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December 29 2016 By dvirtue Will there be a Christian King Charles the 3rd?

You can tell when the old secular blokes and the laptop are feeling unloved and unnoticed; that's the moment when they put out their latest call for the disestablishment of the Church of England.

The which they have just done today. Perhaps they were miffed by the Queen speaking out increasingly forthrightly in her Christmas messages? This year she said movingly and memorably

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December 17 2016 By dvirtue Core Issues Trust Writes Archbishop Welby over Same Sex Relationships

Throughout the history of the Church I am not aware of a case where a sinful practice was re-categorised as a grace. This would be a dramatic 'first'.

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December 14 2016 By dvirtue King's College wrong to erase Carey from its wall of Fame

Back in 2010, at the height of the gay marriage debate, LGBT student campaigners demanded the removal of Lord Carey for opposing this policy. The university, however, stood firm, a spokesman explaining that 'Lord Carey's views are his own and offered as part of an open debate'. King's was originally founded as a Christian institution, and Carey had graduated there in 1962 as a Bachelor of Divinity.

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December 12 2016 By dvirtue Rowan Williams and Failed Elitist Liberalism

Wading into the recent fray of the American Presidential election is former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams. Williams is a perfect example of a failed ideology that places the wrong man in the wrong job at the wrong time. When the Anglican Communion needed the strength and determination of a Winston Church it received the timidity and indecision of a Neville Chamberlin.

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December 12 2016 By dvirtue Tolerance of Islamic intolerance is the Home Office's cardinal doctrine

Iraqi and Kurdish fighters supported by coalition air strikes are fighting to free Mosul from the stranglehold of Isis in a knife-edged battle that reminds me of Tennyson's Charge of the Light Brigade.

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December 10 2016 By dvirtue Leaving home -- the future of the Christian faith in England

I often wonder how I could explain our present difficulties to St Augustine who came here to evangelise in 597. I think I would say that "just as you, blessed brother in Christ, are still struggling with the Arians, who are powerful in Eastern Europe at the moment, we are struggling with the new Arians. Just as you will overcome them by the 8th Century, we will too, by the power of the Spirit.

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December 07 2016 By dvirtue Choosing anti-truth. The 3 Syriac bishops, the Home Office and Nissar Hussain

But before they could be allowed in to visit London they had to pass a couple of Home Office tests. There are two that govern visas. They are very simple. Would these three Middle Eastern gentlemen be likely to slip into the shadows once they got over here, and refuse to go home? And did they have enough money to support themselves while they were here?

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December 05 2016 By dvirtue 'Hate Crime' is the product of our new secular religion

Civilisation had to wait 3,000 years before the loony left came up with the legal absurdity of "hate crime" in the mid-eighties. John Leo used the term in 1989 in an article entitled "The Politics of Hate" in which he challenged a law proposed by the District of Columbia. Leo not unreasonably asked:

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December 02 2016 By dvirtue Has the Bonhoeffer Moment Finally Arrived?

As it became likely that the U. S. Supreme Court would overturn legal barriers to same-sex marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges, these Christians were convinced the time had come for bold resistance. If the apocalyptic character of this historical moment tended not to register with moderates and liberals, it's because this was not our apocalypse.

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November 30 2016 By dvirtue Mass democracy has failed -- it's time to seek a humane alternative

We have seen elsewhere how extremists have been elected with the optimistic collusion or tolerance of those who believe that such people can be "managed" in office; and we have seen them discover, bitterly and too late, their error. Nor is there any indication that Trump's energy is in short supply.

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