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Did St. Augustine say God was busy preparing hell for people who ask about what was He doing before creation?

Referring to this quote: He was busy creating hell for people who ask such questions. -- St. Augustine(in reply to "What was God doing before creation?") Did St. Augustine actually say that?
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Was Sun's distance mentioned correctly in “Hanuman Chalisa”, the 16 th century poem?

I found many sites stating that the Sun's distance was mentioned accurately in the "Hanuman Chalisa" hymn written in the 16th century. Even Wikipedia has a mention of this. juga sahasra jojana ...
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Jizya paid in exchange for not being slain? [duplicate]

Jizya is a historical tax paid by some non-Muslim subjects in Islamic states. Pamela Geller, an award winning author, states Jizya is the exorbitant poll tax imposed on non-Muslims or dhimmis ...
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Are the outcomes of evolution too improbable to have occurred in the Earth's lifetime?

Creationist site Creation.som cites a commenter who complains that biologists ignore his arguments: Then I try and help [evolutionists] understand the mathematics and logistics of creation and ...
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Minorities and Prejudice. [closed]

I watched an episode of Real Time with Bill Maher Show and made me wondering: If you are majority (race, gender, caste or whatever) you always have to watch what you say about minorities otherwise ...
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Are there more pedophiles in the Catholic Church than other religions, or professions [closed]

Are there more pedophiles per capita in the Catholic Church than other religions, or in other professions in general? If so, what is the evidence. This seems like a very difficult thing to really know ...
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Does the tradition of Sabbath originate from the Babylonian rest day Sapattu?

It is often claimed that the tradition of Sabbath has its origin in ancient Babylon. The Babylonian restdays are named 'Sapattu' and there are several other similarities (including the linkage to the ...
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Were the Ten Commandments taken from the Egyptian Book of the Dead?

This meme image from Pinterest suggests the Old Testament's Ten Commandments were derived from the Egyptian Book of the Dead. Does this sound familiar? Do not curse god Do not scorn ...
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Did a survey of conservative Christians show 85% would disown their child if they turned out to be homo sapiens?

This Facebook post, attributed to the The Atheist Advocate, says: We polled over 10,000 conservative Christians "What would you do, if you discovered that your child was a homo sapien?" ...
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Were beavers once classified as fish for religious reasons?

Starting from a comment on this ELL question, it appears to be a fairly common internet fact. The most famous case involving beavers began when Francois de Laval, the first Bishop of Quebec, ...
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Was Mother Teresa a fanatic and a fraud? [closed]

According to this article, Mother Teresa did much more harm than good and was opposed to helping the poor, the ills and raped women. Is it true that Mother Teresa didn't do much to help those in ...
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Does the bible explicitly forbide homosexuality? [closed]

It's pretty common to hear that the bible condemn homosexuality, I've seen many references to versus. However, there is a good amount of debate as to which verses are actually speaking specifically ...
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What is the source for the supposed “sound of hell”?

I found this suspicious claim on Facebook. Apparently some "scientists" recorded sound 15km under the surface and it sounds like ...hell. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSEBkmRQpG0 This is the ...
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Can Mormons distinguish Mormons by the texture of their skin?

Katherine Orgill writes in Skin texture glow distinguishes Mormons from others: The study was prompted by a comment Rule received from a colleague who said he believed Mormons could identify ...
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Are engineers more religious than average faculty?

Recent Slashdot article: In a forthcoming book, Engineers of Jihad, published by Princeton University Press, Diego Gambetta and Steffen Hertog provide a new theory explaining why engineers seem ...
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Has Sam Harris ever 'sanctified' violence against Muslims? [closed]

Scenario In this video, Chris Hedges states that Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris have 'sanctified' violence against Muslims because [Muslims] are barbaric. Question Are there any instances that ...
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Have Islamic prayers been introduced into Ontario public schools while Christian ones have been removed?

