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June 26 2021 By dvirtue Post-evangelical theologian reveals humanistic roots of LLF

But not all change is good; discernment and wisdom, informed by the Scriptures, need to be applied, often to tease out what is beneficial and what is potentially erroneous and harmful in a theory of change. So for example, socialism began by questioning why most of a nation's resources end up in the hands of a small elite.

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June 21 2021 By dvirtue Archbishop of Canterbury apologises over bishop's 'never trust a Tory' comment

The letter, seen by The Telegraph, will heap further pressure on the bishop to quit.

Her comments were also condemned by the senior bishop in Wales, who expressed regret for the "hurt it caused".

Dr Penberthy had posted on the social media platform in March "never, never, never trust a Tory" in response to another Twitter user who had alleged that the Conservatives were planning to abolish the Welsh Parliament or Senedd.

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June 09 2021 By dvirtue I was a Smyth victim too, says Rector of St Helen's Bishopsgate

"I was deceived by John Smyth and first beaten in Smyth's shed in late August 1981. I recall being beaten twice more, the last in early December 1981. After that, I never went again.

"On 12 February 1982, I reported the beatings to the minister of the church I was attending at the time."

Smyth chaired the Iwerne Trust - now named the Titus Trust - between 1974 and 1981 during which time he abused young men at the evangelical summer camps run by the charity.

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May 27 2021 By dvirtue Letter in Church Times (May 21) about Dr Bernard Randall from the Ven Norman Russell

Readers of the Church Times may be generally aware of Critical Theory with its roots in Marxism and Freudian pseudo-science, and aware of how that has shaped the politics of race, gender and identity, but it is probably not at the forefront of the thinking of the average Christian in the pews, mystified by why what Christians have traditionally believed is changing.

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May 24 2021 By dvirtue Institutional narcissism in the Church of England

Wilde's point is a subtle one, but it has deep echoes in recent psychological research. A 2017 paper by economists at Chicago University found that working for a socially responsible company increased the tendency of people to act unethically. The authors called it "moral licensing": the finding that when people do good, they sometimes feel they have more latitude to do bad.

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May 22 2021 By dvirtue One of Church of England's most senior bishops is stepping down for six weeks after he was threatened with vote of no confidence over his leadership

Local reports say he is stepping down for six weeks because of the discontent.

The Rt Rev Deborah Mary Sellin, Suffragan Bishop of Southampton, said in a statement: 'Bishop Tim has today informed me he will be stepping back from his role as Bishop of Winchester for the next six weeks, so that he can focus on discussions about future leadership and governance reform in the Diocese.

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May 22 2021 By dvirtue Archbishop Welby's apology to John Smyth's victims

John Smyth, who died in 2018, was the chair of the Iwerne Trust for almost a decade (1974-81) and present at many camps. Accounts of abuse by Smyth, who was a QC, or Queen's Counsel -- a senior counsel -- in the British legal system, first came to public notice in 2013 when a victim reported his experiences to the Diocese of Ely. Much of the publicity then focused on the presence of a young Justin Welby at many Iwerne camps, as a dormitory officer.

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May 17 2021 By dvirtue Dr. Bernard Randall and the moral bankruptcy of the CofE leadership

The Rev Dr Bernard Randall was, until fairly recently, an employee of Trent College, Nottingham ("We believe in potential and we believe in excellence. At Trent College & The Elms, we'll help you go further"). This is a fee-paying high school. Dr Randall took up a place as Chaplain in 2015 and left in December 2020 through redundancy. His crime?

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The first involves Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross, MP for Moray. Ross is not a Christian, but last week he was lampooned by the Scottish media for comments he made seven years ago in defence of Christians and others who opposed the redefinition of marriage. At the time, Ross signalled that he would have voted against gay marriage had he been an MSP.

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May 01 2021 By dvirtue No, the Church isn't institutionally racist

The Church is made up of flawed individuals. We're all fallen, after all. The issue the Church faces, however, isn't institutional racism -- it's institutional incompetence. For instance, its complaints procedure isn't just bad for issues of race, it's bad in general. Any priest with experience of the Clergy Discipline Measure (CDM) -- or any experience with safeguarding concerns -- will attest to how outdated and cumbersome the process is.

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