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September 27 2021 By dvirtue Larger Than an Orange by Lucy Burns review -- a poignant account of an abortion

The story begins in 2017 with Burns, then 26, telling a medical professional that she wants to have an abortion. That professional becomes One -- the first in a long list of people who know about the abortion. Burns becomes obsessed with counting these people: Two is her sexual partner; Three and Four friends. None has a name -- her relationships with them are redefined in light of what is happening to her.

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September 27 2021 By dvirtue Religious belief really does seem to draw the sting of poverty

But that has turned out not to be true. Abundant evidence suggests the relationship between status and mental health is stronger, not weaker, in rich countries than in poor ones. Ms Berkessel, who studies the psychological effects of religion, noticed that economic development is also inversely correlated with religiosity--the richer a country, the more godless it tends to be. Perhaps that was driving the change?

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September 24 2021 By dvirtue NEW ZEALAND: Confessing Anglican Bishop Condemns Prohibition of Conversion Practices

3. However, I respectfully submit that the Bill as it stands fails to achieve its objectives and goes too far in the following respects:
a. The Bill elevates state-mandated values above those of parents. Parents or legal guardians, especially those of faith, will risk criminal liability for raising their children according to their beliefs, ethics and conscience.
b. The Bill is contrary to fundamental rights and personal autonomy.

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September 20 2021 By dvirtue What should we make of the Church in Wales' gay marriage blessings?

There are at least three reasons for this. The first is the very powerful current of secular culture; the second is the obscurity of language where words have multiple meanings; and the third is confusion over what the spiritual significance of sex and sexual acts are.

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September 20 2021 By dvirtue OBSERVATIONS

The second mark of these early believers was their embrace of the teachings of Christ. I use the word "embrace" advisedly as this was not mere intellectual assent to the reality of the life and teaching of Christ. They actually believed that his life was to be imitated and that his teaching was to form their lives and to inform their behavior. As a result of this, the Early Christians were renowned for their kindness and the measured tone of their discourse.

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September 10 2021 By dvirtue Amid Covid Surge, Loved Ones Worry for These Unvaccinated Evangelicals

According to Michelle, they have been staunchly opposed to masks since the pandemic's early days, and when they both contracted mild cases late last year, it only served to validate their denial of Covid-19's danger. Michelle has pleaded with them to listen to the warnings and advice of epidemiologists and public health officials, but her advice has gone unheeded, further straining her already tense relationship with them.

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September 06 2021 By dvirtue The Disillusionment of Millennial Evangelicals

Intellectual Reasoning or Gut Instincts?

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September 04 2021 By dvirtue WHAT IS AN EVANGELICAL?

There are three ways of defining and counting U.S. evangelicals: by belief, by church affiliation and by self-identification. Shoemaker's analysis, which is open to some nitpicking, started from the belief aspect and a four-point definition by historian David Bebbington in his 1989 work "Evangelicalism in Modern Britain."

In summary, these are his criteria:

1) a high view of the Bible as Christians' ultimate authority

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September 03 2021 By dvirtue Harvard: From Promoting Christ to Promoting an Atheist Chaplain

The Daily Mail writes: "Greg Epstein, 44, who was raised in a reformed Jewish household in Queens, New York, was named president of the chaplains for the religious community at the school after serving as Harvard's 'humanist chaplain' since 2005."

They add that Epstein will be overseeing "40 university chaplains, who lead the Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist and other religious communities on campus."

No Transcendent Accountability

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September 03 2021 By dvirtue Experiencing God as Your Father

The Apostle Philip said to Jesus, "Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us" (John 14:8). For us to be transformed, it is enough for us to experience the Father at deep and abiding levels - for it is from that relationship that all of the meaning of life flows. Consequently, we must pursue Him through worship and prayer--pouring out our love for Him and receiving into ourselves the confidence and assurance of His love for us.

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