Recently I saw one of those chain letters circulating that made a number of lurid claims that looked suspect for me. Here's the first such claim: Islamic prayers have now been introduced into ...
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Did Saddam Hussein have a Quran written in blood?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_Quran http://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/dec/19/saddam-legacy-quran-iraqi-government "The "Blood Qur'an" is a copy of the Islamic holy book, the Qur'an, claimed ...
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Ethnoreligions: what religions explicitly claim heritability? [closed]

Several SE/SO questions (e.g., this) address what is often claimed to be (often correctly) confusion between ethnicity and religion. Certainly (IIUC, ICBW) most modern religions tend to be avowedly ...
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Has Kim Davis been divorced three times?

This CNN article claims that Kim Davis has been divorced three times. The Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses for religious reasons despite a Supreme Court ...
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Did thousands of people claim to witness a strange solar phenomena (“dancing sun”) at Fatima?

Let me clarify, I'm not asking if a miracle happened, or for a scientific explanation for why the sun might appear to do what was claimed. I'm asking about the actual numbers... if there is any ...
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Is there scientific justification for the Hindu gotra system? [closed]

In Hinduism, people have 'gothras' which essentially trace their lineage all the way to one of seven sages. A man and a woman with the same gothra are not supposed to marry. There is a purported ...
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Was there a study finding that being an atheist is viewed on the level of being a rapist in the US?

In the newest episode of Q&A (which was broadcast on Monday, 29 June 2015), a theoretical physicist and cosmologist named Lawrence Krauss from America, made this statement/comment. There's ...
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Is this video of a Muslim cleric denying heliocentrism authentic? [closed]

I recently found this video, which purports to show the Muslim cleric Bandar al-Khaibari denying heliocentrism. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9Jp_XCvVto I am skeptical that the person depicted in ...
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Are there more Mormons in the world than Jews?

I notice on Wikipedia that it lists the total number of Jewish adherents at ~14 million, and it lists the number of adherents in the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) at ...
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Have many Falun Gong practitioners forgone medical treatment and died of treatable causes as a result?

The Chinese government is notably opposed to Falun Gong. In 1999, they were quoted in the Sun Sentinel: the government charged that Falun Gong was responsible for the deaths of 1,400 people -- ...
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Is Falun Gong worse for its practitioners and society than other religions like Christianity? [closed]

EDIT: after too broad closure, split into: Is it true that Falun Gong practicioners don't go to hospital when they need it more often than non-religious people? The Chinese government has ...
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Has the documentary hypothesis become invalid? [closed]

The documentary hypothesis is a hypothesis which proposes that the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible) was derived from originally independent, parallel and complete narratives, which were ...
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Did Pope Gregory IX call the Holy Fire a fraud?

It is commonly claimed that Pope Gregory IX said the annual Holy Fire miracle in Jerusalem is a fake. This backed up by the Holy Fire Wikipedia page. Unfortunately, the reference for that claim ...
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Do non-religious people make more money?

Two separate people claimed in answers and comments on Do atheists commit far fewer crimes? that atheists have higher income than religious people. Sklivvz wrote about criminals in the USA: [..] ...
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Did a Jewish rabbi precisely calculate the duration of the full moon cycle 1800 years ago?

Attempting to prove to me that Judaism is the only true religion, a friend of mine read to me from a book titled, The Coming Revolution, that the Zohar (a 2nd/3rd century CE commentary on the Torah ...
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Do atheists commit far fewer crimes?

According to a post by latimes.com, "How secular family values stack up": Atheists were almost absent from our prison population as of the late 1990s, comprising less than half of 1% of those ...
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Are secular/atheist adults less vengeful, nationalistic, militaristic, authoritarian and more tolerant?

From: How secular family values stack up Many psychological studies show that secular grownups tend to be less vengeful, less nationalistic, less militaristic, less authoritarian and more ...
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Did witchcraft testing inevitably result in death by either drowning or execution?

