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February 05 2005 By virtueonline An Open Letter To Bishops Who Support Decisions of GC2003 - by Leander Harding

This appears to me to entail a conviction that a number of empirical questions concerning homosexuality have been settled including the question of the developmental origins of homosexuality. You seem to be teaching that it is a settled matter that homosexuality is biologically innate and therefore irremediable. If this is so can you tell me the scientific authorities that you find persuasive?

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February 04 2005 By virtueonline Reproducing Christianity - by The Rev'd Dave Feddes

Author Bat Ye'or titled a recent book Eurabia-a blend of Europe and Arabia. She describes Europe's growing political, cultural, and religious ties with Muslims. She thinks the move toward Eurabia has gone so far that it can't be reversed.

Moderate Muslim scholar Bassam Tibi, a Syrian-born German citizen, expects Europe to become Islamic; the only question is what sort of Islam. Professor Tibi wonders whether hardcore Islam or a more tolerant version "is to dominate in Europe."

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February 03 2005 By virtueonline The Gloves Come Off - by Christopher S. Johnson

Those "brothers and sisters who suffer from schismatic inclinations" would be those of us who believe that the Bible means what it says and shouldn't be rewritten for purely political reasons.

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February 02 2005 By virtueonline Screwtape Sounds Off on Same-sex Marriage - by Jon Dykstra

It is about Him, but if we can keep His soldiers myopic we may be able to misdirect many of His forces.

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February 02 2005 By virtueonline A Model to Rediscover - by Canon John H. Heidt

Here was a model of the Church that seemed great for evangelizing frustrated protestants and disillusioned Roman Catholics, but in the end it could not withstand the critical assault of scholars or the new wave of ecumenical sentiment. The image of the Church as a river with its various branches is too pat, too simple to fit the facts. Neither the Eastern Orthodox nor Roman Catholics have ever accepted it.

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January 21 2005 By virtueonline Does a right to assisted death entail a responsibility on others to kill?

Yet there are other factors at work in this argument. Ten years ago, an American court ruled that a terminally-ill adult possessed a “constitutionally guaranteed right” to receive medical assistance in ending his life. Interestingly, the court cited discussion about the abortion debate in support, treating the question of assisted dying as a similar example of decisions affecting “personal dignity and autonomy” which the law should make possible.

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January 19 2005 By virtueonline Anglican Angst: Save the last dance for me - by Timoth Larsen

Related to this is another curiosity: most everyone, whether insider or outsider, will tell you that Anglicanism's notable strengths include tradition and continuity (not to mention unity). Nevertheless, the great rock of traditionalism seems more than most denominations to be forever anxious about what it must do to be relevant in the contemporary world.

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January 18 2005 By virtueonline FT. WORTH BISHOP: HOB is just playing for time - by Jack Iker

Two controversial decisions of the 2003 General Convention have fractured the unity of the Anglican Communion and placed our future in peril. At issue are the approval given by the Episcopal Church to consecrate a practicing homosexual, who lives with another man, to serve as the Bishop of New Hampshire and the okay that was given for the blessing of same sex unions.

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January 18 2005 By virtueonline Lay Evangelist urges Primates to kick ECUSA out - by Lee Buck

The HOB of the ECUSA has met and prepared another statement for the communion. By the time of the writing of this communication, each of you will have received that statement. After perusing it, I do believe that you will arrive at the same position that I and many others have, that is to say that the statement is unadulterated obfuscation and pomposity and outright deceit. It is another attempt on the part of the ECUSA unbelieving Bishops to confuse and obscure the real issues at hand.

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January 14 2005 By virtueonline The Church of the Latter-Day Leftists - by Jacob Laksin

Founded in 1950, the New York City-based NCC has, for more than half a century, remained faithful to the legacy of its forerunner, the Communist front-group known as the Federal Council of Churches. At one time an unabashed apostle of the Communist cause, the NCC has today recast itself as a leading representative of the so-called religious Left.

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