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What are scholarly objections to the divine inspiration of the Book of Mormon?

The arguments against the authenticity and veracity of the Book of Mormon are multiple. To name a few: Convenient absence of the original 'golden plates' According to Joseph Smith the golden plates ...
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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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What have Christians taught during past plagues and pandemics?

Martin Luther writing to Johann Hass: Use medicine; take potions which can help you; fumigate house, yard, and street; shun persons and places wherever your neighbor does not need your ...
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Did Aquinas believe that church bells ward off bad weather?

St. Thomas did not write that. It's made-up by Rydberg, Magic of the Middle Ages (1879) pp. 73-74, cited in the anti-Catholic hit-piece by Cornell University co-founder Andrew Dickson White, History ...
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What have Christians taught during past plagues and pandemics?

Cyprian wrote the following during the plague of 250 AD to remind his diocese that Christians are not to expect special protection from disease: It disturbs some believers that the power of this ...
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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 are scholarly objections to the divine inspiration of the Book of Mormon?

Reformed Egyptian and archeology Only a select few ever claimed to have seen the golden plates Smith said contained the records of the Book of Mormon. The plates were said to have been written in ...
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Where in the Old Testament is God described as a Father?

God's parental relationship to mankind appears throughout the Hebrew scriptures, from the early Torah through the very last book, described in two different ways (lists are not comprehensive). God is ...
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What have Christians taught during past plagues and pandemics?

The third cholera pandemic (1846–60) was the third major outbreak of cholera originating in India in the nineteenth century that reached far beyond its borders, which researchers at UCLA believe may ...
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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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What is the Biblical Basis for "Schools of Prophecy"?

1. Schools of the Prophets in the Old Testament Many well known commentaries explain the "sons of the prophets" referred to on multiple occasions in the Old Testament [1 Kings 20:35; 2 Kings 2:3,5,7,...
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What have Christians taught during past plagues and pandemics?

Christianity Has Been Handling Epidemics for 2000 Years The March 13 2020 Foreign Policy newspaper has this article Christianity Has Been Handling Epidemics for 2000 Years listing several examples ...
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Are there scientific research articles published in reputable journals that provide supporting evidence for Young Earth Creationism?

From the Young Earth Creationist perspective, there is no conclusive scientific evidence of a young earth. This is because Creationists believe that the true domain of science is the present, not the ...
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What is the source of this quote from St. Augustine?

The problem with references to church fathers is that they get paraphrased from time to time. Sometimes you will just have to look in Augustine for similar terminology and see if you can find the ...
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What are scholarly objections to the divine inspiration of the Book of Mormon?

Why should we believe Mormonism's one and only source? The content of the Bible enjoys the benefit of what historians call "multiple independent attestation." that is, the events, people and ...
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What is Thomas Aquinas's "Dec. præc."?

Almost certainly this is a reference to his set of Sermons on the Ten Commandments known as "Collationes in Decem Precepta" or "de decem praeceptis"
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Have any Protestant Biologists demonstrated through their own research that Evolution is untenable?

Disclaimer: I can't say with confidence that any of the cited individuals are Protestant, as opposed to Orthodox or Catholic, although it's unclear to me why that should matter. Dr. Nathaniel Jeanson ...
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Why has the Church of Scotland lost 1 million followers since 2001?

I left the Church of Scotland in 1966 at the age of fifteen because I was receiving no teaching about Jesus Christ and the Gospel. My father was the minister. And both his father and grandfather had ...
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What are the major criticisms of the NIV?

I've seen three major categories of criticism for the NIV, but often people will combine two or three of them. 1. Text criticism: the NIV is based on critical texts The NIV is a translation of the ...
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St. Augustine and woman sexuality?

This quote is often attributed to one of the early church fathers, usually to Bernard of Clairvaux or Saint Augustine, although the earliest reference in print was in 1896. There is no historical ...
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The matter of Pope Benedictus XVI and Nazism?

I'm a Protestant and have some serious differences with the Catholic Church. Benedict XVI was born in 1927 and thus was 11 or 12 when WW2 began. I understand he was compulsorily enrolled in the Hitler ...
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The Curé of Ars on Dancing

On p. 54 of "The Curé d'Ars; A Shorter Biography," by F. Trochu, Newman Press, 1955, one finds the quote: People who go to a dance leave their Guardian Angel at the door, where a devil ...
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What is the source of the quote attributed to Origen, that "the soul has neither beginning nor end"?

I believe the second part of this quote is original to Hatch, Edwin, and A M. Fairbairn. The Influence of Greek Ideas and Usages Upon the Christian Church. London: Williams and Norgate, 1891, as ...
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How did Christians cultivate their knowledge of the Bible before mass-printing of the Bible?

How did Christians cultivate their knowledge of the Bible before mass-printing of the Bible? There are several ways the poor and illiterate were able to cultivate a basic knowledge of the Bible prior ...
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In which year did Chesterton write the 'I am' (what's wrong with the world) letter?

This story is no doubt related to the 1910 publication of Chesterton's book What's Wrong With the World, the dedication to which contains a number of jokes at Chesterton's expense: Many a mild lady ...
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What are the NIV cross-references? Where do they come from?

Before examining the New International Version use of cross-references, here is a brief look at the history behind Bible cross-references. “One of the fundamental principles of Protestant biblical ...
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Where did Augustine say "It is certain that few are saved"?

The reference is probably to Augustine's Sermon 61, on Luke 13:21–24 – in which Jesus compares the kingdom of God to leaven in bread, and references the narrow gate. Augustine says: “The three ...
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Does Nehemiah Gordon self-identify as a Christian?

I found an article that examines the beliefs of Nehemiah Gordon and briefly mentions that although brought up in an Orthodox Jewish family, he converted to Karaite Judaism after he moved to Israel in ...
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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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Which medieval theologian said fornication with a more beautiful woman is less sinful?

Alan of Lille (†1203), Liber pœnitentialis 1.27: <XXVII> Utrum pulchra fuerit vel turpis? Considerandum est etiam utrum pulchra fuerit vel non, quia minus peccat qui cognoscit pulchram quam qui ...
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