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Did Tertullian forbid Christians from being school teachers?

Prohibition on teaching Tertullian does indeed forbid Christians from pursuing the profession of a school teacher, in De Idololatria, Chapter 10: Undoubtedly Christians are not allowed to be ...
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What is an overview of different stances on whether and why it is a sin to pay taxes?

Some Protestant groups, like those represented by the conservative R.C. Sproul Jr and the Acton Institute, believe that even if the government does nothing but evil, one nonetheless is obligated to ...
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What is the Biblical basis for it being wrong for couples to live together “chastely” before marriage?

From your comments you are asking strictly about members of the opposite sex who live in the same house, without any kind of sexual relations. There is, as far as I know, no absolute prohibition on ...
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Does Catholicism consider body building to be a sin?

The short answer is “no.” First of all, the Church is not in the habit of listing all possible sinful behavior. The vast majority of possible behaviors are left to the prudent judgment of the ...
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How do Protestants keep the Sabbath?

Within Protestantism there are many views regarding the proper way to keep the Sabbath, even among those who generally agree that Sunday is the most appropriate day to observe it. I'll provide a ...
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Is the Catholic Church NOT against all birth control?

The Roman Catholic Church has always supported Fertility Awareness methods of family planning - previously the Calendar method as a form of birth control. The church is not opposed to family planning -...
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What is the history of silent prayer?

There is indeed much evidence that silent prayer was taught and practiced in the early church. Several examples from the first few centuries will demonstrate this: Clement of Alexandria (150–215) ...
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What is the Catholic definition of meat for Lenten Fridays?

"Meat" in this sense means, and has historically meant, what used to be called "flesh meat", which St. Thomas Aquinas described as "the flesh of animals that take their rest on the earth" [including ...
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Does the Catholic Church have a list of Good Books?

Yes. They're called the Biblical Canon. The books of the Holy Bible were originally a number of separate documents that the Church leadership officially agreed to be the authoritative collection of ...
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What is the biblical basis for the idea that people can't stop sinning?

The doctrine you are addressing is called Total Depravity. This question will actually say much more about it: What is the Biblical basis for Total Depravity? Various denominations have slightly ...
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Attending two different churches

The Catholic Church requires attendance at a Catholic Mass on Sunday's and Holy days of Obligation. Attending another Christian Church does not meet this obligation. The precept of the Church ...
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What is the Biblical basis for it being wrong for couples to live together “chastely” before marriage?

What is the Biblical basis for it being wrong for couples to live together chastely before marriage? Living together “chastely” may be like trying to diet in a grocery store. The Bible describes two ...
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How do the Seventh Day Adventist approach Old Testament laws?

We Seventh Day Adventists distinguish between three different kinds of laws in the Bible: Moral laws. Ceremonial laws. We also believe that there were laws in the OT specific to Israel as a nation. ...
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When Christians say "the Lord" in everyday speech, do they mean Jesus or the Father?

For most Christians "The Lord" or "Lord" will usually mean either God the Father or Jesus. Sometimes they may mean the Holy Spirit or just "God", meaning (for ...
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Is the Catholic Church NOT against all birth control?

The two requirements of sexual intercourse within marriage are: Procreation (to make babies) Unity (union with spouse) On the first, the Church teaches that the act must be "ordered to" ...
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Is Eastern Orthodox Christianity against doing yoga or meditation?

I don't think there is any council-wide declaration about this, but most of the clergy will advise against such practices. To see why, we need to look into the traditional orthodox spirituality (...
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What is the biblical basis for the idea that people can't stop sinning?

There are a number of verses that suggest that all people are sinners, here are a handful: (all quotes are from the NRSV) Romans 3:23 "since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" 1 ...
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What is the context of Chesterton's quote, "When we bind our hearts, we free our hands"?

My thanks to Peter Turner for recommending the book Orthodoxy (Dodd, Mead & Co., 1908) to me some time ago, and therefore making this answer possible. Thanks to Kindle full-text search, I found ...
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Does the LDS Church prohibit the use of caffeine?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that our bodies are temples where the Holy Ghost can dwell (1 Corinthians 6:19–20) and that they were given to us as a gift from God, therefore ...
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In Roman Catholicism, does an individual's history of miscarriage lead to different or more specific guidance on pregnancy prevention?

There are two ways of preventing miscarriages (spontaneous abortions): Not conceiving at all by abstaining from sexual intercourse (allowed) by contracepting (forbidden) Treating the underlying ...
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What is the basis of not following Halakha?

Most Christians do not believe that they are changing or ignoring any law. However, there are many laws which certain Gentile Christians do not believe apply directly to them. In the early days of ...
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What is the biblical basis for Christians NOT to quit their jobs, sell all their possessions, and preach the gospel?

You seem to be alluding to the account of the rich young man in the Gospels: Matthew 19:16-22 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have ...
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What's the meaning of this quote by C. S. Lewis, regarding the heart and head?

Perhaps reading the context of the quote will help make more sense of it. It is from The Abolition of Man: No emotion is, in itself, a judgement; in that sense all emotions and sentiments are ...
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Why is the ritual of baptism needed?

Catholic View Baptism necessary for justification Catholicism teaches that "without the laver of regeneration, or the desire thereof," (Council of Trent, Decree On Justification, Canon 4) ...
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When Christians say "the Lord" in everyday speech, do they mean Jesus or the Father?

Seventh Day Adventist Christians - hold the Trinitarian view (I speak from that perspective because it is what I am most familiar with) that where the term Lord is used on its own, which one ...
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What is the biblical argument against having a concubine?

Overseers and deacons are told to be a one woman man in the pastoral epistles, and Christians are told to model the behavior of these men. (1 Timothy 3:12) Additionally, Ephesians 5 roots the ...
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Did the Saints commit mortal sin sometimes?

It is difficult to know for certain, because most people do not make their mortal sins public. However, it is likely that many of the saints did commit mortals sins even after their “conversion” to a ...
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Where does C. S. Lewis teach that a virtuous attitude can be developed by acting virtuously?

Indeed, in chapter 6 ("Human Pain") of The Problem of Pain, Lewis explicitly connects the idea to Aristotle: Kant thought that no action had moral value unless it were done out of pure ...
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What is the significance of the phrase "Sic Transit Gloria Mundi"?

I've also answered the cross-posted version of this question on the Latin Language Stack Exchange. One common attribution for this phrase is Thomas à Kempis's Imitation of Christ (~1420), which reads: ...

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