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Top new questions this week:

Have any major Christian intellectuals responded to Stephen Hawking's "The Grand Design"?

Stephen Hawking, in The Grand Design, argues that God did not create the universe. One review of the book states its aim as "to banish a divine creator from physics". The essence of the argument is: ...

creation apologetics science christian-literature existence-of-god  
asked by Scott Deerwester 10 votes
answered by Nathaniel 14 votes

Why do Syrian Orthodox churches use only paintings and not sculptures, unlike Catholic churches?

I am an Orthodox Christian, and in our church we don't have sculptures unlike Catholic churches in my area. We only have paintings and pictures. I don't know if this is because of the bull sculpture ...

catholicism eastern-orthodox comparative-christianity idolatry iconography  
asked by zod 9 votes
answered by Fizzy 1 vote

Origin of the story that James had knees as hard as a camel's, because of praying

I'm reading John Pollock's "The Apostle - A Life Of Paul" and, at page 85 of the 1969 print, he states that James was a man of such devotion that long praying had made his knees as hard as ...

tradition origin james-apostle  
asked by Filipe Merker 8 votes
answered by ThaddeusB 8 votes

What did the early church fathers (pre-5th c.) teach with regards to the doctrine of baptism as a necessity for salvation?

The title says it all, really. What did the ECF believe and teach with regards to baptism being or not being necessary for salvation? Related: What did the early church fathers (pre-5th c.) teach ...

baptism church-fathers  
asked by RJ Navarrete 7 votes
answered by Marc 0 votes

Why was God so specific about how to make the Tabernacle?

The Book of Exodus (ch 25–27) spends quite a bit of time describing how to build the Tabernacle, right down to the type of metal and wood to use for minor parts, all straight from the mouth of God. ...

exegesis exodus bible-commentary tabernacle  
asked by ThaddeusB 7 votes
answered by Nathaniel 6 votes

Is there is any external source about Demas, Paul's fellow worker?

Demas appears at Colossians 4:14 and Philemon 24 as a fellow worker of Paul's ministry, and maybe as Luke's partner like Mark was Aristharcus partner. But in 2 Timothy 4:10 he appears having ...

church-history paul-apostle tradition extra-biblical epistles  
asked by Filipe Merker 6 votes
answered by Nathaniel 3 votes

When was the number of the beast, 666, first identified as referring to Emperor Nero?

The belief that the number of the beast in Revelation, 666, refers to Nero is a common theory now. When was this identification first suggested?

church-history revelation symbolism origin 666  
asked by Ben Mordecai 6 votes
answered by Alan Fuller 3 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

What were the main doctrinal disagreements between Luther and Calvin?

What were the main doctrinal disagreements between Luther and Calvin? Can anybody give an overview, please?

martin-luther calvin  
asked by brilliant 22 votes
answered by Dan 27 votes

Did Moses see the face of God?

Exodus 24:9-11 9 Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel went up 10 and saw the God of Israel. Under his feet was something like a pavement made of lapis lazuli, ...

nature-of-god moses exodus  
asked by Mawia 11 votes
answered by Mike 6 votes

Can you answer these?

What's the biblical basis for the belief that God truly judges our hearts behind our actions and not the actions themselves?

What's the biblical basis for the belief that God ultimately judges a thing to be a sin or not based on the intentions in our heart and not the action solely? That would seem to be the indication in ...

biblical-basis judgment  
asked by LCIII 1 vote

Does Stained Glass art hold any special meaning for Catholics?

We see beautiful Catholic buildings adorned with multiple works of stained glass art; is this for any particular reason other than the fact that stained glass art looks nice?

catholicism art  
asked by Jeremy H 3 votes

Do any groups of Quakers still disapprove of the fine arts?

The family of the great painter Benjamin West belonged to a Society of Friends when West was a child, and according to his biography, in that environment his prodigious artistic talents were not ...

denomination christian-living art society-of-friends  
asked by Nathaniel 2 votes
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