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Top new questions this week:

Where do primary sources for the Bible reside?

Bible translations are made from sources. Where are these sources? In a university, museum, government agency or what?

history bible-translation  
asked by Kenneth Sellen 15 votes
answered by Affable Geek 14 votes

To a YEC, how does a metaphorical interpretation of Genesis 1-3 distort the gospel?

In my conversations with Young Earth Creationists (YECs), I have on occasion heard the argument that I must interpret Genesis literally, otherwise the entire gospel, culminating at salvation, …

soteriology young-earth-creation literalism  
asked by Flimzy 9 votes
answered by bruised reed 9 votes

How comparable are the concepts of the Teaching Magisterium in the Catholic Church and the Jehovah's Witnesses view of their Watch Tower society?

Just how comparable is this particular aspect of each group's ecclesiology? If from an academic viewpoint there are marked similarities, is there an identifiable Jehovah's witness perspective on the …

catholicism jehovahs-witnesses comparative-christianity authority ecclesiology  
asked by bruised reed 9 votes
answered by FMShyanguya 2 votes

How do non-sacramental denominations identify and ordain pastors and other leaders?

I'm aware that not all Christian denominations call the leaders/pastors of local congregations "priests" (as Catholics, Orthodox, some Anglicans, and apparently some Lutherans do, perhaps among …

reformed-theology clergy ordination  
asked by Matt Gutting 7 votes
answered by Affable Geek 4 votes

How is offering X Hail Marys not considered vain repetition?

So if the Hail Mary is a prayer and saying the prayer multiple times is encouraged in Catholicism, what established reason does the Catholic church give to justify it not being a vain repetition. …

catholicism prayer gospel-of-matthew hail-mary  
asked by LCIII 6 votes
answered by Matt Gutting 6 votes

What is the context of Chesterton's quote: "When we bind our hearts, we free our hands."?

In anticipation of watching the new Ragamuffin movie, I'm watching an interview with Rich Mullins. Found transcript here. During the interview, he is seeking to explain what it means by "centering …

g-k-chesterton  
asked by Affable Geek 6 votes
answered by James T 4 votes

What is the Authoritative Catholic Explanation of why the Magi get a pass, yet Catholics are to reject Astrology?

What is the Authoritative Catholic Explanation of why the Magi get a pass, yet Catholics are required to reject Astrology? Catechism of the Catholic Church | Divination and magic, 2116 has: All …

catholicism biblical-basis commandments astrology  
asked by FMShyanguya 6 votes
answered by Jayarathina Madharasan 3 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Why didn't the Jews understand "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani"?

Matthew 27: 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" that is, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" 47 Some of those who stood …

jesus crucifixion jews aramaic  
asked by Byzantine 11 votes
answered by konwayk 7 votes

What word did Jesus use for God in Aramaic?

What is the word and pronunciation for God in Aramaic? I saw 'AaLaH' is the pronunciation for God from this link - http://www.peshitta.org/lexicon/. Did Jesus uses the word 'AaLaH' for God during …

bible jesus word-study  
asked by manuthalasseril 5 votes
answered by Halloworld3 10 votes

Can you answer these?

When did the concept of "wine is grape juice" originate?

A discussion in chat today has lead me to this question. Most of us should be familiar with the debate about whether Jesus drank alcoholic wine, or some other form of wine, or simple grape juice. My …

history wine  
asked by Flimzy 5 votes

How are first-grade relics prepared?

Is there a formal practice to the preparation of first-grade relics? How are the remains of a saint divided? Is there a method of preservation involved? Is there now an authority in charge of …

catholicism relics  
asked by brain56 3 votes

Who were Agur and Lemuel?

The book of Proverbs lists different authors. Some are given names (Like Solomon - Proverbs 1:1) while some have no names like "Sayings of the Wise (Proverbs 22:17, 24:23). We also read in Proverbs …

authorship proverbs  
asked by user10077 4 votes
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