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October 10 2005 By virtueonline ECUSA House of Bishops, Adding Insult to Injury - by Bill Atwood

To hijack the sacrifices previous generations made to erect Gospel serving buildings and divert those resources for the vapid and spiritually bankrupt message of uncritical "acceptance," may sound good to them, but it squanders the opportunity for redemptive change offered by the Cross. It forfeits the chance to become more like Jesus and know His peace. Picking and choosing which parts of our heritage to preserve is selective responsibility and it is reprehensible.

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October 10 2005 By virtueonline True Justice: Halting the Push for Gay Marriage

As Christians seeking to be compassionate, and relevant to the market place, our mouths have nearly been shut. Our sin is not that of the raving fundamentalist; it is the sin of passive, naïve centrism. For this we must repent. For too long we have not exercised our rightful inheritance. As Christians, we hold the keys to what constitutes the Designer's vision for humanity, and His repair for the broken image. We must find our voices today.

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October 10 2005 By virtueonline CAUSE WHORES - by Christopher S. Johnson

Those were also the days when people on the left would do somersaults to persuade clergy--any ecclesiastic, really, to say nothing of someone high in the Episcopal hierarchy--to bring the imprimatur of God to the cause, rather like the politicized God of the American right today. But we never hoped that these prelates would levitate the crowd. About religion and politics, we were cynical, or, let us say, instrumental.

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October 07 2005 By virtueonline EXODUS: Why Americans Are Fleeing Liberal Churches for Conservative Christianity

Dave Shiflett's latest book, Exodus: Why Americans Are Fleeing Liberal Churches for Conservative Christianity, tries to answer this question.

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October 06 2005 By virtueonline Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion (1571) - how boring!

The Church of England has retained these Formularies to this day (2005) but the Episcopal Church rejected them as worship and doctrine standards by majority votes in General Convention in 1976 and then again in 1979. Since then the Articles have been treated as a museum piece without any authority in America. They have been effectively replaced by the radically liberal "Outline of the Faith" printed inside the 1979 Prayer Book of the Episcopal Church.

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October 05 2005 By virtueonline Eames speaks at Virginia seminary on reality of Communion

The full text of Eames' October 4 lecture follows:

[Source: Church of Ireland]


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October 02 2005 By virtueonline Three priests speak on 'gay priest' ban

I certainly don't know if fallen homosexuals are more inclined to be unchaste than fallen heterosexuals. "The key point seems to be that homosexuals possess 'a serious personality disorder which detracts from their ability to serve as ministers.'

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October 01 2005 By virtueonline Inhibited Connecticut Priest Resigns - by Mark Hansen

The same canonical grounds claimed by Bishop Smith as justification for my inhibition also provide that, upon receipt of such good-faith denial, it is his canonical duty to withdraw the inhibition.

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September 30 2005 By virtueonline NEW JERSEY: Windsor Report reflects more than one story, panelists say

Nearly 45 people, many of them deputies to the next General Convention, met at Christ Church New Brunswick, New Jersey, to discuss the report that was requested by the primates of the Anglican Communion at their meeting in October 2003 and completed one year later.

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September 25 2005 By virtueonline Episcopalianism in the USA - any cause for optimism in next decade?

The Episcopal Church of the USA (ECUSA) is a divided house, where dioceses are not in communion with others dioceses, where parishes look for flying bishops rather than the local, canonical one, and where there is open warfare over doctrinal and ethical matters. Outside the ECUSA there are many different jurisdictions, affiliations and groups of churches. One goes back to the 19th century (the REC) and some go back to the civil rights struggle (e.g.

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