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Top new questions this week:

Which Catholic theologians say that Purgatory is a "fiery moment"?

I was watching a video interview of NT Wright about life after death, in which he makes a statement that: Some Roman Catholic theologians now say that that's actually what Purgatory is actually ...

catholicism purgatory nt-wright  
asked by Flimzy 7 votes
answered by Bear in a Studebaker 5 votes

Did Martin Luther accept or reject the existence of Purgatory?

Martin Luther rejected many dogmas and doctrines of the Catholic Church. What was his belief concerning Purgatory? Did he accept it or reject it?

martin-luther purgatory  
asked by H3br3wHamm3r81 6 votes
answered by ThaddeusB 4 votes

What writings are held as "biblical canon" by Swedenborgians?

Reading an article on Emanuel Swedenborg, I came across the following fact: It should be noted, however, that Corinthians is not included in the list of books that, according to Swedenborg, ...

bible canon swedenborg  
asked by Andrew 6 votes
answered by Lee Woofenden 6 votes

Purgatory - is it a place or state?

According to Catholicism, does purgatory refer to a place or state? Has it ever been described as a place and then later a state, or vice-versa?

catholicism purgatory  
asked by H3br3wHamm3r81 5 votes
answered by Matt Gutting 1 vote

What is the origin of the belief that Satan tortures the unsaved in Hell?

There's a thought that Satan (the devil) tortures the unsaved in Hell. For example, a brief search revealed a website wherein a member posted the following: I think of Satan more of a psycopath ...

biblical-basis church-history satan hell origin  
asked by H3br3wHamm3r81 5 votes
answered by Steve 1 vote

What is the evidence that Thomas Aquinas was assassinated?

Reading the Wikipedia article on Thomas Aquinas, I stumbled on something rather peculiar. Apparently he fell ill and died at the age of 49 on his way to the Second Council of Lyon, where he had been ...

history st-thomas-aquinas murder dante divine-comedy  
asked by Nathaniel 5 votes
answered by Geremia 2 votes

What is the Catholic concept of "freedom to sin"?

This question is inspired by a question posted on ScienceFiction&Fantasy.SE. The central issue (vastly oversimplifying) is whether it's more evil to compel someone to do good than to compel them ...

catholicism sin free-will morality  
asked by Jason Baker 4 votes
answered by FMS 0 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

What is the difference between holiness and righteousness?

Both holiness and righteousness are used to describe God. Additionally, we as Christians are called to be holy and righteous as well. These are two distinct words, so they must have distinct ...

nature-of-god christian-living nature-of-man  
asked by Sycamore 11 votes
answered by David 5 votes

What is the difference between man's soul and spirit?

It is easy to recognize the body as the physical matter that makes up a person. The body is clearly distinct from the soul and spirit in several ways: The body is visible to others. (When I see ...

nature-of-man souls spirit  
asked by jimreed 11 votes
answered by Eddy Knox 8 votes

Can you answer these?

Who, exactly, are James son of Alphaeus and Judas the Son [Brother] of James?

One note specifically is that some translations read that Judas (not Iscariot) was known as Judas brother of James, but most say Judas Son of James. Luke 6:16 NIV Judas son of James, and Judas ...

gospels disciple james-apostle  
asked by RJ Navarrete 4 votes

Communion of saints - Is there a Greek equivalent of "ecclesia penitens"?

The doctrine of the communion of saints states that the body of Christ consists of three churches: The Church militant, or Latin ecclesia militans, or Greek ἡ ἐκκλησία ἡ στρατευομένη The Church ...

catholicism eastern-orthodox greek communion-of-saints  
asked by H3br3wHamm3r81 3 votes

How far advanced was the Virgin Mary's Pregancy when she returned to Nazareth?

According to the gospel of St. Luke, the Virgin Mary after receiving the good news from the angel Gabriel, visited her cousin Elizabeth (a week's travel away) and stayed with her for three months. ...

virgin-mary gospel-of-luke chronology john-the-baptist  
asked by Surya Tanamas 3 votes
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