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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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November 30 2016 By dvirtue Anglican cleric takes to task Archbishops' Secretary General over GAFCON UK Paper on SS Practice

"The teaching of the Church of England on matters relating to same-sex practice and unions is, and remains, as set out in the document issued by the Church's House of Bishops in 1991 Issues in Human Sexuality. That document pre-dates the Lambeth Conference of 1998, and is consistent with the resolution 1:10 of the Conference."

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November 29 2016 By dvirtue CROSSING THE RUBICON: Lambeth Resolution I.10, the Church of England, and the Anglican Communion

I was present at the 1998 Lambeth Conference where the Resolution was passed, and I published an analysis of its text and significance. It was approved overwhelmingly by the bishops of the Communion, including the then Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, but was rejected immediately thereafter by the majority of bishops in the Episcopal Church USA. The rejection led to nearly two decades of strife within the Communion which continues to this day.

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November 28 2016 By dvirtue 'Rebel Priest' Rev Jules Gomes: Rowan Williams is more dangerous than Donald Trump

Dr. Williams is an eyebrow, oops, I mean, highbrow academic. Every statement he makes dies the death of a hundred footnotes and a thousand qualifications. Journalist Steven Glover likens Rowan-speak to 'wading through cold porridge with a lead weight attached to one's feet.' Benjamin Disraeli might have described him as a 'sophistical rhetorician, inebriated with the exuberance of his own verbosity.'

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