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Which books is Ross Douthat citing in relation to his conversion to Catholicism

50'35" into this video (Faith Is Not a Sideshow - Ross Douthat at the University of Michigan), New York Times columnist Ross Douthat says this about his conversion to Catholicism (as a teenager): [....
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What general theological framework(s) are represented in the Life Application Study Bible commentary?

I was recently shown an except of commentary from the NIV edition of the Life Application Study Bible from Tyndale/Zondervan. Frankly I was rather surprised by how blatant the eisegesis was in that ...
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Who are the prominent Christian thinkers that define “permissive” will?

I would like to get a better understanding of the term "permissive will". I have read a couple threads on this forum related to this topic, but neither has given me a satisfactory understanding. I ...
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What are the main differences between the Seventh Day Adventist church and the Worldwide Church of God?

Both churches are what they call "Sabbath keepers". What are the main differences in doctrine between the Seventh Day Adventist Church and the Worldwide Church of God, now known as Grace Communion ...
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How does the Catholic Church view Penal Substitutionary Atonement?

How does the Catholic Church view Penal Substitutionary Atonement (as formulated within the Reformed tradition)? A comment on this question, states that PSA 'has been declared doctrinal heresy'. Is ...
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Why was the Baptist Confession of Faith changed in 1986?

For hundreds of years, generations of believers held to the historic belief that Rome/Popes were Antichrist/The Antichrist, what led to the dismissal of this traditional interpretation of Scripture in ...
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What is the Calvinist view of Christians with different levels of loving God?

A) Scripture says no force or power can separate us from the Love of God. "For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor ...
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What is a “just cause” in the context of Code of Canon Law, Canon 308?

I want to leave a confraternity but I want to do everything according to law. I wonder what the knowledgeable people say about canon 308 and the "just cause", especially if just asking is a sufficient ...
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Has a pope ever been corrected publicly by a non-cleric in the presence of cardinals because of his immoral conduct?

Has a pope ever been corrected publicly by a non-cleric in the presence of cardinals because of his immoral behavior? As we all know, popes are not immune to living sinful lives. In fact, several ...
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Is there any doubt among New Testament scholars that “and then to the Twelve” in 1 Corinthians 15:5 refers to an appearance to a group?

Just to be clear, this isn't a question about whether there were ten, eleven, or twelve in the group, but rather how certain we are, perhaps based on the syntax of the original Greek, that "and then ...
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What is courting according to the Catholic interpretation of the Natural Law?

The Natural Moral Law is a good way for Christians to understand quite a bit about the nature and purpose of what they're doing and who they are and quite a few of the papal teachings in the last ...
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Looking for a good overview of atonement theory (book or other resource)

I am looking for a good overview/introduction to atonement theory that covers multiple points of view so that I can better understand the difference between the various different theories. I am not ...
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How were the quarter-millennium anniversaries of the resurrection of Jesus commemorated?

I am wondering how the 2034 Easter celebration will look like from the perspective of various Christian churches. I am mostly interested in the Roman Catholics. Since we can only guess, I would like ...
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Quotation from Desert Fathers

I am looking for a particular quotation that I believe comes from the desert fathers. I searched the Philokalia but didn't find it. I don't think it was from there anyway, but I looked. In the ...
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According to Catholicism, what is the difference between forgiveness and release from punishment?

The first thing to note is that forgiveness of a sin is separate from punishment for the sin. Through sacramental confession we obtain forgiveness, but we aren't let off the hook as far as punishment ...
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How is the situation of “divorce her quietly” in Matthew 1:19 according to Catholic?

Matthew 1:19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. In these modern days, in my ...
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Receiving the Holy Spirit after conversion Acts 8:14–17

How would [Southern] Baptist (SBC) churches explain Acts 8:14–17 in the giving of the Holy Spirit after initial conversion or belief? It had always been my understanding that the argument was the Holy ...
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Are the “Great Supper of God” and the “Wedding Supper of the Lamb” the same event?

In Revelation 19, there is a feast or feasts mentioned by two names. The first is The Wedding Supper of the Lamb: ibid. vv. 7-9 (NASB): Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for ...
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Did Lactantius ever say why it was good for Christians to be ruled by a Christian emperor?

Lactantius was a Christian who had been a part of the Roman government (which was hostile to Christians) prior to his conversion. Sometime between 303 and 311 he wrote a systematic theology, in which ...
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What do you call the adherents of Covenant Theology (CT) and New Covenant Theology (NCT)?

An adherent of Dispensationalism is called a "dispensationalist" but would the proper term for an adherent of Covenant Theology and New Covenant Theology be, respectively, "Covenant Theologian" and "...
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According to the Catholic Church is sinful to address someone who is transgender by the gender they identify as?

Is it a sin against charity to confirm a transsexual lifestyle by using pronouns (such as she to address a transwoman) that the church says is an offense against the Natural Law?
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Baptismal names in the Greek Orthodox Church!

Where can I find an EXHAUSTIVE list of baptismal names in the Greek Orthodox Church; i.e an EXHAUSTIVE list of Names that have been given to a person (the frequency; i.e the number of people given ...
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Is the song Baba Yetu actually used by African churches?

Recently I encountered someone who, upon hearing the song "Baba Yetu," a rendition of the Lord's Prayer in Swahili, assumed that it is widely used in the Swahili-speaking church in Africa. However, ...
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How do those against the traditional monepiscopacy deal with Ignatius of Antioch?

It's often claimed that 'Ignatius is the first to believe in the monepiscopacy' (that a bishop runs a church region with the assistance of presbyters/elders) or that 'churches were simply run by a ...
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Was the Athanasian Creed ever translated into Koine Greek? If so, where can I find the text?

