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Are adult converts to Eastern Orthodoxy required to use their baptismal names outside of church?

There seems to be various opinions on this topic. Some say that it is absolutely necessary to completely adopt this new name while others say that it is recommended to use it outside of church but it ...
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Because Paul (Saul) was part of the Sanhedrin was he required to be married?

Because Paul (Saul) was a member of the sanhedrin was he required to be married?
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Are there any denominations that expect prophecy instead of (or in addition to) tongues as a sign of being filled with the Holy Spirit?

I think everybody is aware of the existence of charismatic denominations that overemphasize tongues as a sign of being baptized in the Holy Spirit. But what about prophecy? There are examples in both ...
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Was Isaac Newton a Heretic?

(Related to Was Leo Tolstoy a heretic?) Most know Sir Isaac Newton as the person who discovered gravity when he observed the fall of an apple or his discovery of light being a particle, but few are ...
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What is the importance of God informing that Jesus Christ is the only begotten?

Exactly what God wants to teach us, in describing that Jesus is the only begotten son (only begotten - monogenes), because we see a parallel in generating Eve from Adam's ribs.
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Protoevangelium (Genesis 3:15) translational differences

When reading on Biblical Prophecies, a big one is Genesis 3:15. The Douay-Rheims translation says "I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy ...
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How can something be less reverent but impart the same graces?

In my previous question Are Catholics allowed to believe that the EF or OF is objectively more reverent than the other? someone mentioned two terms reverence and imparting grace. I had to ask a new ...
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What is the function of permanent acolytes and lectors in the Catholic Church?

Prior to this motu proprio the only purpose of the order of acolyte or lector in the Catholic Church that I knew of was to prepare permanent deacons for ordination. So, if the purpose is expanded to ...
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How does the Catholic Church reconcile Jn 16:7 with Jn 20:22?

We read at Jn 16:7 (NRSVCE) "Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him ...
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Imaginary or legendary saints associated with Catholicism?

Imaginary or legendary saints associated with Catholicism? I am doing a little research on so called imaginary or completely legendary saints that have been associated with Catholicism in one way or ...
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What are the Catholic Church's instruction on kneeling down in prayer in churches?

In Catholic churches where pews are in place, one rarely notices the faithful kneeling down in prayer except perhaps during the Prayer of Consecration . In fact, in earlier times, the faithful would ...
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Will the people, who end up in heaven, gain additional glory for each soul that profits from their writings?

Will the people, who end up in heaven, gain additional glory for each soul that profits from their writings? For example, St. Augustine wrote many good books. Now he is in heaven. To this very day, ...
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Do cases of scientific foreknowledge in the Bible come from Exegesis or Eisegesis?

There are many apologists who say that scientific knowledge can be found in the Scriptures, although they are not really explicit. [The only fact I can see clearly stated is that the Universe had a ...
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Why Many Who Believe That “All Are Born Sinful” Hold That “None Are Born Gay Or Trans”?

Many Protestants, though not technically or officially Reformed, are nevertheless strongly influenced by Calvinistic theology; as such, they espouse the doctrine of total depravity, teaching that all ...
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Is the quote “there is no saint without a past and no sinner without a future” attributed to St. Augustine?

This quote is often attributed to St. Augustine, but I have not been able to find anything that cites where in his works he writes this, nor have I found any historical account where he says this in a ...
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"What theological perceptions and allowances would the Church of England make for 'online Eucharist' “ that can be specifically answered?

Friends, can you help please? What theological perceptions and allowances would the Church of England make for 'online Eucharist?
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What does the Catholic Church teach on claiming as our “right / inheritance” the Abrahamic blessings before we die?

Background My friend is influenced by what I think is a prosperity-gospel leaning church, although I don't see heretical excesses like "positive confession", "name-it claim-it", ...
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How do the (Roman) Catholic Church and the (Anglican) Church of Uganda view “wife inheritance”?

There is a cultural practice in parts of Africa in which a young widow is required to marry her dead husband's brother, male cousin or other relation. This is sometimes referred to as wife inheritance....
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what are the correlations or what are the 2 most common types, concerning the # of the beast?

1 is reference to a single entity, the other is a broader subject. The answer is as vague as it is exact and its a positive thing not just optimistic ^^ cuz i dont like people using #s an events ...
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Almond branch or watcher?

What does Jeremiah 1:11 mean with regards to almond branch? The Lord’s response about watching is not clear with regards to almond trees. 11 And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, "...
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Given that original Greek had no verses should Acts 13:21-23 be retranslated?

Given that original Greek had no verses should Acts 13:21-23 be more aptly translated to read: 21 And afterward they asked for a king; so God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of ...
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What exactly does civil law mean?

The laws in the Old Testament can be separated into 3 categories as useful guides: Moral laws. Ceremonial laws. Civil laws. Moral laws deal with right and wrong behaviour, in relations to the ...
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Under what conditions does the Catholic Church explicitly call the laity extraordinary ministers?

Under what conditions does the Catholic Church explicitly call the laity extraordinary ministers? Extraordinary ministers are seen in almost every parish. For the most part, they help the parish ...
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According to Catholicism do priests ever receive spiritual graces on account of changes in discipline?

Can the actions of the Pope in changing sacramental discipline result in clerics having spiritual ability to read souls? (This was brought up as a a theory in a chat in relation to a different topic)....
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Does the Bible ever describe the Fall in ways different than Genesis 3?

