wasn't able to find it. Are there any verses in support of or ...
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Wilhelm Gesenius' vowel pointing of the tetragrammaton YHWH

Is there a writing of Wilhelm Gesenius in which he discusses the vowel pointing of the Tetragrammaton that produces the English transliteration "Yahweh"? Does someone have a URL for it?
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If someone claims himself to be Jesus Christ does The Bible tell me to immediately disbelieve him? [closed]

I, as a Christian, believe everything in The Bible. Then I meet a man who claims himself to be Jesus Christ. Can I immediately disbelieve that man based on some arguments from The Bible?
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What are the 19 gifts of the Spirit, as listed by Leslie Flynn?

I recently heard a preacher say there are 19 gifts of the Spirit. That specific number seems to derive from this book by Leslie Flynn. Most lists, including even those that reference this book, tend ...
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Why was Esther not sinning when she broke the law and approached the king?

Here's the text in question: Esther 4:15–16 (ESV)15 Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai, 16 “Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and do not eat or ...
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What is the source and context of this St. Bernard of Clairvaux quote?

The quote What we love we shall grow to resemble. seems remarkably popular. Although it is attributed to St. Bernard of Clairvaux, it doesn't look like anyone who uses it knows which one of his ...
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Where did Aquinas say that the “greatest penalty of sin is the loss of the sense of sin”?

Can someone point to me where St. Thomas Aquinas said that the, "greatest penalty of sin is the loss of the sense of sin"? I heard this from Catholic Answers Live last week.
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Hosea 2:16-17 or Hosea 2:14-15?

Should the following scriptures be Hosea 2:16-17 or Hosea 2:14-15 Complete Jewish Bible: “But now I am going to woo her — I will bring her out to the desert and I will speak to her heart. I ...
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Was there anyone specific who ever argued that God was dead? [closed]

With the movie God's Not Dead and the Newsboys' old song God's Not Dead, it would seem that they are refuting an argument that was made by a specific person who claimed that God actually lived and ...
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First Occurrence of “Sea of Forgetfulness” in Christian Literature

Apparently "Sea of Forgetfulness" is a well known example of Christian jargon. This is news to me, as I have never heard this phrase before today (perhaps because I am relatively young, and this ...
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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 does this reference in the Watchtower Online Library mean?

I found the Jehovah's Witnesses Bible research site (the Watchtower Online Library) and wanted to look up their explanation regarding the year 1914. According to the section highlighted in red on ...
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Research project: am I missing any verses where Jesus addresses wealth and greed? [closed]

This is what I have so far; have I missed anything important? Luke 06:24-25 (woe to rich & fed) Luke 12:15-21 (rich fool parable) Luke 16:19-31 (rich man & lazarus) Mark 10:23-24 / Luke 18:...