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What was the Early Church’s view on socialism?

To what extent was the early church "socialist"? Acts 4:32-37 (NASB95) And the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one [of them] claimed that anything ...
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According to the LDS, when did the “true church” cease to exist?

Official Answer No exact year is given, but the loss of priesthood keys held by the apostles resulted in the inability to carry out the saving ordinances of Christ's church. See Depperm's answer. ...
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What was the Early Church’s view on socialism?

Modern-day Socialists would be unlikely to view the first century Christians as Socialists, despite a few similarities. This dictionary definition of socialism states that Socialists believe in a &...
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According to the LDS, when did the “true church” cease to exist?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not have an exact date when the true church ceased to exist. It was a gradual process over years. After the deaths of the Savior and His Apostles, ...
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What was the Early Church’s view on socialism?

Dan Walden, a Christian writer who has written on socialism from a Christian perspective, addresses a related question in the essay, "Was Jesus a Socialist?": Jesus was obviously not a ...
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Did the idea of humans being hard-wired for God exist in late antique Christianity?

Paul clearly expresses, Romans 1:18-26, the concept of humanity, by origin and by birth, having an innate instinct that God is and that there is but one God. For the wrath of God is revealed from ...
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Did the 1st Century Church Accept the Deuterocanonical books?

The Deuterocanonicals belong to an era before Christ was born. The text of the OT was written over about 1,000 years. The last prophetic book, Malachi, was written a little before 400 B.C. None of the ...
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Did the 1st Century Church Accept the Deuterocanonical books?

Did the 1st Century Church Accept the Deuterocanonical books? The actual answer to this riddle is unknown, but some have quoted these sources. Even the apocryphal Book of Enoch is referenced to in the ...
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What was the Early Church’s view on socialism?

The early church unequivocally did not practice socialism. Socialism is more than simply a communal economic system; it's an entire way of life built atop a very specific philosophy of human behavior ...
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What did the Apostolic and ante-Nicene Fathers believe about Sheol/Hades?

Apostolic Fathers The Shepherd of Hermas the apostles and the teachers who preached the name of the Son of God, after they had fallen asleep in the power and faith of the Son of God, preached also ...
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What did the Early Church Fathers believe about the fate of the unreached?

As requested from above here are some quotes from the early church fathers concerning the salvation of all, including those who never had a chance to hear. Clement Of Alexandria (150-215 AD) “He says ...
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How did so many writings of St. John Chrysostom survive?

He lived after Christianity became legal; whereas many of the writings of his predecessors were burned in state-sponsored persecution (source) his were much less targeted for destruction. He lived in ...
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Did the early church believe that St. Peter was the first pope?

It appears that the official use of the title of Pope (as given to Bishops of Rome) and confined to the successors of Peter, did not come into effect till the reign of Pope Gregory VII (1073-85). The ...
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What was the Early Church Fathers’ teachings on the death penalty?

What was the Early Church Fathers teach on the death penalty? The Early Church was a little divided on the issue, but in general was in favour of it, in rare occasions. It is complicated. How did the ...
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Is there any evidence to the devotion of Mary in the early church?

Is there any evidence to the devotion of Mary in the early church? The short answer seems to be yes. The oldest known prayer to Mary is the Sub Tuum Praesidium which dates to the 3rd (or 4th) century ...
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What did the Early Church Fathers believe about the fate of the unreached?

The only person I could find clear on the matters is St Augustine that offers no hope to those who have not heard: CHAPTER 2 [II.]—FAITH IN CHRIST NOT NECESSARY TO SALVATION, IF A MAN WITHOUT IT CAN ...
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What was the Early Church's position on Purgatory?

I use only one Catholic source for this answer, beginning with the eschatological aspect which had to be formed first, gives the history of the doctrine, then explains some of the differences that ...
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What was the early Church's understanding of the practice of "praying in the Spirit" during the ante-Nicene period?

With apologies for only responding to your question at the "11th hour" I submit this account which may be relevant: Directly after the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples in Jerusalem at ...
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What was the early Church Fathers' understanding of the "baptism with Holy Spirit and fire"?

The Roman Catholic scholars, Kilian McDonnell and George Montague, did a lot of work in this area. One can read about it in their book, “Christian Initiation and Baptism in the Holy Spirit. Evidence ...
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Is it true that no post-apostolic theologians before St. Augustine believed in Eternal Security / Assurance of Salvation?

Literally none of those quotes from the Fathers come close to proving eternal security. People are trying to read into the Fathers what they themselves already believe. Just for example: Augustine: “...
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Did any Apostolic or Ante-Nicene Fathers believe that Jesus was a created being?

The Shepard of Hermas (SH) was accepted by many to be divine or on par with scripture. It may be found in the Sinaiticus manuscript. So, how did the book have enough sway that writers such as Origen ...
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Did any Apostolic or Ante-Nicene Fathers believe that Jesus was a created being?

There's a major problem searching literature for claims that some leaders of the early Church believed that Jesus was a created being, apart from wasting a massive amount of time looking for something ...
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What did the Early Church (ante-Nicene period) believe about Gehenna and the Second Death?

The early church consistently understood Gehenna as the place of second death and eternal fire. The one outlier was Origen. (in quotes, emphasis mine) Irenaeus, a disciple of Polycarp, a disciple of ...
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Did the Early Church (ante-Nicene period) believe in the continuation or cessation of the office of Apostle?

The Ante-Nicene Fathers provide a variety of viewpoints on this matter. As with so many other topics, there was lively disagreement among their ranks. I'll loosely group ideas into 3 broad categories, ...
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Was a Unitarian understanding of God present in the Early Church prior to 400 AD?

Yes, there were multiple strains within the early Church that were Unitarian. The article 'Diversity in early Christian theology' goes into some detail on the sorts of ideological movements within the ...
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What was the Early Church's (ante-Nicene period) view of the interplay between free will (or lack thereof) and salvation?

Some of the modern vocabulary of the determinism/free will debate is not found in the writings of the Ante-Nicene Fathers, but within their writings there is clear & consistent support of the view ...
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What was the Early Church’s view on socialism?

Roman government social and economic realities We first need to remember the social and economic realities of the societies in which the early church operated before Constantine which affected ...
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According to the LDS, when did the “true church” cease to exist?

That is a very hard question as history is written by the victorious. To find the truth one must dig very deep. The Romans had a religion. Jesus had teachings. Mix those two, you get the Roman church (...
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Do any Church Fathers directly connect "speaking in tongues" with anything other than existing human languages?

This is a good question. 👍 Direct evidence for "speaking in tongues" being viewed as anything other than existing human languages is lacking at this time. Having said the above, it should ...
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What was the early Church Fathers' understanding of the "baptism with Holy Spirit and fire"?

What was the early Church Fathers' understanding of the “baptism with Holy Spirit and fire”? The terms ”baptism by fire” and ”baptism of fire” are derived from the Bible, from the New Testament book ...
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