Thunderforge
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What part do Monks play in the Christian church?
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The Catechism of the Catholic Church has the following to say about consecrated life in general (i.e. professing vows to live in a more dedicated expression of faith, as with friars, monks, sisters, ...

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Did the Apollo 11 mission result in a Catholic "bishop of the moon"?
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Under Canon Law at the time, there technically was a "bishop of the moon" Bishop William D. Borders was the bishop of the Diocese of Orlando (which contains Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy ...

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Was Jesus good at singing?
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There is no information on the quality of Jesus' singing The Catena Aurea includes commentaries on this verse from Origen, Bede, Rabanus, Chrysostom, Hilary, and Jerome and not one of them talk about ...

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What is the Catholic interpretation of Romans 14:5?
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Perhaps the most concise way to answer this is to share influential commentaries from Doctors of the Church and others whom the Catholic Church draws from. (All bolded text is from me). St. John ...

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Can a priest give a Mass in American Sign Language (ASL)? What does he do when he is supposed to lift up the Eucharist while speaking in ASL?
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Yes, a priest can give a mass in American Sign Language (ASL) Fr. Edward McNamara wrote an extensive article for the organization ZENIT about the validity of sign language at mass, specifically using ...

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According to Roman Catholicism, is it a sin to vote for pro-choice politicians?
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Yes, if the candidate was voted for because they were pro-abortion Pope Benedict XVI (formerly Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger) succinctly summed up the Catholic Church's teachings in the memorandum "...

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How was the translation of the Book of Mormon shown through Joseph Smith's seer stones and hat?
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In 1887, David Whitmer wrote about the translation process, and said the following (emphasis mine): Joseph Smith put the seer stone into a hat, and put his face in the hat, drawing it closely around ...

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Can a non-Catholic receive Baptism (to formally marry a Catholic), without converting to the Catholic faith?
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Once she receives the sacrament of Baptism, is she required to convert to Catholicism for that Baptism - and therefore the marriage - to be valid in the eyes of the Church and in the eyes of God? ...

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What is Catholic Church's view on capital punishment?
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As of August 2018, the Church teaches that "the death penalty is inadmissible" and should be abolished worldwide Pope Francis announced on August 2, 2018 that number 2267 of the Catechism of ...

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How does God reconstruct your brain if it has been destroyed in the afterlife
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This is a question about what happens during the "resurrection of the dead". That term is used in both the Bible and the Apostles' Creed (which the vast majority of Christians accept) and discusses ...

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What were Martin Luther's opinions on the Crusades?
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Luther originally condemned the Church being involved in military conquests and advocated non-violence against Muslims Martin Luther first wrote about the Crusades, and general armed conflict against ...

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Are relics only considered first class if they were collected from a Saint's dead body?
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I sent an e-mail to Father Carlos Martins, the primary contact of Treasures of the Church (a relic exhibition that travels across North America). Part of their relic collection includes a hair of St. ...

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In the bible, who saw the light and was blinded?
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Most likely, you are thinking of Saul (who later went by the name "Paul"): As [Saul] neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground ...

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What were the circumstances behind the loss of the "True Cross?"
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What is the history behind this relic? There are legends about its pre-crucifixion origins First off, there are legends about the origin of the cross before Jesus was crucified on it, such as it being ...

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What is the biblical basis for relics?
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The bones of Elisha raised a dead man The earliest reference to a divine miracle happening through the remains of a holy person is in the Old Testament when a dead man came into contact with the bones ...

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How is it possible that Saint Andrew was an apostle of Jesus Christ?
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1 AD represents Jesus' birth, not his ministry or death & resurrection The Anno Domini method of numbering years was devised by Dionysius Exiguus in which he said that the current year was both "...

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What is the "Catholic Church" acording to Anglicanism?
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Modern versions of the Nicene Creed use catholic, not Catholic The original 1662 Book of Common Prayer did use a capitalized "Catholic" in the Nicene Creed. And I believe one Catholick and ...

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Can the King James Bible be extensively quoted in commercial books?
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The King James Version of the Bible is public domain in most parts of the world. Being in the public domain means that you can do whatever you want with it, including quoting it in a commercial book ...

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How do proponents of the Prosperity Gospel interpret Matthew 19:24?
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Some won't say Unsurprisingly, the prominent leaders of prosperity gospel theology rarely if ever address this verse, unlike their opponents. I searched for quite a while and could not find anything ...

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What version of the Bible should a beginner read?
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Short answer: Because people can't agree on what the "true" version of the Bible is due to issues of translation, authority, and the existing copies of original texts that we have access to ...

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How did Christian come to be the name for believers?
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Acts 11:25-26 gives us a specific mention of when Christians were first called as such (emphasis mine). 25 Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, 26 and when he found him, he brought him to ...

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Is it possible to describe Christian lifestyle?
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Given that there are over 2 billion Christians and only 14 million Jews, there is considerably more diversity in Christian lifestyle and practice compared to Jewish lifestyle. That said, the Wikipedia ...

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To the Protestant, what is the benefit of putting a cross inside the church?
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It seems that most Protestant churches are fairly silent on their reasoning; it's something that people don't really think about because it is so ingrained into their worship. However, the Orthodox ...

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Were Prophets Moses and Aaron magicians?
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Scott B. Noegel's article Moses and Magic: Notes on the Book of Exodus, published in the peer-reviewed Journal of the Ancient Near Eastern Society argues in great detail that Moses and Aaron's ...

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Is there a good Swedish Bible Translation that's not the equivalent of the NIV?
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Wikipedia has a list of Bible translations in the Swedish language. There are two types of Bibles: Official government-sanctioned translations, used by the Lutheran Church of Sweden Other ...

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Why aren't there any examples of a child or teen conversion in the NT?
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In ancient times, children were considered adults around puberty. For the Jews, this would correspond with their bar/bat mitzvah, which even today is still the ceremony recognizing them becoming an ...

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On what basis do Popes choose their papal name?
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William Portier, chair of Catholic theology at the University of Dayton, expounded upon how popes choose their papal name in an interview with CTV News. First off, Catholics recognize Jesus renaming ...

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If the premise for Marcion's Two Principles (Dualism) is correct; which words in the Bible belong to the Demiurge?
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Short answer Both Marcion of Sinope and the Cathars discerned scriptures by examining the words of Jesus and Paul's epistles (the Cathars also used the larger canon that became the New Testament) and ...

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Are there any Christian sects that believe the Old Testament was written (inspired) by Satan or that these scriptures are evil in some way?
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Catharism (a Gnostic Christian movement in the 12th to 14th centuries), held the belief that the Old Testament God was Satan (and thus that the scriptures were inspired by Satan). From Wikipedia: ...

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What is the biblical basis for the belief that Mary is the mother of God?
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Short answer There is no usage of the title "Mother of God" in the Bible. The title was used for Mary as early as AD 250-280 and was made official church teaching at the Council of Ephesus in 431. ...

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