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What is the theological background to the belief that taxation is theft?

Within American evangelicalism a debate has recently been reignited on economic policy, and I've been astonished at the number of people saying that some or all taxation should be considered to be ...
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What role does the Gospel Music Association have in standardizing what is played on Contemporary Christian Music stations?

The wikipedia entry for Christian Metal says that some of the stations which do play said genre: as a whole these larger stations generally maintain a GMA-prescribed format. Christian metal (...
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What are the receptions of Olivet Assembly in these countries?

What are the receptions and reputations of Olivet Assembly in these countries? US South Korea China (Is it also called Young Disciples of Jesus (耶稣青年会)?) From limited search results, it looks like ...
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Will a Greek Orthodox priest in America marry a couple who haven't civilly registered the marriage?

A senior citizen couple I know were married in a Greek Orthodox church ceremony without ever obtaining a marriage license. The priest agreed to do this. Is this allowed by the Church? I know several ...
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What is the contribution of Cavanagh Altar Bread?

What is Cavanagh Altar Bread? Why do churches in America prefer to use the product for Communion wafers?
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Is the USA mentioned in the Bible?

I've dug up at least one reference that may be a candidate. Jeremiah 6:21-23 Therefore thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will lay stumblingblocks before this people, and the fathers and the sons ...
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Where can I find the source of "I perish today not because of the crime I committed, but because of the pardon I did not accept"?

From a sermon illustration: That quote was the last words of a young man in southern USA (18th century), who was sentenced to be hung for a crime, whose family had interceded with the governor. The ...
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Automatic Excommunication in 1967?

My father dodged the Vietnam War and we later found his whereabouts to be in New Zealand. My mother tried to get an annulment but was denied. She divorced for abandonment and said she was ...
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Do mainline Protestant seminaries in the United States involve rigorous study of Hebrew and Greek?

To what extent do mainline Protestant seminaries in the United States involve rigorous study of Hebrew and Greek? What is the minimum course load in learning these languages? How rigorous are such ...
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When/who declared the Immaculate Conception the patroness of 🇺🇸?

When and who declared the Immaculate Conception the patroness of the United States of America?
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Blessed Solanus Casey---Prophecy Regarding Disappearance of Large Portions of the United States Due to Flooding?

Some number of years ago, I recall having seen (I am sure it was on television and I believe it was in the 1990s) a documentary (I would like to say it was a show called "Unsolved Mysteries,"...
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Did J. Gresham Machen consider joining an existing presbyterian body before founding the OPC?

J. Gresham Machen is best known for his battle against theological liberalism in the northern Presbyterian church in the US (the PCUSA), first founding a seminary (in 1929) and then an independent ...
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What did pastors in the 1800s in the United States teach their congregations about interacting with Native Americans?

Background During the 1800s, Americans expanded farther west into the territory of Native Americans, which led to many interactions between settlers and Native Americans. From my limited but ...
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Are Catholic schools run by seculars a post-Vatican II novelty?

Are Catholic schools run by seculars (non-religious laity) a post-Vatican II novelty?
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What does Jehovah's Witnesses canon say about the United States, if anything?

Inspired by this other question on the LDS denomination. What I am curious on is if the Jehovah's Witnesses holy writings (whatever they consider "canon") say anything about the United ...
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Why do Latter-day Saints believe that the US Constitution is divinely inspired and what does that mean?

Recent events have brought more attention to some Latter-day Saints who have referred to the US Constitution as "divinely inspired." When did this belief originate? What scriptures do they ...
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What is the Catholic Church's answer to Nancy Pelosi's argument of a double standard between abortion and the death penalty?

US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was recently barred from receiving communion in her diocese by her bishop over her obdurate viewpoint with regard to abortion, in response she said: I wonder ...
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How has opinion on the death penalty among American Catholics shifted since 1974?

In 1974, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), "by a substantial majority, voted to declare its opposition to capital punishment" (source). In 1980, it reaffirmed this stance in ...
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What do Jehovah's Witnesses students do when the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag is recited at American schools?

In a public school what do Jehovah Witnesses do each morning when the Pledge of Allegiance is recited by the students? Do they stand quietly, or do they respectfully remain outside the classrooms ...
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What does title of "Bishop" mean in some African-American churches?

I'm familiar with what "bishop" typically means in mainline, churches. It specifically points to an overseer of several other pastors and/or their congregations. Some African-American Christian ...
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Do all Catholic seminary schools require instruction in Latin and/or Greek?

My son has shown an interest in the priesthood. He seems to have the right psychosexual and behavioral characteristics. Among other reasons, notably, he has no interest in physically intimate ...
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When/why did the [N]RSV become a "Catholic" Bible instead of a "Protestant" Bible?

The Methodist church my aunt grew up in back in the 50s and 60s relied almost exlcusively on the RSV, and she continued to use it until her death a few years ago as her preferred translation. However, ...
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What bible translation did the Unitarians use in 19th century America?

I have been recently reading a lot of Emerson and through this reading I came to know something about William Ellery Channing (the Elder), who was the main voice of American Unitarianism in the 19th ...
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Are priests being "cancelled" by Bishops all over America?

In an interview with Dr. Taylor Marshall, Fr. James Altman says that bishops censuring hundreds of priests from their parishes for speaking out against political issues. Is there evidence that many ...
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What does "Christ was born across the sea" mean in Julia Ward Howe's The Battle Hymn of the Republic?

