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Is there a name for the belief that some individuals would always freely reject salvation no matter the world in which they are created?

Thanks to Isaac Middlemiss and Luke Hill's inputs, I can answer my own question. There are at least two relevant terms: Transworld damnation: The proposal of transworld damnation is not the doctrine ...
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Can faith be based on hope rather than belief or intellectual assent?

Christian faith is not based on wishful thinking: "Oh, I hope I get to heaven." Christian faith is not based on belief in a religious system: "Oh, by performing all those rituals and ...
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From an LDS perspective, what is a key?

Yes, "keys" refers to priesthood keys Every day, you probably have the experience of opening doors by using a key. Holding keys can be symbolic of a person having authority and access. ...
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Would a Latter-day Saint ever be comfortable (or is it allowed) to refer to one of their other scriptures as the Bible?

This is not how someone who is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints would refer to other books of scripture - they would refer to them by their names (e.g. the Book of Mormon). ...
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Are there any other agreed-upon definitions of "free will" within mainstream Christianity?

If Libertarian Free Will means human wills are able to make decisions without any external compelling force, then there are a variety of Christian views which would claim they teach it, ranging from ...
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Naive question: Origin of the Holy Ghost

Origination of Holy Spirit Very important topic! But first a humble correction: the non-biblical origin of Christianity's doctrines and rituals is indeed a teaching of some scholars, but they belong ...
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Is there a name for the belief that some individuals would always freely reject salvation no matter the world in which they are created?

On a quick Google, the idea that those who die unsaved would not have believed no matter what else could have happened is called Transworld damnation. You're not wrong that it is directly related to ...
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What does "I plead the blood of Jesus Christ" mean?

I have linked this answer to an article written by an American televangelist named Kenneth Copeland. It is an instructional article entitled "How To Plead the Blood of Jesus" and it ...
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How does Christianity define "character"?

The concept of 'character' has developed a certain way with the fairly recent trend that promotes individualism. Perhaps the question has been influenced by this, because I note that in Young's ...
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Are there any other agreed-upon definitions of "free will" within mainstream Christianity?

Donald Mackay contributed a view of free will that he called "Logical Indeterminacy". The central point was that there is no prediction of what Fred will choose next that, if presented to ...
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Naive question: Origin of the Holy Ghost

Your comments to other answers show that you are primarily interested in The historical origin of the terminology "Holy Ghost" How "Holy Ghost" as a concept for "Person" ...
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How crucial is it for Christians in general (not only LDS) to “gain a testimony” validating the truth of their beliefs?

Evangelicalism is a worldwide, interdenominational movement within Protestant Christianity that emphasizes the centrality of being "born again", in which an individual experiences personal ...
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Are there any other agreed-upon definitions of "free will" within mainstream Christianity?

The debate between Erasmus and Luther is one of the earliest of the Reformation over the issue of free will and predestination, which is a form of determinism. Erasmus wrote "On Free Will" ...
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Is Covenantal vs Dispensational just a terminology difference?

There is a spectrum between the extremes of Covenant Theology and Dispensationalism, but in short they represent two sides of the continuity and discontinuity debate over the Old and New Testaments. ...
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How does Roman Catholicism define "the simplicity that is in Christ" found in 2 Corinthians 11:3?

St. Thomas Aquinas commenting on this verse writes: And fall from the simplicity that is in Christ. That is simple which lacks composition. Therefore, the false apostles formed one sect with Judaism ...
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Significance of one divine essence/nature

Let me see if I can clarify this issue for you, especially your first paragraph. The Greek word for nature is, "phusis" (as used by Paul in Galatians 4:8 to distinguish God from those who ...
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Are all Christians expected to have a "positively meaningful and reciprocal conscious relationship" with God?

Philosophy has skipped right past the new birth. It has no choice but to do so. It is man's wisdom and the wisdom of God is foolishness in its eyes. Philosophy must ask such questions: Are all ...
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What is the success criterion for the task of 'seeking God' in Christianity?

I have to wonder whether this question is based on one of two possibilities: (1) The OP is only interested in an academic look at a theological idea, or, (2) The OP may have tried to seek for the God ...
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How do Evangelical Protestants understand the relationship between "intellectual assent" and the experience of being "born-again"?

Nicodemus approached Jesus on the grounds of intellectual assent saying, "We know that you're a teacher sent from God because no one could do these miracles that you're doing unless God is with ...
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What terminology do Christians use to describe specific events and experiences in the process of conversion of non-believers?

The Ordo Salutis (latin for Order of Salvation) describes the steps for Protestants. (Catholics and Eastern Orthodox think about these things in a different way.) The list and the ordering of items ...
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The concept of being a "Vessel"?

That sounds like a form of gnosticism. Like the Manichean heresy of unhappy memory which was more or less George Lucas's conception of Christianity, you set the light up against the dark and let the ...
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When a Council Deprives an Archbishop of "Sacerdotal Communion"?

When a Council Deprives an Archbishop of "Sacerdotal Communion"? The Lord Jesus Christ whom he blasphemed decides by this holy Council that Nestorius is deprived of his episcopal dignity ...
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Is Covenantal vs Dispensational just a terminology difference?

Because this is a Protestant controversy, I was not familiar with the terms. However, a bit of light research has led me to understand what the difference is. Essentially, Dispensationalists hold to a ...
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Why do we say "My Jesus" and then "Our Father"?

Catholics say "Our Father" not only because that's what's written in the Bible (Matt 6:9-13, although most manuscripts of Luke 11:2-4 have only "Father"), but they say it ...
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What does "I plead the blood of Jesus Christ" mean?

The saying could be said, in private prayer perhaps, by individual Christians, in speaking to God against whom they have sinned. (Against thee, thee only, have I sinned ... Psalm 51:4.) If so, it ...
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What does "I plead the blood of Jesus Christ" mean?

It's not an expression I hear, but "the blood of Jesus Christ" is New Testament shorthand for "the fact that Jesus died". So "pleading" it would mean "I rest my ...
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What is the difference between Soul and Spirit?

Christian theology deals with God's relationship with us and God's work within our soul for our salvation. Christian theology leaves open to philosophical speculation the constitution of our soul and ...
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Significance of one divine essence/nature

Let’s focus on biblical terminology (nature) and not essence. Human nature is the sum total of the qualities that make us who we are. It is a person’s inherent character and that which constitutes ...
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