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Has the Catholic Church endorsed the view of Einstein on the Creator?

One of Albert Einstein's most famous quotes is, "God does not play dice with the universe." I wish to know if the Catholic Church has ever used the said statement of Einstein in its teachings on ...
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What does Reformed Protestantism teach regarding 'spirit and soul and body' (I Thessalonians 5:23)

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. I Thessalonians 5:23 KJV Paul lists '...
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How does the Catholic church distinguish between the human soul and spirit?

I see questions about the creation of the human soul, and the soul's "infusion" into the body. But the Bible considers a human being to "have" three parts or concepts: spirit, soul, and body. How does ...
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How are the bread and wine explained by those who forbid images of Jesus?

This question is directed at those who subscribe to the Westminster Standards, particularly Westminster Larger Catechism 109, which reads: The sins forbidden in the second commandment are [...] the ...
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How much did the Cross of Jesus weigh?

Catholic tradition tells us that Jesus fell three times under the weight of the cross on His way to Calvary. I wish to know if any studies based on historical evidence have been conducted by ...
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What does it mean when Archbishop Ganswein stated that Pope Benedict XVI expanded the Petrine Ministry?

Archbishop Gänswein: "Benedict XVI Sees Resignation as Expanding Petrine Ministry". In a speech reflecting on Pope Benedict XVI’s pontificate, Archbishop Georg Gänswein has confirmed the existence of ...
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Did it reflect poorly on St. Francis De Sales that he offered a bribe to convert Beza?

St. Francis De Sales offered a 4,000 dollar pension to Theodore Beza. Source. It is very difficult to see this as anything other than "Oh boy, none of my arguments are working. Here! I'll make one ...
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What does it mean for the soul to be “immediately” created by God?

It is a Catholic dogma (De Fide) that human souls are immediately created by God. In this answer, the issue arose about what exactly "immediately" means. I'm not sure a satisfactory answer was ...
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Why do Greek Orthodox venerate icons and Roman Catholic statues?

Historically how and why did this difference arise?
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According to Calvinists, how do Job's works correspond to his salvation?

Job 31:1–4 (DRB) I made a covenant with my eyes, that I would not so much as think upon a virgin.1 2 For what part should God from above have in me, and what inheritance the Almighty from on high? 3 ...
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Were Jews in Jesus' day binitarian?

Is it true that Jews during Jesus' lifetime were binitarian, that is believing that God was one being in two persons similar to how Christians have historically believed and taught that God is ...
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Is Mary's human soul pre-existent in eternity?

There is a statement in the Catholic Catechism that says that Mary is chosen from all eternity by God. Would this mean she pre-existed in eternity with God, or does "chosen" not really imply pre-...
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Does a Catholic have recourse if a priest gives a ridiculously harsh or impossible penance?

Say that a person went to confession and confessed a sin, and the priest gives a ridiculously harsh penance (e.g. row across the Atlantic Ocean), or even an impossible penance (fly to the moon). If ...
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Which denomination agrees with our beliefs?

My husband and I are looking for a church. We believe that ordaining women is a way of accepting that God may call any gender to spiritually lead a congregation. We also believe that practicing ...
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Did St. James write the Divine Liturgy of St. James?

This is related to the question titled "What is the earliest written surviving liturgy?", but different in what it is asking. I was reading on Infogalactic the following. The Liturgy of Saint James ...
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Perowne's quoting John Calvin in Psalm 56

In Perowne's commentary on the Psalms in one volume, he quotes Calvin on page 445 in his treatment of Psalm 56. "Assuredly," says Calvin, "this is the true test and proof of our faith; when fears ...
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What function does a Council actually serve in Calvinism?

Calvin begins his Antidote1 with the following word (Preface): The name of Sacred Council2 is held in such reverence in the Christian Church, that the very mention of it produces an immediate ...
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When was the formal title of Pope first officially bestowed on the Bishops of Rome?

I’ve read conflicting claims about who the first Pope was. I read this question in a newspaper - "Was Boniface the first true Pope?" Boniface I (418-22) was spoken of as a pope, but so were his ...
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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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Are there any Eastern-Orthodox theologians who question the historicity of, for example, Moses and Joshua?

Some of the early church fathers seem to condone allegorical interpretations of certain part of scripture (for example Gregory of Nyssa concerning God's killing of the firstborn in Egypt). Are there ...
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How do non-trinitarians respond to the argument that God is love necessitates the eternity of the Son?

A common argument for the Trinity (or at least the eternity of The Son) is that God is love, and thus there must have been an object that could be loved by him throughout all eternity. The Trinity's ...
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Which Reformed Christians deny the doctrine of common grace and why?

Common grace is the doctrine that states that God has a general sense in which he gives all people, not just believers, gifts that proceed from his own graciousness. Most of these gifts concern ...
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How and when was the belief that a baptism late in life increases our chances of being saved determined to be false?

The venerable fathers of the Church Sts. Gregory the Theologian, Basil the Great, John Chrysostom and Jerome all seem to have accepted baptism late in their lives on the premise that it would improve ...
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Common arguments in support of the partaking of the divine nature being possible only through Eucharist

How do those Christians who believe that believers' partaking of the divine nature that Apostle Peter was talking about in 2 Pet. 1:4 is possible only through Eucharist prove that? What are their main ...
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Is there any place in the Bible that Jesus Himself claims that all believers are members of His Body?

Is there any place in the Bible where Jesus Himself claims that all believers are members of His Body? Or is it something that we only know from His apostles? I mean we can infer this thought from ...
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What's the basis for saying Jesus went to hell? [duplicate]

What Bible verses proves that Jesus went to hell for 3 days? I hear it a lot but don't really see it in scripture. Can someone provide scriptures and elaborate?
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According to Catholicism, how can a relic help a sick person?

