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What did George Fox mean by "inner light" and how does it differ from the mainstream "illumination of the scripture" by the Holy Spirit?

I went down a rabbit fox hole reading the original sermons of the founder of the Quakers (pun intended). I was not that familiar with George Fox and I found it very illuminating to read his works ...
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Similarities and differences between Christian Mysticism and the Charismatic movement?

Mike Riccardi writing at The Cripple Gate seems to express antagonism and criticism toward both concepts: They claimed to be receiving new revelations, prophecies. And with that they were being led ...
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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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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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What is the Biblical basis for Christians having a "personal relationship" with Jesus/God?

Previous questions have already explored various facets of the notion of having a "personal relationship" with Jesus/God, such as: What do Christians mean by a "personal relationship&...
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What is affective spirituality?

In St Augustine's Confessions (Book X, Chapter 27) we read: Late have I loved you, beauty so old and so new: late have I loved You. And see, You were within and I was in the external world and sought ...
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Was Moses "Jewish"?

If Moses was of the tribe of Levi from both parents Exodus 2:1-3, and he never lived in Judah/Judea, in what way was he a Jew/Judean G2453 or "Jewish"? I have an understanding based on ...
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Are there Christian theological traditions that believe in contemporary miracles but reject contemporary miraculous gifts?

I'm intrigued by whether Christians holding such beliefs exist and how they rationalize their stance. Is it coherent to affirm that God still performs miracles while denying the ongoing bestowal of ...
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The concept of being a "Vessel"?

I've been hearing more and more of this concept that humans are vessels, either controlled by the spirit of the world (Satan) or the Holy Spirit (if saved) and that there is no "independent self&...
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From an LDS perspective, what is a key?

In the following verses (and many others), the word "key" is used in an untraditional way. Typically you would use a key to unlock a lock. The supposed "lock" is highlighted in ...
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Can faith be based on hope rather than belief or intellectual assent?

I've been reflecting on the interplay between faith and hope, especially when hope entails some degree of uncertainty and lack of intellectual assent but a strong desire for something to be true. ...
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What terminology do Christians use to describe specific events and experiences in the process of conversion of non-believers?

In the realm of Christian theology, different faith traditions and denominations utilize distinct terminology to signify key events in the conversion process of non-believers. Examples of such terms I'...
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How do Evangelical Protestants understand the relationship between "intellectual assent" and the experience of being "born-again"?

I'd like to start this question by citing the definition of intellectual assent provided by the article Is faith intellectual assent?: To give intellectual assent is to agree with something on a ...
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What is the universe, according to Christianity?

As the title says, what is "the universe", according to Christianity? The term does not occur in the Bible, making it impossible to address this question through hermeneutics alone. However, ...
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How crucial is it for Christians in general (not only LDS) to “gain a testimony” validating the truth of their beliefs?

The idea of “gaining a testimony” is a key aspect of Latter-day Saint teachings, suggesting a special kind of revelatory spiritual experience serving to establish the truth of specific doctrines. ...
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Would a Latter-day Saint ever be comfortable (or is it allowed) to refer to one of their other scriptures as the Bible?

This question is important to an on-going topic on CSE-Meta as to whether the biblical-basis tag has become obsolete. I understand that Latter-day Saints, in using the term Scripture, include not ...
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What is the success criterion for the task of 'seeking God' in Christianity?

The notion of 'seeking God' can be found in multiple passages in the Bible: Acts 17:26-27 26 And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined ...
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Is there a name in Christianity for free prayer vs book prayer?

I can't help but notice how, for example Eastern-Orthodox only pray prayers that are written in books. Either by saints, or clergy, etc. While for example Methodists pray freely, formulating their own ...
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Is making a small joke about a bishop mocking?

My friend was mentioning a bishop, so I bluntly made a joke "What? Like the chess piece?" I got a few laughs from my other Christian friends before that friend who mentioned a bishop said it ...
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Are all Christians expected to have a "positively meaningful and reciprocal conscious relationship" with God?

For context, I'd recommend reading first the answers to What exactly would count as a "positively meaningful and reciprocal conscious relationship" between a person and a God? on Philosophy ...
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Why is intellectual work not considered servile work?

Why is intellectual work not considered servile work prohibited by the 3rd Commandment on Sundays and feast days? Doesn't the soul need rest just as much as the body those days? St. Thomas, defending ...
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What does the term "hearing Mass" mean?

Sometimes people use the term "hearing Mass". For example, it is used in the Six Precepts of the Church where it is a translation of the Latin "Missam audire": To hear Mass on ...
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Is there a Christian term for the condition of a person who subjectively feels incapable of experiencing a spiritual connection with God?

In the realm of philosophy of religion, I'm acquainted with concepts like divine hiddenness and the idea of a non-resistant non-believer, which refers to someone open to, yet lacking, a genuinely ...
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How does the soul fit in with the existence

My question(s) relates to how the soul fits in with the existence "equation" and I have 2 main questions: Is the human soul part of your person or your essence, if essence then do humans ...
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Significance of one divine essence/nature

All human beings share a common nature/essence, yet are not one "being", but the 3 persons of the Trinity share a common essence/nature and are one being. I have 3 questions here: What ...
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Relationship with God vs Fellowship with God, are they synonymous?

