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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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How many times Jesus was montioned in both of Holy Bible and Holy Quran? [closed]

Is there someone here give me the number of citations of Jesus in the original version of the Holy Bible ? I say to you in the Holy Quran He is mentioned 32 times and we have a Surah called Merry ...
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Did Voltaire actually say "If you want to kill Christianity, you must abolish Sunday"?

Recently I was listening to a defense of the observation of the Sabbath, and within it the speaker quoted Voltaire as saying something like: If you want to kill Christianity, you must abolish ...
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I'm looking for an obscure version of John 4:32

Many years ago, I read, heard, or saw the latter half of John 4:32 as follows: "I have meat you/ye know not of," but now, I can't find it written that way anywhere. On BibleGateway, the end of ...
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St. Augustine and woman sexuality? [closed]

Did Saint Augustine of Hippo say that "inter urinas et faeces nascimur" (we are born between urine and feces). As I understand this fragment implied the inferiority of female sexuality as something ...
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What have Christians taught during past plagues and pandemics?

Christians have lived through many major plagues, epidemics, and pandemics over the past two thousand years. Some of the most severe pandemics were the Plague of Justinian and the Black Death, both of ...
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Proof of sacramental absolution required for marriage in France during the French Revolution?

Proof of sacramental absolution required for marriage in France during the French Revolution? I remember reading an ecclesiastical works of how the Catholic Church had suffered during the French ...
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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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Source for Biblical Moral Stories [closed]

Does anyone know of a good book, website, or general source that focuses on telling the the different narrative form moral-stories of the Bible (e.g. Peter walks on water with Jesus, doubts it, then ...
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Is there any truth to the story that Martin Luther claimed he "bought" hell from a priest?

We have this in our country, I googled it but didn’t find something like this, just found that Martin Luther had something to do with Indulgences. So is it true or is just some nice writing and good ...
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Are there any well-known Christian nihilists?

I have been studying Nietzsche, and I find his ideas thought-provoking. Doing a wider search of the literature on the subject of nihilism, I note that very nearly all of the content that espouses ...
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Old testament: where is Eternal Life and Judgement discussed? [closed]

When Jesus was teaching of eternal life (Rich man and Lazarus, also Martha and Mary's brother Lazarus being raised from death) the people listening didn't think it was a new and novel idea: your soul ...
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Did any medieval Catholics believe in the possibility the repentance was possible immediately after death?

Did any medieval Catholics have a pious belief that immediately after death, God gave people a last chance to repent of their sins and thus save their immortal soul from going to hell for all eternity?...
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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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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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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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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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Origin of the adage, ‘He went to be with the LORD.’?

This is a popular saying in Christian circles at funerals or when a person has recently died. Is there a biblical basis for this phrase?
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Does Nehemiah Gordon self-identify as a Christian? [closed]

Does Nehemiah Gordon self-identify as a Christian? Does he believe that Yeshua is the Christ ? I heard that his conversion story exists on the internet but I am unable to find it. If someone can help ...
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Is there a digitized version of the Tyndale Bible available?

Is there any websites that have a digitized version of William Tyndale's Bible online?
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Seeking a Catholic framework for interpreting Bible verses about God's rewards that are commensurate with a believer's work [closed]

In the Bible there are passages hinting at optional extra rewards that God promises to believers who perform meritorious works on earth. I'm referring to different degrees of rewards that God gives ...
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Is "There's more sanctity in a dog's loyalty than there is in all your human laws." a quote from the Holy Bible?

I just saw an episode of The Simpson's on television (S28E22 - Dogtown), in which during a courtroom scene, the judge turns to the jury and says: Now, I have a brief instruction for the jury: ...
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Source for this alleged quote from Martin Luther?

The following quote is often attributed to Martin Luther: "When I look at myself, I don't see how I can be saved. When I look at Christ, I don't see how I can be lost." However, after an ...
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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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What author gave this illustration of truth via a backyard fence?

Long ago I was told a story, which is now probably corrupted in my mind, that makes a good illustration of the relationship between rules and freedom in Christianity. It goes something like this: a ...
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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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Help identifying a large FAQ about women pastors made by John Piper and someone else

I don't know if was a book, article, or interview, but recently I read a document which contained 30-50 question and answer items related to women as pastors. I know it was by John Piper and ...
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Where does Grace reside? (Catholicism)

According to the teachings of the Catholic Church (infallible or not), where does Grace reside? I would imagine the answer is "in the soul". I've searched for concrete answers in the Catholic ...
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Are there any Catholic saints or notable theologians that have interpreted 666 in the manner as explained below?

Are there any Catholic saints or notable theologians that have interpreted the the Beast of Revelations number 666 in the following way? The first 6 is linked to the six days of creation and in the ...
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What happened to "the last seminary" website

It used to be in the web "my last seminary" / "summer seminary site" with a lot of links for topics on philosophical and theological issues. Does somebody know to where it migrated or mirrors?
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Could you please help me locate this hymn?

I heard a sermon that was recorded in the 1980s. The speaker was Dr. Paul E. Toms, who at the time was senior pastor at Park Street Church in Boston, Massachusetts. In his sermon, Dr. Toms ...
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Is there any good book on history of the heresy of Modernism?

Is there any good book on the history of the heresy of Modernism (=synthesis of all heresies)? I am interested in how modernism came to be and how it survived St. Pius X attack on it. It would be good ...
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What date to place the patronal feast day of St. Mary’s Church?

According to Catholicism, what are the norms or rubrics that explain what is the patronal feast day of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, when no particular mystery or other title has been indicated? In my ...
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Received the truth in the love of it

This (famous) quote from Margaret Fell includes, ... and I did as the apostle saith, I ‘received the truth in the love of it’. Does "the apostle" there imply that's a quote from the New Testament? ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 source for Martin Luther's quote against the use of pipe organ music?

I've heard it said that Martin Luther condemned the use of pipe organs, saying that they were somehow evil. What is the source for this quote? Or is it falsely attributed to Luther?
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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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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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Why couldn't a person in the OT be both priest and king?

In 1 Samuel 13, Saul is king and yet performs priestly duties even though he shouldn't have. Samuel rebukes Saul and tells him that his kingdom is slowly coming to an end because of his disobedience. ...
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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 ...