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January 09 2016 By dvirtue Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?

In Nigeria, the Hausa translation of the Bible uses Allah (Arabic: الله) to designate the Creator and the God and Father of Jesus Christ. Allah is also used in Syrian Bibles. As a designation for God, Allah corresponds to the archaic El in the Hebrew Bible, as Dios in Spanish corresponds to Dieu in French. The name was used among Arabian and Syrian peoples long before the time of Mohammad. Allah is the compressed expression of al-ilah, meaning THE God.

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January 04 2016 By dvirtue HONOUR THE SON: (John 5: 17 - 29)

"As by a line" means careful point by point perusal continuous and consistent, developmental understanding, tracing the teaching and logic of the Lord. Flitting here and there through disjointed texts plucked from their context does not construct a sound biblical theology. There is a movement and momentum to Scripture whereby great principles fall into their inevitable place.

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December 30 2015 By dvirtue GOD REST YOU MERRY

Nothing could be further from the intent of this 18th century composition and its expression of cheerful faith and the grounds of Christmas joy.

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December 29 2015 By dvirtue Why Thomas Aquinas Distrusted Islam

Aquinas, a keen observer of the human condition, was familiar with the chief works of the Muslim philosophers of his day--including Avicenna, Algazel, and Averroes--and engaged them in his writings.

Since Islam was founded and spread in the seventh century, Aquinas--considered by Catholics as a saint and doctor of the Church--lived in a period closer to that of Mohammed than to our own day.

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December 17 2015 By dvirtue Does the Bible Advocate Jihad?

Khaula Rehman writes, "There are no verses in the Holy Quran to trigger and promote genocide, but there are in the Bible.... There are no verses in the Holy Quran to kill people for sexual misconduct but there are in the Bible."
Rehman writes:

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December 14 2015 By dvirtue Is This Stone the Clue to Why Jesus Was Killed?

The site initially made news for its ties to the world of the New Testament, as it is presumed by most to be the hometown of Mary Magdalene, the follower of Jesus. Excavations revealed the dwelling places of fisherman and an ancient marketplace, and reports quickly billed the synagogue as a place in which Jesus might have preached. The fact that a coin discovered in a side room was minted in 29 AD--when Jesus was touring ancient Galilee--only added to the religious potential of the site.

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December 07 2015 By dvirtue Why Is the Pope Mad at Me?

In support of their account, the AP also provides a direct quote:
"It would be sad, and dare I say even catastrophic, were special interests to prevail over the common good and lead to manipulating information in order to protect their own plans and interests," Francis said.

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December 03 2015 By dvirtue Seal Connects Hezekiah with Horite Beliefs

Initial inspection failed to recognize the seal's importance and it was put in storage. Recently the bulla was identified by the Paleo-Hebrew inscription that says: "Belonging to Hezekiah [son of] Ahaz king of Judah" who reigned from 727 to 698 BC. II Kings 18:5 says of Hezekiah that "after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor among them that were before him." He is also mentioned in the annals of King Sennacherib.

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December 03 2015 By dvirtue WILLIAMSBURG, VA: Ancient Anglican Virginia & Pocahontas's Baptismal Font

This restoration was done in the 1930s thanks to John D. Rockefeller, Jr. But there is an original piece in the sanctuary, older than the building itself, and in fact older than Virginia. It is a carved stone baptismal font, moved to the Williamsburg church in the 1700s from the church at nearby Jamestown, built not long after the colony's founding in 1607, the first permanent church in English-speaking America.

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November 24 2015 By dvirtue The Erosion of Anglican Foundations

Yet this late Elizabethan/early Jacobean mood of equivocation within Anglicanism seems to suit so many in subsequent times and especially our own. It is mistakenly taken for granted that Anglican theology is intended to fudge or soft-pedal distinct convictions on matters of vital controversy.

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