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August 01 2016 By dvirtue Creation and the Incarnation of Jesus Christ

Blessed Anselm of Canterbury, in his treatise on Why God Became Man (Cur Deus Homo), recognized that "what ought to be sufficient has been said by the holy fathers and their successors..." and "...it is moreover shown by plain reasoning and fact that human nature was ordained for this purpose, viz., that every man should enjoy a happy immortality, both in body and in soul; and that it was necessary that this design for which man was made should be fulfilled; but that it could not be fulfilled

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July 30 2016 By dvirtue INFECTION AND INCAPACITY: Original Sin and Free-Will

The will is not an independent faculty equipoised between alternative choices. It always operates on the basis of bias, sundry influences, and hidden impulses. Choice is a matter of affection (evil or virtuous) and reason (flawed or reliable) and these two factors combine or converge in the determination of volition and the direction of the whole person.

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July 25 2016 By dvirtue THE ELECT: Article 17 of the 39 Articles -- Part II

The energy and ingenuity with which some attempt to evade the simple Biblical fact and implications of divine election are astounding and the proffered logic baffling. Predestination is mistakenly pondered and propounded zealously from a zone within the personality that is cordoned off from the absolute sovereignty of God and the efficacy of his every action.

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July 20 2016 By dvirtue A Journey through the Past

Opinions vary as to the depth of Constantine's Christian faith. What is certain, is that the promulgation of the Edict of Milan in 313 allowed Christians to openly practice their faith without fear of persecution and ordered the return of confiscated Church property. It is also allowed that Constantine supported numerous Christian endeavors, especially the building of churches while he personally retained many of the symbols and stylings of the older imperial cults and deities.

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July 17 2016 By dvirtue THE ELECT: Article 17 of the 39 Articles -- Part 1

In support of his thesis Morris turns to the words of a distinguished Baptist Old Testament theologian. "H.H. Rowley reminds us that the doctrine of election 'would seem to be fundamental to the thought of the Bible in both Old and New Testaments' (The Biblical Doctrine of Election, London, 1952, p15).

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July 16 2016 By dvirtue The (Re-formed) Church of South India

I. The Organizing Idea of human dignity in our Conflicting Pluralism:

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July 07 2016 By dvirtue Confessions of an ex-liberal theologian

Reading this book, published a couple of years ago, was an especially strange experience for me because Oden's background and mine are so similar! Though he is 20 years older than I am, our experiences have been so similar or at least parallel that reading about them is like reading about my own life.

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July 04 2016 By dvirtue Chosen? Reading the Bible Amid the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

According to Palestinian journalist Khaled Abu Toameh, "Palestinians who beg to differ with PA President Mahmoud Abbas or one of his friends are called criminals and can expect to be interrogated and/or imprisoned."

These are human rights abuses by Palestinian parties against other Palestinians.

One would think that these kinds of terrorist attacks and human rights violations would be part of any honest and balanced treatment of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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July 04 2016 By dvirtue Cranmerism, Calvinism, and The Church of England

It is so obviously true that no Christian scholar ought to be followed without thorough interrogation of their ideas and through such utter devotion that virtually elevates them to the academic pinnacle of infallibility. What major theologian has not blundered to some extent here or there? Every Christian authority of whatever excellence and attainment manifests a fair share of inaccurate scholarship and dubious interpretation of Holy Scripture and inspired doctrine.

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June 29 2016 By dvirtue Heresy and Humility -- Lessons from a Current Controversy

Heresy is a denial or deviation from a doctrine central and essential to Christianity. Thus, the Christian church has learned through sad experience that heresy is a necessary category and a constant concern. In the early centuries of Christianity, church leaders had to define the true faith against false gospels and to defend biblical teachings concerning the most essential doctrines of all -- the triune nature of God and the full deity and humanity of Christ.

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