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Is there a name for this paradox and how is it refuted?

tl;dr - how can heaven be paradise if those there are aware of the suffering of others in hell? I think that creates a paradox. My logic goes like this: Heaven is for followers of Christ. It's ...
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Which Christian theological frameworks support anchoring one's faith in a direct encounter with God?

I've identified several potential pathways for why someone may embrace Christianity: Option 1: Influence of birthplace, culture, and upbringing, possibly resulting in a 'cultural Christian'. See ...
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If works must follow from a genuine faith, how can a Christian still sin?

Does a Christian just temporarily stop believing that Jesus died and rose again every time they sin or something?
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Has the Global South been influential in the old churches they derive their existence from?

It is said that there are more Anglicans attending Sunday morning services in Nigeria alone than in all the United Kingdom. Recently the archbishop of Lagos has effectively excommunicated the ...
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More examples of transubstantiation other than in the Holy Mass

Are there examples of transubstantiation that happens in other places/moments that are not in the celebration of Mass? I mean, somewhere in nature or in psychology, maybe philosophy. I am asking this ...
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Were there any lay Christian writers in the Early Church?

Were there any lay Christian writers/theologians as prominent as Church Fathers in the Early Church? Also, why was there a lack of laity representation in bible studies and theology?
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Great commission applies to all believers, but the laity does not baptize. Why?

I just noticed that while we are told that the great commission applies to all believers in the sense that we are to share the gospel, we don't normally baptize those we help believe. Instead, we ...
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Have a doubt about God in general?

God is the cause of all things, and the creator of all things. God is eternal, never ending and timeless, with no beginning or end. Him and all of his attributes are eternal and never ending. This ...
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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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Can God ground his own parts?

One of the motivations behind the doctrine of divine simplicity (DDS) is that if God was composed of parts, God would depend upon those parts to exist and hence there would be something more ...
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Bema judgement of bad works

Bible commentators generally believe that Christians will be rewarded for good works at the Bema judgement. I am unclear of the purpose of judging my evil/bad/worthless works after I am already saved ...
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If Jesus Christ was born without the original sin, then how could He have died?

Death was introduced after the original sin (Adam was immortal until the fall), some people even think that Our Lady didn't die but just was assumpted in her sleep. If Christ didn't have the original ...
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How does not the communion of the Saints invalidate the need for the bodily ressurection?

Since the saints are said to be in the grave, if someone has answered that their spirits are in communion with Christ and interceding, then there would be no importance of the resurrection of bodies. ...
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God’s View on Incorrect Theology [closed]

While there is a ton of material on correct theology, I’m curious to find out God’s view on bad theology. In Paul’s letters, he seems to acknowledge the churches he addresses as brothers and sisters, ...
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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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Did Joshua worshiped the Ark of the Covenant?

Joshua 7:6 Then Joshua tore his clothes and fell facedown to the ground before the ark of the Lord, remaining there till evening. The elders of Israel did the same, and sprinkled dust on their heads. ...
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The Catholic Church seems to teach that we cannot ask the saints/angels for anything else other than to pray for us, but I don't understand why?

Angels have powers inherent to their nature. So why can't we just ask an angel to use his power to help us, instead of asking the angel to pray for us while we wait for God to grant the request? If it'...
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Can punishment for unintentional sins be reconciled with Christians knowing they have eternal life?

My question isn't so much about reconciling specific Scripture passages as it is about reconciling two teachings supported by Scripture, so I'm asking here rather than on Hermeneutics. I'm wondering ...
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Is the study of God like philosophy?

I don't believe God is real. However, I figured out that it is as if God exists. I want just a yes no answer. Otherwise, I won't be able to understand the answer. It was only recently that I figured ...
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What has Jerusalem to do with Athens?

Today's reading on Exodus 90 said: The early Church writer Tertullian (~155–220 A.D.), known as the father of Western theology, once posed the question, “What has Jerusalem to do with Athens?” The ...
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What's the biblical basis for a difference between children and offspring of God, if any?

People will commonly use terms like child of God, offspring of God, or descendants of God interchangeably. Do these terms mean and reference the same thing, or are they distinguished in some way in ...
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Can God make things disappear?

I understand there is the theology of creation ex nihilo; but has any theologian thought of whether God can make things go from existing to nihilo? In other words, can God make something not exist ...
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According to Protestant New Testament Scholars, can one argue for the inspiration & unity of scripture without using a “theological” claim or method?

Q: According to Protestant New Testament Scholars, can one argue for the inspiration & unity of scripture without using a “theological” claim or method? Suppose I were to argue for the unity & ...
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From a Thomistic perspective, why is there homosexuality among animals?

St. Thomas Aquinas said: "Union of male and female is said to be of natural law, because nature has taught this to animals: yet she has taught this union to various animals in various ways ...
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Can God deliberately bring a good through a moral evil, according to Catholicism?

The Catechism says: God is in no way, directly or indirectly, the cause of moral evil. He permits it, however, because he respects the freedom of his creatures and, mysteriously, knows how to derive ...
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Is God indirectly responsible for moral evil, according to Catholicism?

I thought it was obvious that God is indirectly responsible for moral evil. For example, God created the Devil, and the Devil freely chose to do evil. But the Catechism says "God is in no way, ...
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What is the Catholic Church's view on the appointment of theologians by NASA to study the impact of belief in ETs, in the context of Gen 6:1-3?

Of late, there has been a news on the appointment of theologians by NASA to study the impact of belief in the existence of alien life, on human beings , at http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/heavens-...
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