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October 10 2016 By dvirtue WALES: The Archbishop and the Bible - A Response to Archbishop Barry Morgan's Presidential Address

'The Bible is not one book but a series of books and within those books, written by a variety of authors, are a number of different perspectives but also shifts in perspective about particular topics. Biblical texts are not God's words, dictated by Him to human authors, but are the inspired response to revelation. The response is a human response however and cannot be regarded as being identical with that revelation especially since parts of the Bible are at variance with other parts.'

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October 07 2016 By dvirtue CAIRO: An African Anglican is an Anglican, Twice

Delegates at the sixth Anglican Global South conference in Cairo heard new research from the foremost scholar of the formational Anglican, Thomas Cranmer, the first Protestant Archbishop of Canterbury.

Dr. Ashley Null is an elected fellow of the Royal Historical Society and is currently compiling a five-volume study of Cranmer's private theological notebooks.

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October 06 2016 By dvirtue CAIRO: The Challenge of Mission to the World

In Jesus, the kingdom of God that was longed for (as a future age in human history when God rules a universe not spoiled by sin, darkness, decay or death) has been inaugurated and is awaiting completion.

The risen Christ is extending the kingdom of God in the world through His Church. (Acts 1: 1-8)

In that sense, mission to the world is broader than 'world evangelisation'. The book of Acts shows us what is involved.

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October 05 2016 By dvirtue The Legacy of Ancient African Christianity

These arguments await explicit unpacking, but sifting the evidence remains the task of a generation of future scholars, many of them from Africa, to restudy the flow of ideas from Africa to Europe, and better describe their impact.

Oden writes, "I am convinced, however, that when the evidence is rightly digested, it will again reshape modern African Christian identity and motivation."

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October 03 2016 By dvirtue Does This Study Prove the Bible Could Be Accurate?

It's easy to see why memory was so important to ancient peoples and that custodians of a community's knowledge (religious leaders, elders, etc) would have elevated social status as a result. The question is, how did people do this? Are we just out of practice? How is it that ancient memories were so much better than our own?

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October 02 2016 By dvirtue Diversity and inclusion have trumped the truth

Here is what happened. Prof Swinburne was invited to give the keynote address on September 23, 2016, at the SCP conference. He said homosexuality was a 'disability' and Christianity 'prohibited' homosexual relationships. Swinburne lamented a culture where homosexual behaviour was 'presented as an option for young people.' Suddenly the world ended. The four horsemen of the apocalypse came thundering into the conference hall. The faecal matter collided with the rotary oscillator.

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September 29 2016 By dvirtue Radicalism: When Reform Becomes Revolution

Second, the feisty theologian launched a devastating assault on the Anabaptist and Puritan strains of the Reformation, and made a powerful argument for tradition and sobriety in an age of radicalism and turmoil.

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September 26 2016 By dvirtue Trump offers Fascist Salvation, says Anglo-Catholic Psychologist

Regarding foreign policy, he demonstrates breathtaking, unapologetic ignorance and naivete. Recall that on national television he told an astonished George Stephanopoulos that Putin was not in Ukraine. In an interview he told foreign policy reporters that he would unite the Turks and the Kurds by hosting "meetings." He seems bent on alienating key allies.

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September 23 2016 By dvirtue Founded by a Zionist, now Marxist Methodists savage Israel

Why this potted biography? Because I want you to know that my philosemitism does not stem from American dispensationalism or any such weird and obscure theological tribalism. Renowned conductor Zubin Mehta has had a life-long love affair with Israel. He is Music Director for Life of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Mehta is an Indian Zoroastrian, not an American Dispensationalist.

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September 17 2016 By dvirtue Mormons and Christians: So Close, Yet So Far Away

Now the Internet buzzes with new debate over (president emeritus of Fuller Seminary) Richard Mouw's pronouncement at First Things that Mormons are moving closer to historic Christian orthodoxy. LDS leaders, he proposes, are downplaying the Mormon teaching that God was once a man. A participant in Mormon-evangelical dialogue responded that, on the contrary, this teaching remains on the LDS Church website and LDS leaders are still teaching that God and humans are of the same species.

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