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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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Where does the Bible say along the lines of, “The weakest saint is stronger than the strongest demon?” [closed]

This is definitely a biblical concept, and have heard similar to it I thought. But, when asked to find this by another, I am having little luck.
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What is the biblical basis for saying that Middle East Region will not have peace?

I am not sure if am just imagining this, but I can remember hearing from my Sunday School teacher that "the Middle East will not have peace, according to some Bible verse ... that dooms the region ...
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Would a JW be disfellowshipped if they join a military (and are unrepentant about it)?

On my reading of a Anton Gill's 1989 book "The journey back from hell", he speaks briefly about JWs in the concentration camps. According to Gill, one of the issues the Nazis had with this group was ...
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Has the Roman Catholic Church ever officially condemned the Croatian Ustashi?

I understand the Ustashi (or Ustaše) to have been a fascist organization that dominated Croatia during World War II. This Wikipedia article reputes that Ustashi persecution of non-Croatians was so ...
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If war were to break out between Russia and USA, would Russian Mormons fight against the USA? [closed]

My understanding about Mormon beliefs is that they do serve in armed forces in the country where they live. Also I may be incorrect but, looking at this question, it seems that Mormons hold the ...
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Israel without spears and the value of a shekel

It is stated in 1 Samuel 13:19-22 that Saul's army didn't have any swords or spears, due to the Philistines "not allowing" Israeli blacksmiths. [19] Now there was no blacksmith to be found ...
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What was the stance of the Roman Catholic Church on the Vietnam War?

Communism has been an enemy of the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) for a long time, but also capitalism has been a problem. To many people, the Vietnam War did seem like a meaningless war. But Jesus said,...
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What is an overview of Pentecostal views on killing in war?

I've often heard from skeptics of Christianity, "Look at the many atrocities done in the name of Jesus in places like the Crusades. How can you claim that Jesus is loving?" I know that these claims ...
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Did the Catholics or Orthodox suspend the Lenten fast during times of war?

It would make sense for an enemy nation with knowledge of the Catholic/Orthodox systems of fasting to attack during the fasting seasons, when the faithful were not well fed. As a corollary, it would ...
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Is it justifiable to kill an innocent person with the following conditions?

I'm asking in the context of the Catholic Church's doctrines on just war and self-defense. Is it justifiable to kill an innocent person in order to prevent a greater evil, with no other practical ...
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Did any of the Catholic or Protestant paramilitary groups of the Northern Ireland conflicts of the 60s and 70s ever have an actual theological creed?

I have been reading old newspapers for fun and noticed a lot of conflicts in Northern Ireland making the newspaper during the 60s and 70s (along with the usual Vietnam and Israel conflicts). When I ...
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Are there any non-pacifist traditions that object to military chaplaincy?

I'd like to know if there are any non-pacifist Christian traditions or denominations, either historical or contemporary, that object to individual participation in the military as a non-combat ...
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If Orthodox Christians must repent of any act of violence, how does this not entail pacifism?

I have heard from many Orthodox that one should repent of any act of violence, including violence committed in self-defense or in the service of military duties. As I understand it, true repentance ...
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Was there a war in Heaven?

There seems to be an idea among some Christians of a metaphysical timeline that goes something like this: All the angels are created sometime before or during the 7 days of creation in Genesis. Satan ...
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How did Gideon win his battle against the Midianites?

In the Old Testament, an army of some 15,000 Midianites invaded Israel for the purpose of "hijacking" their food supplies. A judge named Gideon called the Israelis "to the colors." Some 30,000 showed ...
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What is the Mormon position on keeping weapons and on war?

I have come across a chapter in the Book of Mormon that is very interesting. It details how the Nephites thought it would be better to bury their swords and never kill another person again. The ...
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How does fasting affect violent situations not under my control?

I read an article yesterday about Pope Francis announcing a day of fasting on Sept. 7th for the situation in Syria. According to Catholic/Orthodox/Anglican doctrine, exactly how does my fasting affect ...
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What is the biblical basis or precedent for restricting women from serving in war?

In the United States, the Secretary of Defense just lifted the ban on women in combat. Many Christians seem to oppose this idea and believe that women should not be put in combat. What is the ...
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Does Christianity approve wars for faith? [closed]

Does Christianity approve wars to protect or spread the faith or to defeat the enemies of the Christ? If so, what are the conditions where faith-wars are endorsed?
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How should a Christian look at the Crusaders? [closed]

I studied in Methodist school from kindergarten to high school, but I never heard of Crusaders until I went to college - and people at church don't talk about it either. As far as I know, Crusaders ...
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What do Quakers believe about war and serving in the military?

It seems that I once heard that Quakers are pacifists, but I'm not sure if that's just a rumor or not. What is the Quaker doctrine regarding war and killing people as a soldier in the military? If ...
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Was the Cold War a “rumor of a war”? [closed]

So I was trying to sync my iPod to the doomsday clock when I realized that I don't know what is meant by: You will hear of wars and reports of wars; see that you are not alarmed, for these things ...
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Does 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 assume Christian pacifism?

In 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 Paul makes a contrast between spiritual warfare and war "according to human standards": Indeed, we live as human beings, but we do not wage war according to human standards; ...
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Did God ever really help the Hebrews in battle? [closed]

Except for the Exodus story, im having serious doubts. The Hebrews never seem to win against any of the bigger enemies which would be seriously impressive, because they are outnumbered by many ...
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If the Ten Commandments say “thou shalt not kill” how can a Christian fight in a war?

Exodus holds the 10 commandments. Specifically, we see: Exodus 20:13 (KJV) Thou shalt not kill. Since the Ten Commandments say “thou shalt not kill” why do many Christians fight in a war? Note ...