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According to believers in the inexorable damnation of the unreached, how is God not unfair for letting someone be born in unreachable conditions?

There are three common landing points that most believers fall into: (personally I progressed in my own thoughts along all three and don’t think its of absolute importance as to which place a person ...
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Convince a Heathen Theologian with 25 years of Experience

I will offer what may be, perhaps, the least favorite answer to the question of how would you Convince a Heathen Theologian with 25 years of Experience. I would not. Humanity is replete with those who ...
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Are there any American Christian denominations that refer to the days of the week by alternate names?

Historically, the Religious Society of Friends—commonly known as Quakers—objected to the common names of week days and of months, for exactly the reason you bring up. The website of the ...
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Where, if anywhere, is it explicitly stated that the Church may borrow and adapt heathen feasts?

Yes, a letter from Pope Gregory I to the Abbot Melitus was recorded by the venerable Bede in Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation, Book I, chapter XXX. In his letter of instruction regarding ...
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What were the practices observance of which was abhorred by St Paul in Gal 4:9-10?

The practices being observed by Galatian Christians, which Paul so abhorred he wrote in the strongest terms to dissuade them from doing, were those things back then causing them to return to bondage. ...
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Catholic Church and the Critique of Pagan Worship?

This question is very biased and very misinformed. But I'll try to answer the objections or assertions as they come up: "what is seen as the worship of Mary" First of all, worship of a creature (...
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Catholic Church and the Critique of Pagan Worship?

Cardinal Newman, the leader of the Oxford Movement in the Church of England who converted to that of Rome in 1847 wrote a book entitled An Essay in the Development of Christian Doctrine. He describes ...
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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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According to believers in the inexorable damnation of the unreached, how is God not unfair for letting someone be born in unreachable conditions?

For all have sinned.... The first part of the answer is that in the absence of Christ's death on the cross, justice demands that all humanity suffer eternal torment because of our sins. Thus fairness ...
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According to believers in the inexorable damnation of the unreached, why should they be punished in Hell and not be given more merciful alternatives?

The question is similar to Abrahams appeal to the lost in Sodom. Abraham does not want God to destroy the whole city but pleads for mercy: Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away ...
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Do Christians use ancient Greek polytheistic connotations when defining the literal meaning of Hell?

The basic answer is provided in the OP. "In the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible, the word Hades is used for Sheol." This version, the Septuagint, was the translation used by nearly all ...
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What were the practices observance of which was abhorred by St Paul in Gal 4:9-10?

It wasn't the practices per se, it was the goal the people were attempting to get to of the practices that Paul abhorred. Galatians is full of the contrast between the Mosaic Law and Grace in Christ. ...
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Are there any accounts of former Pagans being supernaturally reached by God (or an angel) with the Gospel before any human missionary arrived?

During my first trip to Sierra Leone (2005) our team went out into the bush to a small Muslim village along a riverbank. Upon arriving our leader met with the village headman to explain our desire ...
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According to believers in the inexorable damnation of the unreached, how is God not unfair for letting someone be born in unreachable conditions?

I'm just going to assume this question is on-topic and answer accordingly. This results in assuming certain other things to be a certain way because changing them renders the question off-topic. Thus, ...
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Catholic Church and the Critique of Pagan Worship?

Both Sola Gratia and davidlol have great answers. I would simply like to add my two bits to this question, without repeating their points. One of the points made in the question is as follows: "...
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Did the Reformers accuse the Catholic Church of being "a pagan mixture"?

In a search for the answer, I found no direct evidence for the Reformers making claims against the Catholic church relating to its paganism. The first quote I found was the following, published in ...
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What specific strategies exist in apologetics to effectively engage and persuade individuals who adhere to pagan beliefs?

And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and ...
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What specific strategies exist in apologetics to effectively engage and persuade individuals who adhere to pagan beliefs?

Effective Apologetic Strategies There are several Apologetic Strategies that are effective in convincing pagan (heathen, idolatrous, polytheistic) people to become disciples of Jesus. But which one is ...
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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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Why do other religions exist if Yahweh is the one true God?

The premise in the question : Does this signify that there is in fact no reason for God to mind the existence of other fictional Gods, which further implies that God actually doesn't care about us ...
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What Pagan elements were adopted in christianity?

What Pagan elements were adopted in christianity? Many pagan elements were adopted in the Early Church. Some of elements that are claimed to be of Pagan origin are not true, while many are of a ...
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Was the date of Christmas just derived from Saturnalia and other winter pagan festivals?

The answer to the title question is no, it was not. Tim O'Neill is an atheist historian devoted to debunking poor historical takes that turn into atheist memes. This is one of them. You can read his ...
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Do Christians use ancient Greek polytheistic connotations when defining the literal meaning of Hell?

Why do Christians use ancient Greek polytheistic connotations when defining the literal meaning of Hell? I would venture to say that the Apostles employed phrases in their writings that were ...
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Why did Abraham and Isaac instruct their children to marry only from their clan?

The question can be answered from both a cultural and a religious perspective. Culturally, this was still the era of tribal societies and it was normal for tribes to avoid marrying outsiders. ...
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Why did Abraham and Isaac instruct their children to marry only from their clan?

Why did Abraham and Isaac instruct their children to marry only from their clan? The OP claims: "Abraham was from a pagan family, separated by his call to God. His families I supposed weren't ...
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What specific strategies exist in apologetics to effectively engage and persuade individuals who adhere to pagan beliefs?

What specific strategies exist in apologetics to effectively engage and persuade individuals who adhere to pagan beliefs? This will depend on the historical circumstances of the region in question as ...
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The cult of Saints

I believe this may answer your first question with regard to non-Christian religions: The Jewish hasid or tsaddiq, the Islamic qidees, the Zoroastrian fravashi, the Hindu rsi or guru, the Buddhist ...
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What Pagan elements were adopted in christianity?

I'm fairly sure this answer presents a view that will be very unlike the others, and will generate many objections. So to save time, I'll simply give a brief summary of the idea. Some answers will ...
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Are there any accounts of former Pagans being supernaturally reached by God (or an angel) with the Gospel before any human missionary arrived?

Are there any accounts of former Pagans being supernaturally reached by God (or an angel) with the Gospel before any human missionary arrived? This vary thing happened in the Book of Acts with the ...
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Are there any accounts of former Pagans being supernaturally reached by God (or an angel) with the Gospel before any human missionary arrived?

Yes. Read the works of Don Richardson, such as Peace Child and Eternitry in their Hearts. From memory, one of his accounts (or I could be confusing it with another author who dealt with the same ...
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