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Aberdeen Philosophical Society

Aberdeen Philosophical Society  

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Also known as the Wise Club, the Aberdeen Philosophical Society was founded in January 1758 and continued to meet until the spring or early summer of 1773. The Society was ...
Adolf Harnack

Adolf Harnack  

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(1851–1930), German Church historian and theologian. From 1888 to 1921 he was a professor at Berlin. He was probably the most outstanding patristic scholar of his generation, dealing especially with ...
Ampulla, Holy

Ampulla, Holy  

The Holy Ampulla was one of the principal objects in the coronation liturgy of the kings of France at Reims; it commemorated the founding miracle of Clovis's baptism in 498 ...
Anthony Collins

Anthony Collins  

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(1676–1729)Collins is celebrated primarily as an early ‘free-thinker’ or atheist, with his Discourse of Free-thinking (1713) being the best-remembered of his works. However, he wrote extensively on ...
Antony Garrard Newton Flew

Antony Garrard Newton Flew  

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(1923–)Antony Flew was born on 11 February 1923 in Ealing, London, England. He attended St. Faith’s Preparatory School, Kingswood School, and St. John’s College, Oxford, where he earned a ...
apparition

apparition  

Accounts of apparitions are common in medieval literature. Distinguished from visions by a specific Latin or vernacular terminology (apparere, apparitio and their derivatives), apparitions were ...
aretalogy

aretalogy  

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A narrative which is a recital of the qualities or virtues (Greek, aretai) of a worker of miracles, such as Jesus and pagan philosophers like Apollonius of Tyana (d. 98 ce), whose biography was ...
art, Dominican

art, Dominican  

The Order of Preachers’ commitment to scholarship and teaching had far-reaching repercussions for 13th- and 14th-century art. Dominican patronage of the age can be associated with intellectually ...
art, Franciscan

art, Franciscan  

Even before the death of the order’s founder, Francis of Assisi (1226), the Franciscan order had expanded first around the Mediterranean and subsequently throughout Europe. It rapidly recognized and ...
atheism

atheism  

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The theory or belief that God does not exist. The word comes (in the late 16th century, via French) from Greek atheos, from a- ‘without’ + theos ‘god’.
Atkinson Lee

Atkinson Lee  

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(1880–1955)Atkinson Lee was born in Driffield, Yorkshire and died in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in early 1955. He was the son of a Primitive Methodist minister. After education at Cambridge, where he ...
Ayā

Ayā  

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(pl. āyāt; Arab., ‘sign’ or ‘mark’).In the Qurʾān, a mark of Allāh's existence and power (2. 248; 3. 41; 26. 197), and especially ‘a miracle’. The greatest sign and ...
Babbage-Chambers paradox

Babbage-Chambers paradox  

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Charles Babbage (1791–1871), mathematician and almost-inventor of the digital computer, observed in his Ninth Bridgwater Thesis (1838) that his calculating engine could produce the series of natural ...
Barsumas

Barsumas  

(d. c.457),archimandrite and saint of the Syrian Orthodox Church. He was invited by the Emp. Theodosius II (d. 450) to defend Eutyches at the Second Council of Ephesus (Latrocinium ...
Bartholomew Of Pisa

Bartholomew Of Pisa  

(died 1401)Born at Rinonico (Pisa), Bartholomew took the habit of the Friars Minor in 1352 and was a pupil of Bartolo da Buti, a famous Master of the Pisan ...
beatification

beatification  

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In the Roman Catholic Church, declaration by the Pope that a dead person is in a state of bliss, constituting the first step towards canonization and permitting public veneration.
Bede

Bede  

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(673–735,historian and scholar, when young placed in the charge of Benedict Biscop, the abbot of Wearmouth. From there he went in 682 to Jarrow, where he spent most of his life. He was a diligent ...
blood of Christ

blood of Christ  

The blood struck from Christ’s side by a lance (John 19:34) was central to patristic and medieval theologies of redemption. Conflated with the blood referred to by Christ in instituting ...
Boris and Gleb

Boris and Gleb  

(d. 1015),martyrs. Sons of Vladimir by Anne of Constantinople, these two princes were killed at the instigation of their elder half-brother, Svyatopolk, whose aim was to ‘exterminate all his brothers ...
C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis  

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(1898–1963)British author and scholar, many of whose works deal with religious and moral themes reflecting his Christian faith.Born in Belfast, Lewis was sent after his mother's early death to ...

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