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What is the origin of this triplet: Time, Talents, and Treasure?

I am 50 years old, and I just became aware of widespread usage of "Time, Talents, and Treasure" in religious circles, maybe especially Catholicism. My own religion, Mormonism, has a temple covenant ...
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Are couples with secular marriages not allowed to serve in their Catholic parish?

Are couples who are not married in the Catholic Church, but are married civilly, really not allowed to serve in their parish? What I mean by "serve" is to act as a head of a particular parish ...
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What practical experience does Pope Francis has with parenthood / fatherhood?

Recently I shared Francis's tips for being a good father, but my atheist friends do not consider Pope as authority as I do and are asking what is pope's expertise with parenthood? By expertise I ...
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“living water” association with Feast of Tabernacles

Is there authoritative support for the claim that John intends to portray Jesus as a replacement for the Feast of Tabernacles? I am interested in articles that develop this interpretation of the Woman ...
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to the literalist (YEC), question about the name “LORD”

In Genesis 2 and 3, the story-teller (the author) use "LORD" (Yahweh) several times. To me, the situation by the time the author wrote/tell the story read in Genesis 2 - at least some people live at ...
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Did the church use stories like the Holy Grail to attract pagans?

Sorry if this has been asked before, but I am avid watcher of the History Channel series on the Templar Knights. In one episode, the character playing the Pope announces that stories like the Holy ...
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What were St. Maximilian Kolbe's views on general relativity and sanctifying grace?

I read or heard somewhere that St. Maximilian Kolbe posited that Sanctifying Grace spread throughout the cosmos faster than the speed of light at the moment Jesus died on the cross. I know his works ...
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How do monergists respond to Bible verses that support the doctrine of synergism?

How do Lutherans, Calvinists and other protestants that believe in monergism respond to biblical passages that seem to support synergism such as these? For example: "Be perfect, therefore, as ...
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What to think of miraculous images? (Catholic view)

There is some number of images of Jesus or other spiritual beings that are claimed to be miraculous as they miraculously got exposed in a camera. People who took these images swear there was no the ...
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Which Latin manuscripts were used by the KJV translators?

When the KJV translators set out to do their translation, they gathered all existing manuscripts and translations they could, to make sure they had everything absolutely right. I am curious, which ...
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In what sense do Presbyterians consider Christ's sacrifice “perfect”?

This question concerns in part the following quote heard regularly by Presbyterian Pastors: “Catholics deny the sufficiency of Christ’s redemptive work on the cross and by doing so, forfeit their ...
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According to Lutherans, is it 13 or 14 or 15 Nissan when Luke 22:8 happen?

Luke 22 (7)Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. (8)Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, "Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover." ...
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Annals of John Hyrcanus

1 Maccabees 16:23-24 The rest of John's acts, the battles he fought and the exploits he performed, the city walls he built, and all his other achievements, from the day he succeeded his father ...
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Tombs of Mattathias and Sons

From 1 Maccabees 13:25–30: Simon sent and recovered the bones of his brother Jonathan, and buried him in Modein, the town of his ancestors. All Israel kept solemn mourning for him and long ...
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What are the differences between the ELCA and UCC?

Looking for a church community for me and my child, young adult college age. So far trying to decide between ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) and UCC (United Church of Christ). What are ...
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In Western communion services, when was the origin of the practice of consistently offering only the bread to the laity?

The practice of "communion in both kinds" by the laity, that is, both the eating of the bread and drinking of the cup, seems to have been the typical practice in the early church. 1 Corinthians 11:28 ...
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What was the difference between Berengar's view of the Eucharist and that of Zwingli?

Berengar of Tours played a major role in the Second Eucharistic Controversy, which took place in the 11th century. He opposed the increasing acceptance of proto-transubstantiation doctrines, arguing ...
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What defined the ownership of a treasure in Jesus' time?

Matthew 13:43 reads: The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. One is intrigued ...
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Did Voltaire actually say “If you want to kill Christianity, you must abolish Sunday”?

Recently I was listening to a defense of the observation of the Sabbath, and within it the speaker quoted Voltaire as saying something like: If you want to kill Christianity, you must abolish ...
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Oldest monasteries where natural science is still practiced?

Science and religion are actually not mutually exclusive at all. In history, we know many examples of clerical scientists. What is the oldest still existing convent (monastery) where monks still ...
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A canon priest's impressive clothing

Agustín Fernández de San Vicente, Canon of the Cathedral of Durango, traveled in 1822 to California as a political emissary. He was a gambler and a dandy who, unsurprisingly, dressed better than the ...
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Pope John Paul II and the Agnus Dei sacramentals?

The Agnus Dei sacramental is one of the Church's strongest sacramental which can only be blessed by a pope. This great consecration of Agnus Deis take place only in the first year of each pontificate ...
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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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Was the Second Council of Quierzy (853) controlled by Hincmar against the Augustinians?

In a lecture, Reformed theologian and church historian Douglas Kelly says: Hincmar controlled a council – it was not a really representative council. He stacked it. […] The semi-Augustinian, proto-...
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Where does Jonathan Edwards describe his expectations of the second coming of Jesus?

In a few places I've seen claims that Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758) believed in the imminence of Christ's return. For example: [Jonathan Edwards] was convinced that the world was going to the dogs ...
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How is Article XVII of the Articles of Religion defended by Arminians?