I took several holy cards to view and touch relics of the saints. Now do I keep the relic and pray for someone or give it to the person so that he/she can pray for healing?
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Does God will the diversity of religion?

According to this article: Pope Francis signed a document stating: The pluralism and the diversity of religions, colour, sex, race and language are willed by God in His wisdom, through which He ...
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How does Catholic Church deal with priests who have since turned atheists?

The other day, media brought up the news of Rev. Vosper who does not believe in God, but has been allowed to administer in the United Protestant Church of Canada. A Canadian Preacher Who Doesn’t ...
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Looking for song or name of children’s Christian cassette tape!

I’ve had this stuck in my head for a while and wondering if anyone out there may be able to help! I’ve asked my mom and she can’t remember and no longer has the cassette tapes. My mom used to play ...
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Are there any Bible verses about 'Being on your Knees' that do not specifically mention praying? [closed]

I'm writing a dystopian novel and am looking for a Bible verse that I could potentially take out of context. Although it sounds bad, I can assure you in no way, shape, or form is this book anti-...
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What is the origin of the cope?

I've heard that the cope originated as a raincoat the priests would wear in outdoor processions, and it was never dropped as part of priestly vestments per the mode of the Church in general, not to ...
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Could “The human soul is created at the moment of conception.” be defined as dogma?

Could the proposition The human soul is created at the moment of conception. be defined as dogma? (question idea courtesy Peter Turner, who asked "What paths exist in the Catholic Church for a ...
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What paths exist in the Catholic Church for a certain theological position to become recognized as dogma?

I'm trying to parse the words carefully to say "recognized as dogma" instead of "become dogma", but basically. How does a bill become a law, according to the Catholic Church. If, for instance, a ...
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What is the purpose of praying over the water at an Church of England baptism?

The Church if England baptism liturgy in 'Common Worship' includes a 'prayer over the water'. There is a choice of two prayers, here: Prayer over the Water . Catholic Anglicans seem to readily ...
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When God sent Aaron to Moses had they not seen each other for decades?

When God sent Aaron to Moses (Exodus 4:14...), before they were to go back to Egypt to meet Pharaoh, had it been 40 years since Moses and Aaron had been together in each other's company?
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What does 'orthodox' mean, in practice?

'Orthodox' with a capital has a specialised meaning, regarding the Eastern Orthodox Church, but its uncapitalised meaning (which is not necessarily a matter of Christianity and neither the English ...
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What are the differences/connections between the Churches of Christ and the Congregational Churches?

I have done a fair amount of research but am still very confused about the difference between the two, the Churches of Christ and the Congregational Churches. I know of the United Church and Church ...
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According to Catholicism did Pope Linus know that he was the Pope and Head of the Church?

If the paltry evidence that Linus became the first bishop(?) of Rome it is odd that Paul's letter "Romans" does not mention him while it mentions: Phebe, Priscilla, Aquila, Epaenetus, Mary, Adronicus,...
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Did Prophet Jeremiah's soul pre-exist his conception in human form?

At Jeremiah 1: 4-5 we see the prophet speaking of his call: Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; ...
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Can a divorced aunt be a Catholic Godparent?

I was married in the Catholic Church but I am divorced now. I did not get a annulment. The priest said I could not be a godmother, but I have my doubts. Am I able to be a godmother at the baptism of ...
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According to Catholicism did “Sacred Tradition” include Gnostic sources?

According to extant history the development of some of its main tenets ("The Doctrine of the Blessed Trinity" and "consubstantialism") clearly do not have their roots in the scriptures (and are ...
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According to Catholics, was faith in the assertions made in the Creed of St. Athanasius required of those in the first 3 centuries?

If the person that penned the Creed of St. Athanasius that was identified by St. Thomas Aquinas as being St. Athanasius based on "style" had not published his opus and had it declared Truth until the ...
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Since St. Irenaeus was not a Trinitarian was/is he damned?

These are some of the statements made by St. Irenaeus that I believe put him at odds with the Creed of Athanasius: The Trinity Delusion (St. Irenaenus) Here are the threats of the Creed: Athanasian ...
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How do Catholic theologians reconcile homoousion with the vulgate translation of Hebrews 1:3?

How do Catholic theologians reconcile homoousion with the Vulgate translation of Hebrews 1:3? (Vulgata Clementa) qui cum sit splendor glóriæ, et figúra substántiæ ejus, portánsque ómnia verbo ...
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Did St. Paul know the doctrine of the Trinity?

Did St. Paul know anything about the doctrine of the Trinity (3 Persons in 1 God) but ran out of ink to fully explain it? Or would the Trinitarian doctrine of the Athanasian Creed, for example, have ...
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According to Catholicism who was the Pope that immediately followed Peter? [duplicate]

Do they supply a list of all the Popes from Peter onward? Or do they not claim to be able to trace the heritage of the papacy that far back?
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According to Catholics, what is the source of the “Creed of Athanasius”: Tradition or divine inspiration?

According to Catholics, what is the source of the Trinitarian doctrine of the Athanasian Creed, tradition or divine inspiration?
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According to Pentecostalism, was the Pope biblically justified in saying that an unbelieving man is in heaven?

Pope Francis consoles a boy who asked if his non-believing father is in Heaven (YouTube) Here we have a son asking the Pope whether his father would be granted admission in the Kingdom of God. His ...
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Demon Possession in the Old Testament?

I'm wanting to know about any possible demonic oppression and/or possession in the Old Testament, as well as why demons being cast out is not done before the time of Christ? Was it because Christ as ...

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