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Why, and what next? The questions Stephen Hawking couldn't answer

Should a professor of physics attempt to answer a question of metaphysics? Evolutionary biologist and atheist Stephen Jay Gould was emphatic that science and philosophy (or theology) were two separate conceptual domains. The Harvard professor coined the acronym NOMA (Non Overlapping Magisteria) to describe the Berlin Wall of separation between the two disciplines.

New Dean of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich is in a Civil Partnership with Another Man

"I am delighted that it was a unanimous decision to appoint Joe. He is an outstanding and Godly priest. He is warm, engaging, caring and fun. He brings energy and wisdom, and a huge amount of experience in parish ministry.

"He has been Vicar of All Saints' in Fulham for 15 years and increased the regular congregation by 25% to more than 500 each Sunday, with a particular ministry with families and young people.

Book review: Reimagining Britain: Foundations of Hope by Justin Welby

Time and again Welby brings us back to 1945, the last occasion, he suggests, when Britain was forced to reimagine itself. His enthusiasm for William Beveridge, the 1944 Education Act, the NHS and the massive housebuilding programme of the postwar Attlee government remains utterly undimmed. Those who are inclined to see the welfare state as the incubator of many of our present ills will not find much succour in these pages.

Two Dead Sea Scrolls never before displayed in public to be shown in US exhibition

The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) revealed that the 600-piece collection includes 18 other scrolls which have been displayed before, and a three-tonne stone from the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

The exhibit also features items of daily life, including pottery vessels, stone kitchenware typical of ancient Jewish homes, pagan figurines that graced Jewish households during the First Temple period, well-preserved organic materials like leather sandals and food, religious jewelry and weapons.

Lauren Southern and the Islamic Police State of Great Britain

I showed the heads of school a clip from the penultimate scene of the film where the enemy is shelling the Governor's Residency. The blasts get louder and the cannon balls land closer to target as Sir Sidney and his officers and ladies are dining in regal splendour. The building is shaking and plaster is falling into the soup. But Queen Victoria's entourage carry on the charade and pretend that nothing out of the ordinary is happening. Only Brother Belcher fails to display a stiff upper lip, and panics like a normal person.


This is Jesus' ultimate role in the purpose of God - to fashion a righteousness on behalf of those who are consciously and contritely moral failures and into which righteousness we can enter by the portal of faith and receive the favor of the Lord. If we accurately discern the trends of Israel's story, and what its religious experience was meant to be - through events, signs, symbol, etc - we can gain a good idea as to the route through life the Messiah was to follow and dutifully adopt (e.g.


‘Did the Church of England's divisions over homosexuality contribute to child sex abuse cover-up?’ proclaimed the headline to one of its purported news reports last week.
If the editor of Christian Today thought that putting a question mark at the end of the headline would mask the story’s revisionist bias, then, with respect to Mark Woods, he would be mistaken.

Sex Reassignment Doesn't Work. Here Is the Evidence

Dr. Paul McHugh, the university distinguished service professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, explains:

Transgendered men do not become women, nor do transgendered women become men. All (including Bruce Jenner) become feminized men or masculinized women, counterfeits or impersonators of the sex with which they 'identify.' In that lies their problematic future.


The first is an extraordinary initiative launched by AGMP called "The agape year." The initiative is a ministry "gap year" for those who are graduating from high school and who would like to offer themselves full-time for ministry and service to others in Christ's name.

How Politics Created an Unnecessary Dispute between Jerusalem Churches and the Israeli Government

To understand what is behind the controversy, one must understand the land issue. On some of the church lands in Jerusalem (especially those held by the Greek Orthodox patriarchate), residential neighborhoods were built after the lands were leased by the church to the Jewish National Fund (JNF). In recent years, the Greek Orthodox church decided to sell the land. This is a highly sensitive and very political issue. The church's previous patriarch, Irenaios I, was unseated after he carried out such a move.

The great lie that distinctions don't matter

Planned Parenthood and the Church of Scotland have one common goal. They want to erase the most fundamental distinction in creation -- the biological difference between men and women. There are no distinctions. This is one of the most insidious lies of the 21st century. Every day we are being brainwashed into believing that there are no distinctions, or that distinctions don't matter.

There is no gender distinction. Gender is fluid. You can choose your gender. You can be any one of 56 genders on Facebook.

Author slams Tutu for silence on Anglican Church child abuse

"The day Archbishop Tutu conferred my degree was not the first time I was touched by a clergyman from the Church of England in South Africa. In the years leading up to my graduation ceremony‚ I was being sexually abused by priests from the Church of England in South Africa. So far as I am aware‚ the Archbishop has never fully addressed such systematic and institutionalised sexual abuse happening in his own organization‚" he said.

CAPE TOWN, SA: Church begs for forgiveness as damning sex abuse claims surface

"As the Archbishop of southern Africa, I take responsibility for what has happened during the time of my predecessors and where we have wronged or failed anyone, we beg their forgiveness," Makgoba said.

