Questions tagged [tradition]

Referring to one of the two historical sources of theology (Scripture, Tradition). Relates to questions that ask about practices that have historically been the norm, and typically looking for an origin explanation

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What do Evangelical Christians consider "the traditions" to be in 1 Thessalonians 2:15?

Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. What are these "traditions" to Evangelicals?
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From a "traditional", Trinitarian perspective, what is the effect of the doctrine of sin in the doctrine of creation?

Really, I am looking for an answer from a "Trinitarian" perspective, but specifically whoever that Joy Ann McDougall is citing. Source: McDougall, Joy Ann. "A Trinitarian Grammar Of Sin." Modern ...
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Why do many orthodox pastors grow long hair?

I've noticed that many of the orthodox pastors are with long hair. I believe it isn't just because but it has a religious background. What's the reason for that? Is it something wrong with short hair ...
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Why did Joseph and Mary take one day's time to realize that Jesus had been left behind at the Temple?

We read in Luke 2: 43-46, the incident relating to the visit of child Jesus and his parents to the Temple and his `getting lost' at Jerusalem: After the festival was over, while his parents ...
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Why sleep next to an open Bible?

Numerous times in my life I have heard vague references to leaving a Bible open, usually on a table near you, as you sleep. Is this is a real practice? If so what is the purpose? Is it thought to ...
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Does every denomination / sect have a catechism?

In Lutheranism, there's the Small Catechism, Large Catechism, and the Book of Concord, with each book in series getting much larger and having more specific doctrinal material. Even though the ...
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Why are Lussekatter served on St. Lucy's day (i.e. why cats?)?

In researching this question I got sucked into trying to find a connection between St. Lucy's cats and the Nativity. It got my mind wondering if they even have cats in Sweden, but then I remembered ...
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Why did the early Christian church stop building and worshiping in temples?

The use of temples was central during the Old and New Testaments. Christ himself even cleansed the temple by throwing out the money changers who were defiling his Fathers house. John 2:16 Why did that ...
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How did Cain kill Abel?

Genesis 4:8 Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let us go out in the field.”* When they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him. * [4:8] Let us go out in the field: to avoid ...
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According to the Methodist Church, is white grape juice an acceptable alternative in communion?

A Methodist Church has changed from regular grape juice to white grape juice to keep stains from the carpet. Is this a valid Methodist traditional usage? Are there any historical sources explaining ...
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St. Tammany Church?

The popular Indian chief of the 17th century was dubbed affectionately as St. Tammany, the Patron Saint America. St. Tammany Parish (established in 1810) is one of nine Louisiana parishes (counties) ...
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What is the origin for the tradition that Judas Iscariot is the twin brother of St. Thomas the Apostle?

Judas Iscariot is the twin brother of St. Thomas the Apostle? I am not saying that St. Thomas the Apostle's is the twin brother of Judas Iscariot. I am simply seeking resource historical information ...
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The rules on how and when people can wear a cross [closed]

Which principles govern the wearing of crosses? Do some denominations require that it touch the skin, or that it never be removed? Will a cross hung on the neck and one on an ear have different ...
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What is the origin of closing one's eyes during prayer?

I have been a Christian since my youth, but I have never received a satisfactory answer to this question. Why must a Christian close their eyes during prayer? In large services in the west, (I am not ...
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Is there any biblical basis for the Church to depict Jesus as a European or some other ethnic race?

The reason I ask is that the Most Rev Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury (Anglican Church of England) was recently interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme and said that in the wake of Black ...
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What was the hour of the Annunciation?

I'm reading Benedict XVI's "Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives" and he indicates how Gabriel appeared to Zachariah in the evening. Also Gabriel appears to Daniel (Dn 9, 21) at the same hour: ...
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Is the orientation of a grave facing East required in the Catholic Church?

