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September 20 2016 By dvirtue THE POWER OF THE LAITY

But, for many decades now there has been a recognition that 'God's Frozen People' (to use the title of a popular book from the 1960s) needed to be unfrozen and the opportunities for public ministry have grown enormously. The biblical teaching that the church is the Body of Christ has become central to our way of thinking and the gifts of God's people recognised, at least in theory.

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September 19 2016 By dvirtue Tom Holland: Why I was wrong about Christianity

With time, it darkened further still. My obsession with dinosaurs -- glamorous, ­ferocious, extinct -- evolved seamlessly into an obsession with ancient empires. When I read the Bible, the focus of my fascination was less the children of Israel or Jesus and his disciples than their adversaries: the Egyptians, the Assyrians, the Romans.

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September 19 2016 By dvirtue The Bible unequivocally prohibits homosexuality

'One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit,' claims Prof Frankfurt. As a test case let's examine Archbishop Barry Morgan's address to the Church of Wales, delivered on the eve of his retirement. Does it come under the category of bullshit?

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September 17 2016 By dvirtue UK: Trust not in the large conservative commuter churches

With the leadership of the Church of England now seemingly unwilling to defend biblical teaching on marriage and human sexuality, and the tacit or even official authorisation of services of same-sex blessing looking likely, are English confessing Anglicans capable of doing an ACNA?

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September 17 2016 By dvirtue Why I was wrong about Christianity

With time, it darkened further still. My obsession with dinosaurs -- glamorous, ­ferocious, extinct -- evolved seamlessly into an obsession with ancient empires. When I read the Bible, the focus of my fascination was less the children of Israel or Jesus and his disciples than their adversaries: the Egyptians, the Assyrians, the Romans.

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September 16 2016 By dvirtue A Response to the Archbishop of Wales' Defense of Same-Sex Relationships

The second part of the Archbishops first argument is that we need to interpret Biblical texts with principles rather than follow the teaching of concrete texts. (He might have said this more directly.) He will later in his speech argue in favour of a particular principle, which will be addressed anon. Here, we simply need to note that his argument is simply an assertion.

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September 13 2016 By dvirtue We must engage with Bashar al-Assad if there is to be regime change in Syria

This is why the leadership of all the churches in Syria, including Syrian Orthodox, Eastern Catholic, Armenian and Evangelical is unanimous in its opposition to the extremists and in its advocacy of peaceful change in the land.

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September 12 2016 By dvirtue Exigent Circumstances in the Anglican Communion

It was always both a question of fact and law, whether emergency conditions existed that would excuse the lack of a search warrant, knock-and-announce at the door before entering, or "Miranda" warnings before interrogating suspects. For instance, police might postpone mirandizing a suspect in order to interrogate a suspect about the location of a victim in an emergency where police believed the victim's life was at stake.

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September 09 2016 By dvirtue Orthodox Compassion for Homosexuals

Already, in Theology and the Disciplines of the Foreign Service, my memoir, I spoke of this story; it goes back to the year 1990. I had spent the previous four in Oxford, working on an earlier book. On my return to it, I discovered that the Washington diocese of The Episcopal Church (TEC), in which I was (and de iure still am) canonically resident, had in the meantime gone a considerable distance towards affirming same-sex unions, in advance of most other (TEC) dioceses.

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September 08 2016 By dvirtue The headline reads: "I met Mother Teresa ..."

Shortly after meeting Mother Teresa, Ms. Gledhill literally went physically blind. Apparently, some grit, which was actually a piece of glass, got lodged in her eye, and, as the eye became infected, it caused the other eye to also lose its sight.

Mother Teresa had nothing to do with her going blind. Meeting Mother was just a time reference point for Ms. Gledhill and her short period of blindness.

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