Are these synonymous? My question is based on the point of already being a Christian. I’m open to any ideas and eager to hear them. Please note, I’m not looking for definitions of these terms. I’ve ...
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On the English equivalents of κυρικόν and κυριακόν

From ``Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma'' by Ludwig Ott: According to St. Francis de Sales: ``Church comes from the Greek word meaning to call. Church then signifies an assembly, or company of persons ...
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Why are the gospel writers called the "Four Evangelists" in traditional church commentaries / studies, but not in modern Study Bibles?

In viewing and scanning theological literature and commentaries of the past centuries, the four disciples who wrote the Gospels were called "evangelists", the "Four Evangelists". ...
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Naive question: Origin of the Holy Ghost

I have heard that there is a lot of influence from the Greeks in the development of Christianity, the Stoics and Platonists, and the concept of logos, the Word, and Jesus. You can see this in the ...
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Defintion(s) of Faith in the Bible?

According to Heb. 11:1-5 (D-R): Now faith is the substance of things to be hoped for, the evidence of things that appear not. Does the Bible offer what may be considered to be a definition of faith ...
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Terminology for conversions among 3 major Christian branches

"Crossing the Tiber" / "Swimming the Tiber" have come to be the shorthand term for converting to Roman Catholicism, as well as "Swimming/Crossing the Thames" for ...
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How does Roman Catholicism define "the simplicity that is in Christ" found in 2 Corinthians 11:3?

Having just asked this question of Roman Catholicism, which included a fairly lengthy attempt at defining the "simplicity that is in Christ" (2 Corinthians 11:3) from a biblical perspective ...
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When a Council Deprives an Archbishop of "Sacerdotal Communion"?

On pg. 13 of the c. 1930 booklet, "Ephesus and Its Great Council," by T. A. Johnston, is found the following (excerpt from a quote by the said Ecumenical Council on the condemnation of ...
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What is meant by "Catholic Truths" in Ott's «Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma»?

Based, in part, on some rather passionate comments regarding theologians made by user Geremia in the post "Who Said: 'God Did Not Become Man in Order for Man to Become a Theologian'?", I ...
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Is Covenantal vs Dispensational just a terminology difference?

How do scholars differentiate between a Covenantal and Dispensational view of Biblical understanding? Covenant people criticize Dispensationalists for cutting up the Bible narrative into distinct ...
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Why do we say "My Jesus" and then "Our Father"?

In the famous Fatima prayer we say "My Jesus". The Decade prayer: "O My Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in ...
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Why do so many Christian religions claim The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) are not Christian? [duplicate]

What does the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints lack in Christ oriented teachings or doctrine to be considered a Christian church for those who claim otherwise? Maybe it's not what they lack ...
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How does Christianity define "character"?

Recently I've been partaking in multiple discussions regarding the concept of free will on this site (for the curious, see here, here, here, here), mainly because of its relevance in the context of ...
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Are there any other agreed-upon definitions of "free will" within mainstream Christianity?

I've frequently engaged in discussions about Christianity that have revolved around free will, particularly with regards to predestination (and recently as of writing this question, sinlessness) and ...
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Are the Terms "Let Him be Anathema" and "Excommunicated" Synonymous?

In the Douay Rheims, Galatians 1:6-8, for example, we read: 6 I wonder that you are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ, unto another gospel. 7 Which is not another, ...
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What is the difference between Soul and Spirit? [duplicate]

My Question was if there is a difference between Soul and Spirit. I ask this question because it seems like your Soul and Spirit are the same thing. I realized that your spirit and physical body are ...
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Is there a name for the belief that some individuals would always freely reject salvation no matter the world in which they are created?

When God created the world, He had to accept the fact that some of His creatures would sin and ultimately fail to repent and be saved (I'm assuming that universalism is false, to be clear). For ...
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What does "I plead the blood of Jesus Christ" mean?

What does "I plead the blood of Jesus Christ" mean? Is this something Christians say? Supposedly "I plead the blood" is a legal term.
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What does it mean for the Catholic Church to be inclusive?

What does it mean for the Catholic Church to be inclusive? Does inclusivity mean that of race? From one of the links: The St. Louis Mosaic Project Ambassador School program encourages member schools ...
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What does it mean to say a bible translation is "evangelical?"

In this comparison of ESV/NIV/NET translations, several references are made to how evangelical a translation is: I am happy to endorse the ESV, with the understanding that the scholarship, largely ...
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What is the definition of fornication and why? [closed]

In technical terms, that have objective meaning.
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Technical term for a Christology of divine and flesh nature

In the first few centuries, there appears to have been many Christian currents in the Mediterranean and Near East. While Christology was often not a sound basis to delineate between these groups (as ...
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2 Corinthians 5:10 addresses the Judgment Seat of Christ. What is the result of the individuals' judgment?

This judgment is of individual Christians and addresses their actions and attitudes during their human life. The question concerns the result of the judgment. What will change in the believer’s future ...
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How does Catholicism appropriate Aristotle's notion of the 'transcendent third'?

I was reading Bishop Robert Barron's article Silence and the Meaning of the Mass and came across Aristotle's "transcendent third": The Mass is the act by which the Son of God, in union with ...
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