I noticed in a local rural cemetary that all the graves run east-west. It also appears that the Head stones are on the West end of the vault/coffin. Thus, I intuit that the Head is near the West ...
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How does Protestantism defend the adoption of practices and beliefs not found in the Bible?

I was reading this entry in the Catholic Encyclopedia about the theological concept of Tradition (as a source of revealed truth different from the Scripture). The author states that the Protestant ...
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Jewish traditions regarding the Sabbath at the time of Jesus?

What are some of the Jewish (mishnaic) traditions regarding keeping the Sabbath, that were not specified in Torah? I am interested in knowing the traditions especially prevalent during the time of ...
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Connection between the Jesus Prayer and chanting "Jesus!" during worship?

According to Wikipedia: The Jesus' Prayer (Greek: Η Προσευχή του Ιησού, i prosefchí tou iisoú; Syriac: ܨܠܘܬܐ ܕܝܫܘܥ ‎, Amharic, Geez and Tigrinya: እግዚኦ መሐረነ ክርስቶስ,Slotho d-Yeshu' , ) or "The Prayer" ...
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What is the origin of the tradition that priests had a rope tired around them when they went into the Holy of Holies?

We have been told that it was custom for priests to have a rope tied on to them before they entered the tent where the Ark of the Covenant was kept, just in case something happened to them while they ...
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Is there a way to know for sure that a given practice is true Catholic Tradition?

Is there a way to ascertain if a spiritual practice really comes from Catholic Tradition, and is not a fabrication? If, for example, I am told to look at the book of Athanasius in the New Testament in ...
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Evidence that Peter alone was made a Bishop by Christ?

This got my attention. Although I don't currently agree with it, it's an intriguing question which I am open to accept if sufficient evidence is found. Now when I read classical works on the Papacy (...
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Was the Apostle John's exile a major hardship?

From what I understand, tradition says that the Disciple John was exiled to the Island of Patmos. Would this have been an inconvenience or a major hardship?
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Salvation Army and the brass band

I think it is a tradition to have a Brass Band in almost every church in the Salvation Army. I see them performing on many occasions like Easter Sunday and Christmas. Here is a sample image (source): ...
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What are some examples of Sacred Tradition in the Catholic Church?

Currently I am doing a school project on why I believe Sacred Tradition should be used along with Scripture. What are some examples of Sacred Tradition throughout Church history. I would guess that ...
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Did Mary stay with Elizabeth till the birth of John the Baptist?

We read at Luke 1:36 that Elizabeth was six months pregnant when she was visited by Mary. We also read at Luke 1:56 that Mary stayed with Elizabeth for nearly three months. Read together, these two ...
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Do the ancient churches built by the Portuguese have a statue of mermaid on the façade?

My parish church (St Mary's Forane Church, Muttom, Cherthala, Kerala ) in southern India, believed to have been built by the Portuguese in the 16th Century has, among other images, two built-in ...
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The Blessing of Herbs on the Feast of the Assumption?

Is there any confirmed historical evidence as to the origins to support the tradition that the Blessing of Herbs and Fruit is associated with the Feast of the Assumption?
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How do Catholics traditionally understand the divine omnipotence?

You have Saint Thomas Aquinas in the 13th century saying that God cannot do what is intrinsically impossible, but I would like to know what Catholics believed about the divine omnipotence before ...
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Which denominations regulate how a cross is worn on the body? [closed]

In public and private, people wear many different crosses in many manners. Which denominations hold any principles, explicit or implicit, that govern the display of crosses on the body? Speculating, ...
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Who holds the keys to the Kindgom of Heaven? [duplicate]

Jesus says to Peter in Matthew 16:18,19: And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will ...
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How would Jesus write his full name as, in civil records?

Jesus, Joseph, Mary, James, John - these were popular first names used by the Jews in the days of the Lord. Naturally, each would have some additional names like that of his/her father or of the clan/...
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Do Catholics believe in other apparitions like Mary? Or is she unique in this respect?

