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November 06 2020 By dvirtue The best response to Islamism is Christianity

Freedom, liberty and the brotherhood of all men, precious not only in France but throughout the western world, flow from Christianity. It's Christianity's insistence on a personal relationship with God and an internalizing of his moral demand on us that led to the primacy of the person and of conscience in western thought -- this is Larry Siedentop's insight in his Inventing the Individual.

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November 04 2020 By dvirtue Are "Patriot Churches" Real Churches?

Over the years I have observed numerous groups that call themselves "Christian" that simply aren't. Part of my "job," as it were, as a Christian theologian, is to examine groups and individuals who call themselves "Christian" to see if they deserve that (to me) honorable label.

(What I say here is, of course, only my own (hopefully informed) opinion.)

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The ACNA College of Bishops issued such a call five years ago in the Obergefell case concerning God's will for marriage. So far they have said nothing about Bostock.

I appeal them to do so again regarding the Bostock decision, which claims to redefine male and female in God's image.

Here is some proposed language, which of course they are free to amend.

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October 30 2020 By dvirtue Arrogance, Abortion, and Death

Jesus and Paul were Jews for whom the Old Testament was binding. There too arrogance is not among its lists of most serious sins. The four sins that cry out to God for vengeance are shedding innocent blood (Gen. 4:10), Sodomite sexual sin (Gen. 18:20-21), oppression and slavery (Exod. 2:23), and injustice to the poor (Exod. 22:21-24).

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October 21 2020 By dvirtue DOCTRINE, DISCIPLINE, AND WORSHIP WALK TOGETHER: The Case of Bishop Love

When William Love first took this oath in 1991, he did so in good conscience.

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October 13 2020 By dvirtue When Going was necessary for Growing

1. There was the accelerating downgrading of the Church of England as a Biblical denomination. The July 2017 General Synod was a watershed with open disdain being shown towards orthodox beliefs and believers. This didn't mark any crossing of any 'line in the sand', but an unmasking of what has been there for some time with those pursuing a progressive agenda having become emboldened to be more openly aggressive.

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October 12 2020 By dvirtue Bishop William Love v. The Episcopal Church: an Exercise in Sophistry

First, the idea that a hearing body, not composed entirely of Bishop Love's peers (at least 2 of the 5 panel members were not bishops) could render judgment of a theological nature on someone of that status is abhorrent. Only a bishop who has been called to discipline a wayward priest or decide whether the parishes in his see must be closed because of declining attendance can judge whether a fellow bishop has violated the order and discipline under which all bodies, even churches operate.

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October 06 2020 By dvirtue Episcopal Panel: Bishop Guilty in Opposing Same-Sex Rites

In a letter to his diocese, Love writes that a separate hearing will be scheduled within the month to discuss the terms of discipline to be carried out.

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September 29 2020 By dvirtue Good and Bad Pluralism in America: A Critical Christian Response to David French

IF the early Christians had believed this, Christianity would have died out quickly. Unity with the Jews would have required shutting up about the Resurrection of Jesus. But as the Holy Spirit made clear through Peter, "We must obey God rather than men!" (For context, see Acts 5:27-29).

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September 28 2020 By dvirtue WHAT'S WRONG AND HOW TO FIX IT

In his book, Civilization and its Discontents, Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) saw guilt as an indispensable building block for civilization, but he also saw it as civilization's chief discontent.

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