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June 24 2018 By virtueonline Does the Bible Require the Christian Always to Obey Laws?

It is difficult for me to believe, at this stage of my life, that anyone thinks the Bible actually requires unconditional obedience to all laws.

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June 16 2018 By virtueonline Islam, Worldview, and the Deep Questions of Life

The main lecture room was full of eager, young students and a handful of visiting pastors and faculty. During one of the lectures I made a point about apologetics -- that being able to answer Muslim objections to Christianity is useful, but in the end what leads to religious conversion is the context of a personal relationship.

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June 07 2018 By virtueonline The Uniqueness of Jesus and the Way of the Cross

Not so many weeks ago we made that Easter shout, "Alleluia, Christ is risen! He is Risen indeed, Alleluia!" Our lives as Christians do not rest merely on the memory of a religious founder. Jesus is alive! He is with us through the Spirit, as he promised, "to the end of the age," even as we await his embodied return at the close of the age.

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May 30 2018 By dvirtue The statistics on the slow evaporation of European Christianity

In most cases, the adults interviewed consider themselves Christians, even if they rarely attend church. The survey shows that non-practicing Christians (people who identify themselves as Christians, but participate in religious services only a few times a year) represent the largest share of the population in the region concerned.

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May 23 2018 By dvirtue Contention 6: TRINITY SUNDAY: GOD THE FATHER'S DAY

One of the few I found was by Tom Smail, titled The Forgotten Father (1980). Interestingly, Smail was a leader in the charismatic movement in the 1970s. He was, however, not an uncritical leader. Smail argues:

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May 17 2018 By dvirtue Why Cranmer Would Have Approved of The Oxford Martyrs' Memorial

Stylishly as usual, Orwell Prize winner Mr Hitchens wrote: 'I usually salute the actual site of the burnings as I pass (bicycling in Oxford), though mainly in memory of Thomas Cranmer, rather more to my liking than Latimer or Ridley, because he really wasn't very brave. Cranmer had been made to watch the deaths of his old friends, so he knew exactly what to expect and fear. He was reduced to ashes in the same place (then a bleak and squalid ditch) some time later.

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May 15 2018 By dvirtue Latimer and Ridley are Forgotten

For about four hundred years, the memory of this era made Englishness and Protestantism almost synonymous. Right down to my father's Edwardian generation, only recently extinct, many English people equated popery with tyranny and foreign autocracy. Still in my childhood Queen Mary was referred to as "Bloody Mary" in the presence of children--a shocking thing, since "bloody" was also in those days a swear word of some power, taboo in polite society.

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May 15 2018 By dvirtue Seeing Things Properly: Vision, Imagination and Reason in C.S. Lewis's Apologetics

Many Christian apologists have assimilated Lewis to their own way of thinking, presenting him in thoroughly modernist terms as an advocate of rationalist defences of faith. Yet to get the most out of reading Lewis, we need to approach him on his own terms. Here, I want to explore Lewis's distinctive understanding of the rationality of faith, which emphasises the reasonableness of Christianity without imprisoning it within an impersonal and austere rationalism.

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May 02 2018 By dvirtue Evangelical Gnosticism

I first caught wind of this striking divergence from Christian orthodoxy in class last year, when we encountered Stoic visions of the afterlife. Cicero, for one, describes the body as a prison from which the immortal soul is mercifully freed upon death, whereas Seneca views the body as "nothing more or less than a fetter on my freedom," one eventually "dissolved" when the soul is set loose. These conceptions were quite attractive to the students.

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April 26 2018 By dvirtue Crazy King Henry: Did Anglicanism begin with lust and divorce?

Henry's divorce

But was it true? Did Anglicanism really begin because (as is often alleged) Henry VIII lusted after Anne Boleyn and for that reason divorced his wife Catherine who had borne him five children?

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