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What is the Catholic Church's stance on baptism after death?

From the PoV of the Roman Catholic church, baptism is a sacrament for the living. (For that matter, so are all 7 Sacraments). Once the body dies one is subject to judgment, which in the case of ...
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How do believers in post-mortal consciousness respond to objections by the Jewish Encyclopedia article on the immortality of the soul?

How do believers in post-mortal consciousness respond to this article? First, by comparing it to this article from JewishEncyclopedia, which disagrees. We'll call the article cited in the OP "...
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How do Christians who reject pre-fall death reconcile their views with the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event (66 million years ago)?

Those creationist Christians typically place the "extinction event" in Noah's day, thus long after the fall of the historic Adam. An example is from the well-known Young Earth model defender,...
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Do Catholics object to autopsy?

The only Catholic not permitted to be autopsied is the pope, due to Vatican protocol. At any time, a family may object to an autopsy of one of their family members, but this could be due to some a ...
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From a Roman Catholic point of view, what should a Protestant chaplain do for a dying Catholic?

Some years ago, I befriended an inmate who was scheduled to be executed and was ask to be at his execution, in order to give him any support I possible could. I prayed the act of contrition with him ...
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According to proponents of penal substitutionary atonement, why do we still die?

Proponents of penal substitution, like Louis Berkhof (ST, 6.2.1), indeed argue that Christ has "removed the penalty of sin" and that therefore "the penal element is removed from death." So why do ...
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Does Irenaeus indicate that people were raised from the dead in the 2nd century?

Christians from both sides of the continuation of spiritual gifts debate understand Irenaeus's quote here more charitably than Gibbon, and do not see it as evidence that people were being raised from ...
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From a trinitarian perspective, how do you biblically reconcile Jesus dying and Jesus being God?

The Doctrinal Position Trinitarian position usually includes the doctrine of Jesus's having two natures in one person (Hypostatic Union). Armed with both the doctrine of Trinity and the Hypostatic ...
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How do non-soul sleep adherents interpret 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18?

Essentially, the passage is simply seen as an euphemism for death — and quite a common one, given that a dead person often looks like they are sleeping: the Greek personification of sleep, Hypnos, was ...
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What is the Biblical support for praying for the dead?

Catholics and Orthodox do not subscribe to the doctrine of Sola Scriptura, which is the doctrine that says that the only source of authoritative teaching is Sacred Scripture. Instead, we rely on ...
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How do Christians who reject pre-fall death reconcile their views with the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event (66 million years ago)?

To expand on GratefulDisciple's answer... ...the short version is that a lot of them don't. There are, as I see it, three-and-a-half options. GratefulDisciple already explained the "young-Earth ...
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Who witnessed the crucifixion?

Matthew 27:38-54, Mark 15:27-39, Luke 23:35-49, and John 19:23-34 describe the crucifixion and the people present and name some of them. These passages from the four canonical gospels, however, give ...
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According to the Bible narrative, who was the second descendant of Adam to die?

The second death recorded in the Bible story, in the lineage of Cain, first son of Adam The second death recorded in the Bible story is an unnamed man killed by Lamech son of Methushael (not to be ...
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Are there any Saints that have miraculously overcome death (should have died, but did not)?

Yes, St. Polycarp (A.D. 69-155). The early Church Father St. Polycarp. He was put in fire, yet he did not burn. We read in The Martyrdom of Polycarp: This, then, was carried into effect with ...
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According to soul sleep adherents, what's wrong with an "Occam's razor" interpretation of 1 Samuel 28 (Saul and the Medium of En-dor)?

Occam's Razor is often expressed as "the simplest explanation is usually the best one", but that is a misleading oversimplification unless one properly defines what "simplest" ...
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How do people who believe in immediate heaven for believers at death explain Tabitha?

Conservative Protestants typically use the phrase "intermediate state" when talking theologically about the "immediately-in-heaven" view. Wayne Grudem is a conservative Protestant representative of ...
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Does Irenaeus indicate that people were raised from the dead in the 2nd century?

Yes, there is no doubt that Irenaeus was speaking of some raising the dead in his own time. The following extract contains the words by Irenaeus that appear to be cited by Eusebius and criticised by ...
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According to Catholicism, how should Christians react when an unbeliever dies?

According the Catechism of the Catholic Church Since Christ died for all, and since all men are in fact called to one and the same destiny, which is divine, we must hold that the Holy Spirit ...
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Why such importance given to the hour of death?

TL;DR Important due to both Particular Judgment and Purgatory The form of the question. Aren't we supposed to be judged by our whole life and not just what happens at the hour of our death? Should ...
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What hymns about death were common in the early 1400s?

Fourteenth to fifteenth centuries England was Catholic. The most common hymn sung by the faithful could possibly be the Latin hymn: "In paradisum". This hymn is still quite popular and I have sung it ...
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What hymns about death were common in the early 1400s?

The singing of hymns as we understand them today wasn't necessarily a major part of medieval Christianity. As Ken Graham's answer says, the best known texts would have been those from the Requiem Mass,...
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Are there any Saints that have miraculously overcome death (should have died, but did not)?

Are there any Saints that have miraculously overcome death (should have died, but did not)? Do not know if this counts, but it is an interesting story anyway. I personally would find it miraculous ...
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Origin of the adage, ‘He went to be with the LORD.’?

The Biblical basis for using the expression “to be with the Lord” comes from the Apostle Paul who had this to say about his desire to be united with the Lord after death: Therefore we are always ...
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How do believers in the dead being conscious explain the absence of reports about afterlife experiences by Lazarus and other resurrected individuals?

If the dead are conscious, then why is the Bible silent about the afterlife experiences of those who were resurrected and had the chance to tell us about it, but for some mysterious reason didn't? ...
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Can Jesus' death be considered as a suicide?

All legal courts seem to recognise the difference between, say, a soldier voluntarily proceeding on a mission that is virtually guaranteed to end in his death, and in an individual deciding to throw ...
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Who witnessed the crucifixion?

I'll begin with Mark's Gospel, as that was the first New Testament Gospel to be written and is considered by scholars to be the primary source used by the authors of the other gospels, either directly ...
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How do Jehovah's Witnesses understand the essential nature of hell, and how does it differ from that of Seventh-day Adventists?

Wikipedia has decent information on this topic. First, the beliefs of Jehovah's Witnesses on this subject: Watch Tower publications teach that hell (hades or sheol) is not a place of fiery torment,...
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Why is the funeral/burial several days after death?

There is nothing in the Code of Canon Law which requires a wait of any particular time after a death for a funeral to take place. (My father was buried two days after his death; so were my wife's ...
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