I am aware that it was most likely originally composed in Latin (this is why it is highly unlikely that St. Athanasius himself wrote it) but has anyone ever tried translating it into Koine Greek? If ...
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Did any early church Christian writers ever place Origen in a early martyrology or menologium?

Did any early church Christian writers ever place Origen in a early martyrology or menologium? There are many early Church Fathers. Some are canonized saints, while some are not. Origen is not ...
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What prophets came from Galilee?

This question talks about how in John 7:52, the Pharisees claimed that "no prophet comes out of Galilee." The accepted answer discusses how commentators often point out the Pharisees' mistake, and N.T....
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What was the Jewish understanding of baptism?

Considering the message of John the Baptist and the Jewish leaders reaction to it, what was the existing Jewish thought about Baptism? Who needed to be baptized and when?
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How did C. A. Muses revise Thomson's translation of the Septuagint?

Charles Thomson's translation of the Septuagint was published in 1808, and the revision of C. A. Muses was printed in 1954. What is an overview of the revisions that Muses made to Thomson's original ...
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Trying to track some information on those who rose from the dead on Good Friday

Many years ago I read that according to their records, it took the Temple two years to interview all the dead that were raised at the Crucifixion. Two of these people were rabbis or priests, a father ...
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“As it is written in their Law”—A Prophecy?

There is a well-known 'Bible-difficulty' in John 15:25: John 15:23-25 (DRB) He that hateth me, hateth my Father also. If I had not done among them the works that no other man hath done, they ...
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What were the doctrinal differences behind the Great Schism of 1054?

What were the doctrinal differences that caused the split of the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Catholic Church in 1054?
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Why do Seventh Day Adventists change the moral law using the ceremonial law?

Why do Seventh Day Adventists change the moral law using the ceremonial law? Seventh Day Adventists say that the Law of Moses is divided into two sets of laws, the moral law and the ceremonial law. ...
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Is “formal schismatic” a useful category in practice?

Wikipedia says that formal schismatics are those who: knowing the true nature of the Church, have personally and deliberately committed the sin of schism. But if formal schismatics have to truly ...
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Unique “traditional” souvenirs people may obtain from the pope or other Catholic prelates?

Unique "traditional" souvenirs people may obtain from the pope or other Catholic prelates? Believe it or not, there’s a way to get the pope to surrender his zucchetto to you, while in the presence of ...
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Did the early church teach that God performed the first animal sacrifice in Gen 3:21?

An earlier question asks about the first animal sacrifice. The two top answers both suggest that God instituted animal sacrifice by example when He killed an animal to provide Adam and Eve with ...
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Who is the Name's Day Saint of St. John de Brébeuf?

Can anyone tell me who is the name's day saint of St. John de Brébeuf? The name's day saint of someone is similar to a patron saint, but is not exactly the same. I have try to find a source that makes ...
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How was the 70 weeks of Daniel understood over the ages?

What were the beliefs regarding the total fulfillment/non total fulfillment of Daniel's 70 weeks prophecy before the Scoffield bible era? I am especially interested in those who believed there was ...
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Is compatibilism compatible with the doctrine of the Catholic Church?

My usual reasoning was that it was not on the basis that: Determinism would entail predestination, which is rejected by the Catholic Church; The alternative - quantum mind - is trickier, but: To my ...
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How are the religious minorities spread over Syria?

When hearing about the civil war in Syria often religious (and ethnic) minorities are mentioned. There are for example different kinds of muslims, Yazidis, different kinds of Eastern Orthodox ...
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How is praying understood within the “Death of God” theology?

Theologians like Hamilton and Altizer defend a "secular Theology" that tries to banish the Deus ex machina of traditional Theism. So far so good, but how does one pray before God etsi Deus non ...
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Were Malachi and Isaiah normally bound or grouped together?

This is probably not a surprised to scripture veterans, but noticed that Mark 1:2-3 is a quotation from two separate sources, Isaiah and Malachi, but it is ascribed only to Isaiah by the author of ...
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To what extent did the Chinese government force Catholic priests to marry?

In his book The Souls of China, Ian Johnson writes about a type of religious persecution that was inflicted on some groups in China during the Cultural Revolution (1966–76): Across the country, ...
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Does the Catholic Church accept all the teachings of the Byzantine Church after the union?

Late Pope John Paul II said, "Byzantine Church is the other lung of Catholic Church." Does this mean these two churches are united together now? Does the Catholic Church, the bride of Jesus (...
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An example of C.S. Lewis’s claim of the pitfalls of pity

In The Problem of Pain, C.S. Lewis says Even a good emotion, pity, if not controlled by charity and justice, leads through anger to cruelty. Most atrocities are stimulated by accounts of the enemy’...
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Kurds n' Whay Cassette tape, circa late 80's - early 90s

I have had this tape since I was little. I think my aunt and uncle gave it to me, or we got it on our trip to Alaska. Kurds and Whay are two siblings who sing songs about God Jesus with their parents....
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How does open theology interpret 1 Peter 1:2?

How do followers of open theology (open theism)1 interpret 1 Peter 1:2 (KJV), in particular the emphasized part? Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of ...
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According to Full Preterism, what do Thunders mean?

In the 10th chapter of the Revelation of John the Theologian, says: Rev 10:4 And when the seven thunders uttered with their voices, I was about to write; but heard a voice from heaven saying to me: ...
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Is there an equivalent of analytic meditation in Protestantism?

Analytic meditation, as defined: Our minds are filled with confused thoughts and beliefs; often, even when we recognize logically that our beliefs are wrong, they are so embedded that they are ...
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Is a mass interruption a standard procedure in case of a supposed Eucharistic miracle?

I have read several stories about Eucharistic miracles and it seems the mass is always interrupted on such event. Is it a standard procedure (as for 4th June 2018) or is it up to the priest? More ...

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