The fifth verse of Julia Ward Howe's The Battle Hymn of the Republic, as published in 1862, goes like this: In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea, With a glory in His bosom ...
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Is it known which seminary or seminaries produced the majority of Catholic priests who were accused of sexual abuse in the USA?

Is it known which seminary or seminaries produced the majority of Catholic priests who were accused of sexual abuse in the USA? The Catholic Church has suffered from the unfaithful and immoral priests ...
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Which U.S. bishops are unfaithful to Church teaching on homosexuality and LGBT ideology?

Which U.S. bishops are unfaithful to Church teaching on homosexuality and LGBT ideology?
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According to Lutherans, what is the Kingdom of God?

In a conversation with a United States veteran, I was intrigued when his response to Luke 4:5, 6 was that the United States is not included among the "kingdoms of the inhabited earth" because the USA ...
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How far are priests and other religious allowed to go in terms of political endorsements (or non-endorsements)?

In the USA, I've heard priests say that they can't endorse any candidates but the Bishops put out a fairly unambiguous voters guide every election that clearly says there are non-negotiable issues (...
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Is it best not to mention a denomination or branch when talking to a person who belongs to a different one? [closed]

I learn that it is best to avoid talking about politics with others, because people holding different political views can easily become hostile towards each other. As an Atheist, I was wondering a ...
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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 percentage of US Christians are Dispensationalists?

What percentage of US Christians are dispensationalists? I think it has a serious impact on American policy in the Middle East. Dispensationalism is a religious interpretive system and ...
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How could I bring up security concerns at the church that I attend? [closed]

I currently attend a church on Sundays, and this church serves as a synagogue on other days of the week. Currently, there is a bit of security at the entrance, e.g. some security guards in uniform, ...
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How many Pentecostals and Charismatics are there in the U.S. today?

I am currently conducting research which seeks to establish that Charismatic Christianity, which started with Charles Parham in the early 20th century, has had the greatest influence on the church in ...
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What groups advocate and establish "unlicensed" churches in the US?

In the United States, most churches file papers of incorporation and formally apply for 501(C)3 status. A few choose not to, a notable example being the Indianapolis Baptist Temple Church in Iowa ...
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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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In the USA today are there congregations who still follow in the footsteps of J C Philpot?

I hope, God willing, to visit the USA sometime and am looking for congregations who follow J C Philpot and J K Popham 'even as they followed Christ' (I Corinthians 11:1). These men denominated ...
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Why is "Battle Hymn of the Republic" considered to be a patriotic hymn in the United States?

"Battle Hymn of the Republic" is a well-known hymn written around the time of the United States civil war (1861–1865). It is often performed at patriotic events in the United States, like political ...
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Has the US Catholic Church given an imprimatur to any English Bible translations intended for children?

There are several Bible translations that have an imprimatur in the Catholic Church, such as the New Jerusalem Bible. This Wikipedia article lists other translations with an imprimatur, but as best I ...
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I've read that 19th Century and early 20th Century Mormon Utah was very feminist for its time. What evidence supports or contradicts this? [closed]

I've read this claim on a reddit post1 that 19th century Mormon Utah is usually understood as barbaric and very sexist towards women, especially due to polygamy. However the poster argues that 19th ...
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Are those who have a history of eating disorders excused from obligatory Roman Catholic fasts?

Say that a person has a history of eating disorders, such as anorexia or bulimia. Are they excused from obligatory Roman Catholic fasts like those on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday? I've heard of ...
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Why is the KJV frequently said to be the "true" translation?

This question actually centers on the KJV translation itself. It's not hard to find a church in America (particularly in the south) where they believe that the KJV is the one true translation and that ...
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How many copies of the Bible are there per capita?

How many Bibles are in existence, at libraries, warehouses, bookstores, etc.? Also, how many are being produced annually? I am primarily interested in the United States, but a worldwide figure would ...
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Have Christian Scholars been forced to use BCE and CE instead of AD and BC?

In the United States, there is both religious freedom and academic freedom. In the world of academic freedom there seems to be an orthodoxy of non-sectariansim that invades thought and speech. ...
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How did Baptists in the southern US justify slavery as compatible with Christianity?

The wikipedia article on Slavery in the US states: Over the decades and with the growth of slavery throughout the South, Baptist and Methodist ministers gradually changed their messages to ...
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When was the first African American ordained in a US Presbyterian denomination?

In Presbyterianism, a distinction is typically made between preachers who are "licensed" and those who are "ordained." One who is licensed has permission to preach regularly in a particular ...
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What relationship does the Harlem Gospel Choir have to Christianity?

Probably the most famous Gospel choir is the Harlem Gospel Choir. They are known around the world for their excellent performances of African American Gospel music. But to my knowledge, their origins ...
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Online resources for the Churches of Christ (USA)

What are the main online resources for the Churches of Christ (USA)? I've found this: http://cconline.faithsite.com/content.asp?CID=39707 I was hoping to obtain a brief introduction and a few ...
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Was the transition from establishment to voluntary church support made with "little difficulty" in the US?

In A History of American Christianity, Chapter 16, Leonard Bacon writes: The transition from establishment to the voluntary system for the support of churches was made not without some difficulty, ...
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Relative popularity of premillenialism, postmillennialism and amillennialism in North America (excluding Catholics and Orthodox)?

There has been some discussion on SE about the differences between the various schools of eschatological thought surrounding the 1000 years ('the millennium') described in Revelation chapter 20. I am ...