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Top new questions this week:

Why are psalms in the bible printed with funny spacing?

What is the significance of the awkward spacing (on the right below) when songs are printed in the bible? Is this spacing in the original scripts, or is it assumed by the translator somehow?

bible bible-translation  
asked by adamdport 15 votes
answered by Susan 24 votes

Is Luke's label for Christianity - "the Way" - used in later Christian writings?

Christianity is referred to several times in the book of Acts as "the Way" (hē hodos), initially at 9:2: [Saul] asked [the high priest] for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he ...

church-fathers acts greek luke  
asked by Susan 8 votes

Did John Wesley reject the Athanasian Creed?

I've seen a few examples online of people claiming that John Wesley objected to the "hell" clauses of the Athanasian Creed, such as on the United Methodist Church website: United Methodists are ...

church-history protestantism hell wesley athanasian-creed  
asked by Nathaniel 6 votes

What is the Biblical support for a distinction between veneration and worship?

I was reading a question about icons, and this raised some questions for me. Catholic and Eastern Orthodox beliefs hold to there being a difference between worship and veneration. What is the ...

biblical-basis eastern-orthodox worship iconography veneration  
asked by jlaverde 6 votes

Were Jews allowed to sacrifice to the LORD at altars other than at the tabernacle and temple?

I am familiar with the references in Leviticus and Deuteronomy that legislated that the sacrifices were to occur only where the LORD had chosen to "put His name." He evidently had put His name with ...

exegesis mosaic-law 1-kings  
asked by J. M. 5 votes
answered by warren 1 vote

What country has the largest Catholic population without a cardinal?

Among all extant countries without a priest currently serving as cardinal, which one has the greatest population of Roman Catholics? And among all extant countries that have never had a priest ...

catholicism demographics  
asked by Psychonaut 5 votes
answered by Mr. Bultitude 11 votes

Have mormons stopped preaching door-to-door?

Some time ago I read an article such as this one (dated June 25th, 2013), that says that: Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Sunday that missionaries won’t be ...

asked by x457812 4 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

What is the difference between a pastor, a priest, and a minister?

No, this is not the start of a joke about a bunch of people walking into a bar. Rather, I thought it would be helpful to clarify various titles that people give to leadership roles in churches.

denomination terminology priesthood clergy leadership  
asked by Affable Geek 15 votes
answered by Peter Turner 12 votes

What is the significance of the three different gifts (gold, frankincense and myrrh) given to Jesus by the Magi after his birth?

In Matthew 2:11, we read that the Magi or wise men brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Were these common gifts to be given at that time or did each of them hold significant meaning, ...

gospel-of-matthew symbolism nativity historic-customs  
asked by Narnian 11 votes
answered by Peter Turner 4 votes

Can you answer these?

Wouldn't the "spirit of Jesus" [mentioned in Acts 16:7] challenge the idea of the Trinity?

As seen here: ...and after they came to Mysia, they were trying to go into Bithynia, and the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them; If Jesus ...

trinity pneumatology unitarianism  
asked by RJ Navarrete 1 vote

Why doesn't the Pope try asserting doctrines ex cathedra to check if they're true?

My understanding is that the Catholic Church teaches that when the Pope speaks ex cathedra, he is infallible, because what he says in such instances is divinely protected from error. There are a lot ...

asked by William Hoza 1 vote

In Eastern Orthodoxy, how is an icon recognized as inspired?

In a discussion on imagery and icons, the Orthodox Study Bible says: Every image, or icon, of Christ has significant theological content. For it proclaims anew the Incarnation of God, who "became ...

jesus eastern-orthodox worship art iconography  
asked by Nathaniel 4 votes
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