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August 12 2020 By dvirtue THIN GRUEL FOR THE SOUL

Sadly, you will find no answers to these questions in What do Anglicans Believe: A Study Guide to Christian Doctrine from Anglican and Ecumenical Statements, published by the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) last week. You may recall that the ACC is one of the four "instruments" or authorities of the Anglican Communion that meets periodically and is supposed to speak on behalf of the whole Anglican Communion.

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August 11 2020 By dvirtue Bishops should throw away their mitres

The most obvious one is that mitres are singularly unflattering. I did once meet bishop on whom the mitre didn't look completely stupid--but it was a long time ago, and said bishop has long retired. On most people they just look daft--ill-fitting, unflattering and awkward.

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August 11 2020 By dvirtue If the SNP's 'Hate' Bill becomes law, Scots' freedom of religion will end

The Scottish Government accepts that to confine a stirring up offence to an intention to stir up hatred would be prohibitively restrictive in practice as in real-life cases it may often be very difficult to prove beyond reasonable doubt what the accused's intent was, even where it is very clear that their behaviour would be likely to result in hatred being stirred up.

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August 11 2020 By dvirtue Postmodernity, Critical (Race) Theory, Cultural Marxism, and you: Part 1

So what is the "modern" after which comes postmodernity?

The modern experience--the culture experienced by the West since the seventeenth century or so and now by much of the rest of the world--is characterized by two major qualities: fragmentation and doubt.

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August 05 2020 By dvirtue Episcopalians Permanently Switch To Cardboard Parishioners

"1905, that is."

Best of all, Episcopalian priests are excited that they'll be able to eisegete and explain away problem texts without a word of complaint from anyone. "We can say pretty much anything now," the priest continued. "Usually you get some confused looks when you start saying that the text doesn't really mean what it says. Then, oddly enough, those churchgoers don't bother coming back to church to hear you teach the Bible the next Sunday. It's very strange."

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August 05 2020 By dvirtue Why does the BBC believe Bishop Michael Curry channels the soul of America?

He also presented a brilliant award-winning 13-part television series which captivated his audience with its images and insights of our great friend and ally. He had personal friends on both sides of the political aisle, and we were all better informed as a result. In those days we had few choices of radio station or public media, so these programmes reached millions in the UK and educated us in a way that simply doesn't happen anymore.

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August 01 2020 By dvirtue Christians, Prudence, and Politics

Christians have not always exercised this Augustinian discernment. In three historically pivotal revolutions, many Christians opted for secularized versions of the kingdom of God. Slow changes in their own societies seemed too slow.

The first was the French Revolution. In 1789 the three Estates General were challenging Louis XIV and the Ancien Regime. They were pushing for gradual, incremental reform. Louis was advised to accommodate them. He refused.

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July 30 2020 By dvirtue CATHOLIC DON: MUHAMMAD IS FIRST ANTI-RACIST

Muhammad was the "first person in human history to declare, in no uncertain terms, that no person is above another by virtue of race or ethnicity," claims Considine in a video for the pro-Islamic Emir-Stein Center, named after Algeria's Muslim founder Emir Abdelkader al-Jazairi and St. Edith Stein -- Jewish convert, nun and martyr.

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July 28 2020 By dvirtue Is America's history systemically racist?

Lincoln appealed to the Declaration in opposing slavery; Martin Luther King appealed to it in opposing segregation; and the country has worked hard over the years to convert its principle from an aspiration to a lived reality. This purpose met strong resistance, right up to a civil war, but the line of development is clear.

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July 27 2020 By dvirtue A STRATEGIC ACTION PLAN FOR MINISTRY TO YOUNG PEOPLE AGES 15 TO 29

It has come to the attention of the present writer that a truly remarkable, scholarly study about what really works in youth ministry has been written: Growing Young: Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church, written by three nationally-known youth work experts, Kara Powell, Jake Mulder and Brad Griffin.

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