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August 17 2016 By dvirtue Roman Catholics seek unity with Protestants 499 years after the Reformation

He also said, "Connected with this is Martin Luther's fundamental insight that God's self-revelation in Jesus Christ for the salvation of the people is proclaimed in the Gospel -- that Jesus Christ is the center of Scripture and the only mediator."

The role of Scripture and the perception that Catholics thought there were others who mediated between humans and God (than Jesus) were two of the major dividing lines between Protestants and Catholics for centuries.

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August 12 2016 By dvirtue CANADA: How they voted on the Marriage Canon at the Anglican Church of Canada Synod

The error was discovered after delegates requested a detailed hard copy of the electronic voting records.

Hiltz then declared the resolution in favor of same-sex marriage had passed.

"That is our reality," Hiltz told stunned delegates. "That the motion is in fact carried in all three orders."

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August 11 2016 By dvirtue Can We Learn From History

Since the Bible was not trustworthy on the issue of marriage, the bishop began to openly question other things like the uniqueness of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of all, the reality of God's judgment for unrepented sin, and more. As his views and teaching became known it caused great controversy within the Churches of the Anglican Communion.

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August 06 2016 By dvirtue An Indian looks at Bishop George Bell

The Bishop of Chichester showed sympathy to the struggles and aspirations of the people of India. His words and actions often matched with one another. His actions originated from his deep convictions and he always remained true to his convictions. Bell had made several soul-friends cutting across, race, nationality and religion and Gandhi, a Hindu, was one among them. Bell's another ecumenical friend D.

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August 02 2016 By dvirtue Lex Orandi, lex Credendi and the proposal for the affirmation of same-sex relationships by the Church of England

What the phrase sola scriptura does mean that Scripture is the supreme authority in all matters of doctrine and practice. There are other authorities, such as Christian tradition and the exercise of sanctified reason, that the individual Christian and the Church collectively may rightly draw on to shape what they think and what they do, but all such other authorities are subordinate to, and subject to correction by, the written word of God.

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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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