In his book In the Beginning, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger wrote the following with regards to the pre-Pauline hymn of Phil 2:5-11: We cannot consider this extraordinarily rich and profound text [Phil ...
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Are these Messages between Pontius Pilate and Herod real?

Are the messages between Pontius Pilate and Herod real or are there no real epistles found between Herod and Pilate? The source, here is the exact part that I am talking about: From Pilate to ...
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Why is the RCA church more literal in scripture where the UCC church is allegorical?

I’ve attended numerous churches in both RCA and UCC denominations in which RCA had a very literal take on the crucifixion and resurrection where the UCC church has a very allegorical approach. ...
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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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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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Was Saint Augustine a Calvinist on divine foreknowledge?

It is my understanding that Calvinism conflates God's passive will with His active will—i.e., the fact that He knows something will occur due to His divine foreknowledge and allows said thing to occur ...
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Is the dignity of man pertains to his soul only or to the wholeness of his being meaning body & soul?

The Teaching of Tradition that support the Council of Trent interpretation on death penalty cited the reflections or teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine: "They will never be beasts, ...
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In Catholic art imagery, how is hell symbolized?

In Catholic art and imagery how is hell symbolized? If a symbol does exist for it, why was this particular symbol chosen? In other words, does hell have a symbol?
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Is it more Participatio Actuosa if the congregation hears the words of the Consecration?

I have a question on Participatio Actuosa. This is a term that makes a lot of people confused. Anyway, in the EF of the Roman rite the Priest says the words of the Consecration in silence. He is the ...
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Is there a consensus among early Christians on Romans 9?

How did the early church interpret St. Paul in Romans 9? Is there a consensus in early Christianity regarding the relation between predestination and free will?
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What is the status of Eunuchs now in the Church and also in the world to come?

Eunuchs, who are considered to be the third gender, are also human beings. Some eunuchs are made by other human beings, particularly in the ancient times. Some people voluntarily become eunuchs as an ...
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What were the findings of the Acts Seminar?

The Seminar on Acts of the Apostles sat for ten years until 2011, examining the Acts of the Apostles. What were its main findings and how were they arrived at?
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Who was the Blessed Virgin Mary's guardian angel?

Catholic teaching is that "Every one of the faithful has his own special guardian angel from baptism. (Sent. certa.)" (Ludwig Ott II ch. 3 §30.2; cf. Matt 18:10: "See that you despise ...
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Question about bible editions & verse numbering

I’m having a difficult time picking out a different edition for my bible study group(as i’m not much of a fan of KJ)and was hoping people on here might have some recommendations. I’d really prefer an ...
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Is the assertion that “the Bible portrays a God who is neither male nor female” absurd?

Happy Easter. Kristin Swenson asserts "What we can say is that the Bible portrays a God who is neither male nor female". Kristin Swenson: The Bible Undermines Blind Faith In It I had always ...
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Mt. 18:5 or 19:14 to argue against contraception?

Have any Catholic theologians, Doctors, or Fathers of the Church used Mt. 18:5he that shall receive one such little child in my name, receiveth me. or especially Mt. 19:14Suffer the little children,...
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Has any denomination ever published literature stating their official denominational views on what the baptism of the Holy Spirit feels like?

After having watched and read myriads of testimonies, I feel confident enough to say that I have a reasonable overview of the spectrum of feelings and sensations that people commonly report to have ...
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Does Catholic Church believe that Jews suffered because of the curse of their forefathers at Matthew 27:25?

We read in Matthew 27: 24-25: So when Pilate saw that he could do nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took some water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of ...
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Does the Catholic Church have an official definition of Easter/Paschal Season?

One of the precepts of the Catholic Church says :"You shall humbly receive your Creator in Holy Communion at least during the Easter season." At some places, the words Paschal Season replace the ...
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Perseverance of the elects ---vs— blasphemy against the Spirit according to Calvinist?

I am in the middle of discussion with a Calvinist friend. He said that the Elect will be forgiven and never lose his salvation. Some verses which I thought the verses are showing that to the one ...
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Romans 11:32 according to Calvinist?

Romans 11:32 For God has bound everyone over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all Is the "everyone" including Adam and Eve before they are created ?
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What are the teachings or biblical understanding, why God assigned Lucifer to guard the Holy Mountain?

You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the Holy Mount of God. (Ezekiel 28:14, NIV) God is an all powerful God, the creator of Heaven and Earth both the visible ...
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Has the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary ever been viewed as a dual maternity?

The Old Roman Symbol was a forerunner of the Apostles Creed. The structure seems to imply a dual maternity. I believe in God the Father almighty; and in Christ Jesus His only Son, our Lord, Who was ...
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What is the Catholic process for establishing orthodoxy?

After reading and doing light research concerning this question, I'm compelled to ask, what is the process for establishing the orthodoxy of a belief in the Catholic church today? From m-w.com: 1 :...
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Was there a judgment before the Last Judgment? (Catholic perspective)

It is evident that the Last Judgment is the last one in the sense that it comes at the end of times, after which no other judgment will occur. However, the adjective "last" indicates that there have ...
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What are common tactics that Cessationists employ to deal with very skeptical, evidence-demanding audiences (e.g. atheists) during evangelism?

In the context of the ministry of evangelism, when a Cessationist preacher faces a very skeptical audience in which most people have materialist/physicalist worldviews and the supernatural is ...

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