From a speech by Australian politician David Leyonhjelm, but I've heard it elsewhere many times: The senator borrowed other stories from history in the speech, opening with details of the old ...
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Is this 90 year old mummy “not dead, just meditating”

Here is a news headline so unusual it can't be true: Buddhists claim mummified monk is 'not dead, just meditating' Senior Buddhists say a mummified monk found preserved in Mongolia last week ...
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Is this list of Killings Ordered or Supported by Muhammad accurate? [closed]

I'd like to know to what extend this list is trustable: Wikiislam.net - List of Killings Ordered or Supported by Muhammad Are the sources credible and backed up with solid information? And if not, ...
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Are there officially pronounced “no-go” Islamic zones in France?

In this Hannity interview on Fox News on 9 January, 2015, American author Robert Spencer said that: So in France they have set up - the French government lists on a public web-site -751 no-go ...
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Was swastika a popular symbol among Slavs and/or Proto-Indo-Europeans?

It seems to me that many Russian nationalists and neo-paganists currently believe that swastika was a Solar symbol or a symbol of fortune in ancient Slavic folklore. There are multiple paintings by ...
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Did Saint Charbel Makhluf's body remain intact for 50 years?

Saint Charbel Makhluf, O.L.M. (or Sharbel Maklouf),[1] (Arabic: مار شربل‎, May 8, 1828 – December 24, 1898) was a Maronite monk and priest from Lebanon. During his life he obtained a wide ...
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Life (i.e. cells) originated from clay

It's 'revealed' in many religious scriptures that man was created from clay: Life from clay Creation from clay There is an interesting article in New Scientist titled, Clay's matchmaking could ...
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Do more “animal sacrifices, desecrations of cemeteries” happen at Halloween?

The Daily Mail wrote that the Vatican claims that Halloween is evil and dangerous for young people and there are more animal sacrifices, desecrations of cemeteries and thefts of sacred bones ...
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Is Idaho forcing pastors to conduct same-sex weddings or face penalties?

According to this article from "ADF" and this in the Washington Post, the city of Coeur d'Alene is requiring the Knapps, an ordained couple, to conduct same sex weddings or face penalties for ...
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What happened to Jaco van der Westhuyzen's knee?

Reading in the South Africa newspapers about the awful church building collapse of the popular prophet T. B. Joshua in Nigeria lead me to the claims of Jaco van der Westhuyzen regarding T. B. Joshua's ...
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Did Martin Luther refer to physicians who assume diseases come from natural causes as “ignorant blockheads” (or the German equivalent)?

I found this quote, attributed to Martin Luther: Idiots, the lame, the blind, the dumb, are men in whom the devils have established themselves: and all the physicians who heal these infirmities, ...
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Are atheists more generous than Christians?

This Metro article reports: Are atheists more generous than Christians? This homeless man’s experiment seems to suggest so. Some religions may say change comes from within, but this homeless ...
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Does the Quran promote violence? [closed]

Does the Qur'an promote violence towards others, or does it promote peace? I hear a lot of people saying that it promotes peace, but this seems like wishful thinking to me (both by believers and ...
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Do people think from their heart? [closed]

We all know that the brain is in control of movement, information processing...etc. But Do people think from their heart or from their brain? To me I have always thought that it was the brain. But ...
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Is the mustard seed the smallest of seeds?

From Matthew 13:31-32, 31 He [Jesus] put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; 32 it is the smallest of all the ...
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How responsible was Christianity for the Dark Ages of Western Europe? [closed]

I am well aware that during this period there were many scientific and technological achievements in many parts of the world, including the Islamic World, the Late Roman/Byzantium Empire, and the East ...
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Is Atheism growing in count? Wikipedia says its only 0.05% last decade. [closed]

Wikipedia is saying that percentage increase in atheists in last decade is only 0.05. Is this a reliable data? Is atheism stagnant?