He said the church's Synod of Bishops in southern Africa was "shocked and distressed" to hear of Shukri's abuse. He expressed his commitment to focus on claims of abuse levelled against the church's leaders who were entrusted to give pastoral care, especially when nothing had been done about such allegations.

Gulf Widens Between Western Provinces and Global South * Christchurch, NZ Ratifies Gay Marriage * PB Curry Pushes Pseudo Evangelism * Pittsburgh Episcopalians/Anglicans Settle Property Dispute * TEC-SC Files New Lawsuit *Albany Bishop Rips Interfaith talk

We live in a culture where the prevailing wisdom is that we are justified in our actions if we believe that God or Nature has made us the way we are. "We are born this way...." This is the justification for many who choose alternative lifestyles, differing sexual identities, and genders. It is also the justification for anti-social behavior and refusal to accept the work requirements necessary for education attainments, occupational training, and healthy family life.

'Some Women Have Penises': Church of Scotland Launches Transgender Support Guide

"I struggle with the wording of the Lord's Prayer because I see God as my parent not my father," writes Andrew, stating that: "God is genderless to me: it's not father God it is parent God."

"The Scriptures are very patriarchal; we need to update them for the 21st century," adds the churchgoer, who was born female but identifies as a man.

Another CofE Vicar comes out as trans Anglican

We are a parish church that was financed by Emmanuel Wimbledon about 100 years ago.

We are a medium sized parish church with plenty of families and spread of ages.

How did you end up in ministry?

I had a call to ministry shortly after my conversion at university. However, I felt it was important to get some experience of secular work so I went to work in the City where a number of my friends were going to work, and where I knew there was a good church that I could get involved in.

Abuse victim: "The cruel and inhuman treatment I have received from the National Safeguarding Team in Church House, and others in the Church of England hierarchy, makes what Peter Ball did to me pale into insignificance"

The opening of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) into the deficiencies of the Established Church will take the headlines, but other stories have also arisen. The poor handling of Fr Matt Ineson's complaints against five bishops was featured in the BBC Inside Out programme, and the substance of it appeared on the BBC website. It was covered by Christian Today, and, as so often, His Grace offered a strong and incisive contribution.

Archbishop Sentamu ordered 'no action' against paedophile priest -- leaving him to abuse again and commit suicide

'Them' being John Sentamu, Archbishop of York; Peter Burrows, Bishop of Doncaster; Steven Croft, Bishop of Sheffield (now Bishop of Oxford); Martyn Snow, Archdeacon of Sheffield (now Bishop of Leicester); Glyn Webster, Bishop of Beverley; and Roy Williamson, Bishop of Bradford (now retired).

Nigerian Primate Says GAFCON Exists Because Some Anglican Leaders Have Rejected Authority of Bible

"These divisions are deepening and will not be healed by the techniques of the corporate world. They are spiritual problems which need spiritual solutions and the first step is repentance, which requires that the unchanging truth of God's Word is clearly taught and acted upon."

"Where there is no repentance, there must be realignment. This involves new jurisdictions coming into being where necessary, such as the Anglican Church in North America, and changing patterns of relationship, both within and beyond the GAFCON movement."

The Bishop as Absolute Monarch

As we are supposed to have learned in the Catholic Church, the systems of power enabled croneyism, nepotism, financial corruption and sexual misbehavior and then enabled it to be covered up, papered over and ignored.

If current stories from Rome are to be believed, however, our lessons have quickly been forgotten. Stories of homosexual orgies, drug fests, pornography, financial fraud and mismanagement at the highest levels continue to rock our church.

Deliverance in Anglican Pastoral Ministry

In anticipation of this event, Grace Wiley, Administrative Assistant to the Bishop of the Jurisdiction of the Armed Forces and Chaplaincy (Bishop Derek Jones), interviewed the Rev. Dr. Mark Quay, president of the Society and author of A Minister's Manual for Spiritual Warfare (Resource Publications, 2015) about the need for trained deliverance ministers in the Anglican Church in North America.

What is deliverance ministry?

'An attack on Lord Carey is an attack on us all', say Church of England figures

The letter, also signed by Simon Rufus Isaacs, Marquess of Reading, who is a friend of Prince Charles, former bishop of Woolwich Colin Buchanan, and campaigner Andrea Williams of Christian Concern, says that similar high-profile cases have not resulted in prosecutions for misconduct in public office.

On Monday this newspaper reported that police and prosecutors were considering a criminal investigation following the publication of the Gibb report last year, which found that Lord Carey, 82, was among senior figures who had "colluded" with convicted sex offender Ball.

Absolutely corrupted by their absolute power, the monsters in mitres

The Archbishop of Canterbury gets the first resounding slap on his wrist in chairman Alexis Jay's opening remarks. Justin Welby has been a naughty boy. He's told journalists he would be giving evidence. 'It is most disappointing that confidential matters were shared by the archbishop in breach of the undertaking,' says Professor Jay in disapproval of Welby's cavalier attitude. Further, by casting doubt on Bishop George Bell's character, despite the findings of Lord Carlile's review, Welby also demonstrated he was not accountable to a high-profile independent review.

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