The beginning of Article 17 (XVII) of the Articles of Religion seems to me to clearly teach Calvinistic predestination: Predestination to Life is the everlasting purpose of God, whereby (before the ...
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How do I interpret this list of mediaeval rectors?

This is a rewording of the question What differentiates a priest, a clerk, a capellanus, a subdeacon and a rector?. While I asked much the same questions within the body of the article there, the ...
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What are the practical differences between German Lutheran and Swiss Reformed traditions?

I know very little about the German Lutheran church and what set them appart from the religion I've been raised in, Swiss Reformed. However, my understanding is that they are closer to Catholics, and ...
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Was John Smyth, the earliest Baptist, influenced by the Anabaptists?

John Smyth, according to Bruce Shelley (CHPL, 308) and Wikipedia, was the first of the English Baptists. An Anglican priest, he came to the conclusion that infant baptism was invalid and started a ...
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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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Do any Christian groups forbid lending at interest?

Is charging or paying interest disallowed by any groups in Christianity, and if so which ones? So for example I sell someone a laptop and they don't have the full money right now and lets say the ...
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Has there ever existed a Catholic local church feast at Rome in honor of the Domine Quo Vadis?

The Church of St. Mary in Palmis at Rome, originally was called the Church of Domine Quo Vadis. The title of this church takes its' name from a pious tradition that St. Peter one day decided to leave ...
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Eastern Orthodoxy - When a liturgical hymn to a Saint is composed (such as a Troparion), how is the mode/tone for the hymn chosen?

Canons, troparia, kontakia, aposticha, stichera, etc. all have a tone/mode associated with them. How does the author of the hymn choose which mode/tone to use? Is it the same for all, or is it a ...
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Are there any parallel Russian / Slavonic – English prayer books for Orthodox Christians?

I have a copy of the Jordanville prayer book that is getting worn out, and I would like to know if a parallel Russian (i.e., Church Slavonic—Russians call it "Russian") and English prayer book exists, ...
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What is the biblical basis that we no longer need to confess and repent?

Joseph Prince (Worldwide speaker and author of Destined to Reign) and Andrew Wommack (Andrew Wommack Ministries and author of many books) teaches this with the Grace (hyperGrace) message, as does my ...
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How is the Book of Enoch ascribing all sins of fallen angels to Azazel not Scriptural?

A member by the name Jas 3.1 in his list of false doctrines against the Book of Enoch in "Why is the Book of Enoch not regarded as canonical?" stated: "Ascribes all the sin of the fallen angels to ...
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What is an overview of the schools of thought regarding the soteriological status of alien life forms?

What is an overview of the various opinions on whether alien life forms are saved and can go to heaven? I would accept the idea that this has not been substantially discussed as an answer if that is ...
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What was the forgers intentions for doing their forgeries?

I've been reading on some of the Apocrypha lately and a question arose. Why would people make forgeries of such important texts? I understand that the writers were trying to gain followers to their ...
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Whom does Jesus refer to as 'infants' at Luke 10:21?

At Luke 10:21 we see : At that same hour Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the ...
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Does modern protestantism have any deviations from sola fide?

I have read that modern protestantism on one hand, and catholicism on the other, tended to abridge their historical differences. Are there any cases in modern protestantism where justification can ...
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What is the Biblical basis for preachers to be paid from members' tithing?

What is the Biblical basis for preachers to be paid from members' tithing?
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Has the Bible ever been translated into Egyptian Hieroglyphics?

I'm very curious to see what the Bible looks like in Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. There's an "ancient languages" department at one of the Universities in my city and one of the languages they offer ...
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How can one identify the Anti-Christ, can he be a Bishop opposing the Papacy in relation to 1 John 2:19-20?

Will the Anti-Christ comes from the Catholic Church? Perhaps since the Anti-Christ was a real person, is it possible that he is like a Cardinal or Bishop infected by the spirit of Anti-Christ. ...
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What is the Catholic understanding of Antichrist?

Is there a good explanation describing how to identify the anti-Christ? They say a lot of false prophets will rise up in the end times to preach the anti-Christ. Is there a biblical explanation or ...
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Did Protestant Founders lay their hands on their pastors like the Apostles in Book of Acts?

In the Book of Acts the Apostles was seen laying their hands on their disciples in particular Matthias who replaced Judas Iscariot to be counted among the Apostles. Among the Protestant founders like ...
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MLV (Modern Literal Version) translation: How reasonable is their “open source” claim?

The Modern Literal Version of the Bible (MLV) is described at their website. It claims to be based on the ASV, modified to agree with the Byzantine Greek text. They claim it has been proofread and ...
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What kind of food is Jesus referring to at Luke 22:16?

We read at Lk 22:14-16 (NRSVCE): "When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him. He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer;...
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Severe childhood trauma and forgiveness of perpetrating parents

What do Swedenborgian christian Psychologists say about prolonged depression, Complex PTSD due to severe childhood trauma by a malicious parent, and complicated grieving?
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What’s the Eastern Orthodox belief on the Lake of Fire?

How does Eastern Orthodox view the lake of fire and “eternal judgment“ (hebrew 6:2)?
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When an offense has been committed, is it OK to talk to the other person through an intermediary or should it be direct?

When an offense has been committed, does the Bible indicate it is OK to talk to the other person through an intermediary or should it be direct? For instance, if person A offends person B, is it OK ...

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