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If both the Orthodox and Catholic Church affirm salvation by grace through faith, why did the Protestant Reformation happen?

Because the Catholic Church doesn't teach that we attain salvation only through the reception of God's grace by faith. That's why the Protestant teaching is called sola fide! The Catholic Catechism ...
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Have any Protestant Biologists demonstrated through their own research that Evolution is untenable?

No. There is not a single "real (peer-reviewed) research paper" showing that evolution is not likely or possible. I would challenge anybody who provides names to instead post a link to such ...
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Why do Catholic churches have a red lamp burning inside?

The sanctuary lamp or tabernacle lamp signifies that the Blessed Sacrament is present* in the tabernacle.*cf. Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist If it is extinguished,* it signifies there is no ...
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Why don’t Christians accept Muhammad as the true prophet?

I would like to take a more conciliatory approach to answer this question by starting with some common grounds that Islam has with Christianity about Jesus: That Jesus historically existed That Jesus ...
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How do Protestants answer the Catholic accusation of historicity?

Protestant reformers were at pains to argue that all they sought to do was restore the church to purity which had become corrupted in medieval times. They wanted to ensure that their teachings were ...
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How does Protestant Church explain Luke 2:48?

If we accept the bible teaching that Mary/Joseph had children, then they would have been younger than Jesus. In the question, the age of Jesus was 12. The oldest sibling was probably no older than ...
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Why did Stephen have authority to ask God to forgive the sins of his nonbelieving executioners?

If someone trespasses against me, personally, I can dismiss that trespass and require no remuneration, no restitution, no resolution. I can simply dismiss the event and give it no consideration ...
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How do Protestants who say Catholicism doesn't teach the true Gospel understand a Catholic person’s faith in Jesus?

(Well taught and informed) Protestants don't make such unqualified statements as "All Catholics are heading to hell". Instead we say that many Catholics are not yet saved, as of course are ...
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Why does the Salvation Army not administer the sacraments of baptism and the Lord's Supper?

It appears that the simple answer is that because the Salvation Army does not view baptism or communion as requirements of salvation, they are not practiced at all. This stance, however does not ...
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What is the history behind/Origin of the doxology that often gets added to the end of the Lord's prayer?

I can't find this doxology in the lords prayer as recorded in scripture It is in the King James Version: And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, ...
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Did the disagreement between the Catholic Church and Protestant Church on the issue of salvation by grace alone end in 1999?

The Joint Declaration on Justification The document that bishop Palmer is likely referring to is the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, created in 1999 by the Lutheran World ...
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According to Protestantism, what are the strongest apologetic arguments against the doctrine of Intercession of Saints?

For those denominations that take the Bible fairly literally, everyone that has ever died (with one notable exception) is still dead and buried and awaiting resurrection. For the living know that ...
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How do Protestants interpret "Give us this day our daily bread"?

The Lord's Prayer is taught in the Protestant catechisms, e.g.: Luther's Small Catechism Give us this day our daily bread. What does this mean? God certainly gives daily bread to everyone without our ...
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Why has the Church of Scotland lost 1 million followers since 2001?

There is indeed a general tendency in Scotland as in the rest of Western Europe, that many people's lifestyles, values and self-identity changed as society around them changed, which lead to spending ...
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What Protestant arguments exist for the perpetual virginity of Mary?

Protestant arguments for the doctrine can be divided up into 3 categories. The Bible allows for it The bible does not indicate Mary had other children after Jesus. When Matthew 13:55 (as well as ...
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According to Protestants following the Reformation, what did Jesus mean when he said "do this and you will live"?

Protestants typically argue that Jesus is explaining how one might be "saved by works," and not suggesting that it is actually possible for the man to accomplish it on his own – on the contrary, he ...
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Since when did the Catholic church accept Protestant baptism, and what was the original rationale for accepting?

The Catechism of the Council of Trent fully accepted baptism administered by heretics and infidels, provided that those who administered the sacrament intended to do what the Catholic Church did [does]...
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Did Joseph Smith go to heaven according to Protestant Trinitarians?

Did Joseph Smith go to heaven according to Protestant Trinitarians? Charles Spurgeon was a very effective Baptist evangelical Pastor, whose preaching brought thousands to repentance and faith in the ...
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According to Protestant interpretations why does God want people to serve Him when He doesn’t need it?

The question (said to be in the mouth of an atheist) lacks heart. We love him (and thus only do we serve him) because he first loved us. [1 John 4:19.] The question is, in reality, a refusal to serve ...
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Have any Protestant Biologists demonstrated through their own research that Evolution is untenable?

Michael Behe, Stephen Meyer, and Douglas Axe have argued in technical & lay publications against the plausibility of unguided evolution; several of the arguments used are: Specified complexity is ...
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According to Protestantism, what are the strongest apologetic arguments against the doctrine of Intercession of Saints?

On an official German protestant website exactly this question was answered with the following arguments (loosely summarized in English by me): Protestants do not have a hierarchy of the deceased. ...
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Counterarguments to "KJV-only"?

Opponents to the KJV-Only position generally don’t disparage the King James Version (KJV) or treat it as necessarily inferior to contemporary English translations, but instead point out that it faces ...
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What is the basis for "Church Shopping"?

Although it is granted that there are some Protestants that engage in a practice of "Church Shopping", it is somewhat tendentious to assert that "Church Shopping" is actually a "Tradition" within ...
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What do Protestant churches teach about the fate of deceased infants?

The salvation of infants within Protestant denominations cover a wide range of alternate views. The subject is closely related to different view of infant baptism but not identical. To avoid the ...
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What was first, sola scriptura or sola fide?

This is a complex topic, for at least two reasons: 1) there was a wide diversity of thought in the pre-Reformation and Reformation periods, and 2) today's definitions of sola scriptura and sola fide ...
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Where did the formula, "Good works are the fruits of faith," originate?

Clement of Rome, Clement of Alexandria, and Didymus the Blind said things that could be mistaken for the formula, but don't fit all the criteria. The first one to use it unmistakably is Origen, in ...
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How do Sola Scriptura defenders have a list of "scripture" since the list isn't mentioned in scripture?

The doctrine of Sola Scriptura is about how to rank various sources of spiritual authority, but it does not concern how we arrived at the Biblical canon. Instead, Protestants teach that God's ...
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When were Protestants first called 'Protestants' and what were they, originally, protesting about?

The year was 1529, the event was the Second Diet of Speyer, and the particular matter that brought about labeling of Evangelicals as 'Protestants' was their objecting to undemocratic religious ...
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According to Protestant interpretations why does God want people to serve Him when He doesn’t need it?

We do not serve God because He needs it but because we need it. Servants is what we are. It is what we were created to be and what sin has destroyed in us: And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do ...
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According to Protestants who hold that belief in Trinitarianism is necessary for salvation, what happens to those who assent but don't understand?

It is generally acknowledged that the precise nature of God is beyond human comprehension. God is infinite, and all humans are limited, fallible beings. He is much more than our limited understanding ...
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