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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, if anywhere, is it explicitly stated that the Church may borrow and adapt heathen feasts?

I think I remember having read some official document of the Catholic Church (maybe even of Vatican II) explicitly stating that the Church, while establishing the Faith in a heathen area or culture, ...
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Are there any Christian denominations that incorporate Odinism?

Are there any Christian denominations or specific churches that incorporate Odinism or Odinistic cultural traditions? Perhaps, as a way to show that the original religion of northern Europe was not ...
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When, how and why did Mary start to be called “Queen of heaven”?

I have four closely related questions on this topic (if overall this is considered too broad, I'm happy to receive advice as to which questions—if any—would be better off in a separate post): What ...
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What is the current Catholic church's view on Haitian Vodou?

Haitian Vodou is the syncretic result of African spiritual systems and Catholicism, basically merging as a result of the transatlantic slave trade and travel to the new world. Many Haitians who ...
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What is the origin of the Evil Eye in Christianity?

My family owns several charms—such as necklaces, bracelets, and small stones—with the Evil Eye symbol on it. My family is Christian, and if I remember correctly the Evil Eye is of Turkish ...