From the outside looking in, it appears that the Catholic believe that Mary has and does appear to people somewhat frequently. It seems to be called "apparitions" . You read more about them on this ...
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Why was Thanksgiving in the US traditionally the last Thursday before Advent? [closed]

Prior to a change instituted by President Roosevelt I understand United States Thanksgiving was the last Thursday in November. This is invariably the last Thursday before Advent Sunday (Nov 27 - Dec ...
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What exactly is manna?

In the Bible account of Exodus, God gives the Jews a type of bread called "Manna". What exactly is manna? What is in it? Do Jews or Christians still eat it today? If so, do they eat it at certain ...
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What did Catholics do to ease the time and maintain hope during historical pestilences such as the Black Plague?

What did Catholics (and other Christians, if applicable) do to ease the time of historical pestilences such as the Black Plague (1347 to 1351), especially in quarantine areas? I can imagine that ...
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Where within Biblical Scripture does it mention anything similar to the official Catholic and/or Orthodox church's hierarchy of church officials?

Where within biblical Scripture does it mention anything similar to the official Catholic and/or Orthodox church's hierarchy of church officials? Catholic and/or Orthodox church's may point to (2 ...
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How to propose a change in a prayer?

How can I go about proposing a change in a prayer? Or how can I have the change approved by the Catholic Church or their theologians? I'd like to change the prayer of Hail Mary from: Holy Mary, ...
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Is Matthew 17:24 a reference to the Fiscus Judaicus?

Matthew 17:24 says: "After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma temple tax came to Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?” My ...
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What is the biblical basis for the assignment of patron saints?

Within Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy specifically (there may be more) there are many patron saints. Is there any biblical basis that exists for the assignment of a patron saint?
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What do Catholic traditions say was the real name of St. Thomas?

The Gospels do not mention the real name of St Thomas, unlike in the case of other apostles. The name Thomas (Koine Greek: Θωμᾶς) given for the apostle in the Gospels is derived from the Aramaic or ...
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Is there a tradition of breaking pottery in the Paschal Liturgies of the Eastern Churches?

As a Melkite deacon, I'm familiar with the liturgical practices of the Eastern Churches. However, I've just seen a youtube video of something I've never heard of, and can't explain. Near the end of ...
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Do the teachings of Catholic Church prohibit the use of “Amen” for purposes other than prayers?

Amen is a secular word of Greek and Hebrew origin, and is used to express solemn ratification (as of an expression of faith) or hearty approval (as of an assertion). The Church has been associating ...
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Did Jesus have His Last Supper standing?

At Exodus 12:11 we see the Lord instructing the Israel on how to go about the first Passover : " This is how you shall eat it: your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your ...
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Who was who at the Crucifixion of Jesus on the Cross?

Who was who during the Crucifixion of Jesus, who is called the Christ? Just recently I came across this question: Who witnessed the crucifixion? I desire to expand this question to extra biblical ...
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Why is the story of Joachim and Anne considered true in tradition but mentioned only in apocryphal works?

Recently I have been reading about different Christian traditions that aren't neccesarily written in scripture but have been accepted by the RCC (and sometimes Orthodox Church) as tradition and true. ...
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What is the purpose of the rosary and why do some differ in the amount of beads they contain?

Should a Rosary be made of six or twelve beaded sections? Does it symbolize something specific or is it simply an object created to reflect something in the Catholic religion?
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What evil things did Alexander the copper-smith do to Paul in 2 Tim. 4:14 that led to Paul saying God will recompense him?

In 2 Tim. 4:14, Paul said that Alexander the copper-smith did many evil things to me; the Lord will recompense him according to his works. Is there any tradition on what exactly Alexander did ...
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Why does the priest say the words of the consecration in a low tone in the EF when Jesus probably did not say it in a low tone?

In the Extraordinary Form of the Mass (the so-called "Tridentine Mass" or "Latin Mass") the words of the consecration are said in a low tone. In the Ordinary Form they are said in ...