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Why is it common knowledge that the Dark Ages was all that dark?
It has long been received wisdom that following the collapse of Rome, Europe slumbered through a millenium of ignorance that came to be known as the Dark Ages. Historian JB Bury noted that when Emperor Constantine adopted Christianity, this "inaugurated a millenium in which reason was enchained, thought was enslaved, and knowledge made no progress "
William Manchester described it as an "era of incessant warfare, corruption,...
Do you believe that those who are going to heaven - must be subjected to the "fires of hell" in Purgatory?
According to Catholic teaching you cannot go to heaven or purgatory - if you die with mortal sin on your soul - having not been absolved from it in this life.
For example - what some of them call "mild envy" Coveting is a "venial" sin according to Catholic tradition.
Murder and worshiping false gods - a mortal sin.
This is going to be a very long post, but that is not really a problem for anyone interested in the subject because the videos I will reference cover around 8-10 hours of material. So I will let the length of this post be the fire to burn away the unwanted replies that are not gold.
I've become more or less exhausted in debating with the mental gymnasts among you known as apologists, and, as noted in another of my threads here on this forum, I am done with the arguing for the time being....
I see this happen time and time and time again.
The statistics are there. They're not invented and they're pretty frightening, when we look at the reality of what proportion of women are abused in their own home.
So why, instead of being outraged and working with us to eradicate this, do so many men seem to want to minimise or deny it?
I honestly don't understand what good comes of trying to pretend this isn't real.
Why were people stoned to death, even though the 6th commandment says Thou Shalt Not Kill?
Hi Can someone (or people) help me understand how to apply the Sabbath day in today's busy world? And on which day of the week is it? Saturday or Sunday? I really want to understand this concept and very important commandment but I do not know how we are supposed to have an ENTIRE day of "rest" (and personal time with God?) when we will probably most definitely be required to do some sort of "work". :/
So of course I believe in the Son, Father and Holy Ghost, but I believe that they are all in one. Some Christian's like the one's who are into the Trinity believe that they are all separate spirits. Trinity is found no where in the Bible though. So how does that even make sense at all? I also have another question concerning the matter. So how about Baptism? Are there really several ways to Baptiste or is there really only one real way?
If you look at the history of the Reformation in England, you see a constant back and forth.
First we see Wycliffe and the Lollards in the 15th century with their proto-Protestant beliefs. Lollardy was quite powerful before the execution of Oldcastle destroyed them politically, but it remained widespread and their ideas fed and they were eventually absorbed into English Protestantism. There are ample records of the execution of Lollards up to the Reformation, and many ideas like Iconoclasm...
Here is a thinking experiment for you. What if Christianity never canonized a group of writings that we now know as the Bible? Or what if the Apostles or the Prophets never wrote anything down, or if what they wrote was permanently destroyed so as not to have made it down to our time? What would the state of Christianity by like today in your opinion? How would it effect your faith tradition?
Is it being nice? Is it puppies and kittens and all things fluffy? Is God love?
Let's discuss what love is and isn't, all in light of the teachings of scripture and the example of Christ. What is love and what are some misunderstandings of what love is, and how does what we think about love effect of lives as Christians?