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Was ex-slave Frederick Douglass right that in his day 'religious slaveholders are the worst'? If so why would this be?

It is unlikely that he was right, and it is unlikely that there is any evidence either way, but it is natural that he said that. People see patterns everywhere, regardless of whether they exist in ...
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Why can't the gospel of Mark be as late as 110 CE?

According to (most) religious and secular scholars alike, Mark and Matthew are the first two (surviving) gospels ever written, the other two being written (decades) later. The author of the apocalypse ...
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How old is the practice of wearing your "Sunday Best" to church?

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED2) lists Sunday best and Sunday's best under the lemma Sunday, but does not provide literary citations for these terms. The oldest instance I could find dates to the ...
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How old is the practice of wearing your "Sunday Best" to church?

This is probably a better question to ask in the Christianity SE site, as the readers there would be more familiar with the relevant historical books on the subject. The phrase itself was most likely ...
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Who are the Cathari in the Canons of the council of Nicaea?

The relevant text of the canones from the Nicean Council of 325 is as follows: Canon VIII. Concerning those who call themselves Cathari, if they come over to the Catholic and Apostolic Church, the ...
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Why can't the gospel of Mark be as late as 110 CE?

After making a timeline of Jesus and early Christianity, it seems to me very difficult to date Mark gospel later than during the 80' decade. I'm not expert in the topic, but Mark's gospel fits well ...
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Why can't the gospel of Mark be as late as 110 CE?

I thank LangLangC for his answer, which helpfully points out that at least some modern scholars, motivated by the hypothesis of Marcionite priority, are willing to consider much later dates for Mark. ...
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Why can't the gospel of Mark be as late as 110 CE?

The question needs a couple of frame challenges. Dating solutions for the gospel of Mark do range from ~40s–140s. It is correct to say that the most common/popular/conventional dating would put Mark ...
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Do most scholars (including secular ones) agree upon four historical facts about Jesus of Nazareth?

No, absolutely not. William Lane Craig is a well known biblical scholar and a Christian apologist. I've seen many of his debates, and can't say I'm impressed by the strength of his arguments. I've ...
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