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Is there any biblical basis for Churches in the West (Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican or Protestant) to depict Jesus as European or some other ethnic race? It seems to a certain point that men tend to maintain different depictions of Jesus, sometimes reflecting local racial characteristics, as do the Catholic and Orthodox depictions. As to whether there is any ...


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My considered answer to the question of depicting Jesus as European is 'No' . . . . . because there is no biblical reason to depict Jesus at all. If people persist in depicting Jesus of Nazareth and then (also) depicting him as non-Jewish and non-Middle Eastern, they give the impression that they are guilty of anti-semiticism and racism, denying a person (...


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Protestants are not generally against the idea of certain individuals having been called and gifted by God to exercise authority over a local assembly of believers, nor a hierarchy within that assembly, nor even a limited regional hierarchy within a denomination. If this authority were what the idea of apostolic succession detailed there would be little ...


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If we look at the demographics of the period of the rise of Christianity from the Constantine era (4th century) to shortly before the global exploration period (early 15th century), we can safely say that the majority of Christians are Europeans living in Western Europe, Byzantine empire, and Russia. Therefore, Jesus's portrayal in European art made sense. ...


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Intriguing question, although I do not subscribe to theistic evolution, nor have I ever given a second thought to the possibility of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe. Curious, I went searching for information. I found one published paper about the implications of the discovery of extra-terrestrial life for religion, which I partially quote below. ...


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I do not have the knowledge to address specific Catholic doctrine concerning sin (even though I was raised Catholic), but your question did include “or lack support for” the Catholic belief. Catholicism makes me think of the Pharisees and Sadducees. Some were well intentioned (Nicodemus -- John Ch 3 and Joseph of Arimathea – Luke 23:50) while others were ...


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