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July 02 2022 By dvirtue THOMAS CRANMER: A Personal Reflection

He was the most important theologian of the English Reformation, and arguably the most important in the five-hundred-year history of the Church of England if, for no other reason, he was responsible for all the recognized formularies of our Anglican heritage: the Articles of Religion, the Homilies (of which he wrote four of the original twelve in the first book), and the Book of Common Prayer (including the Ordinal). In so many ways it is fair to call this "Cranmer's Church."

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June 29 2022 By dvirtue JUSTIFICATION: ROME AND PROTESTANTS

Let's start with the Roman system. For Rome, according to the decree of the Council of Trent, justification is one doctrine among many, such as the Trinity and the authority of the Roman church. In Catholic theological view, "grace" as a substance to be imparted and infused into the human by God. It means an ontological change in the person. Grace merely adds to the work of God in creation.

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June 28 2022 By dvirtue Anglicanism is like all Reformation churches, "confessional."

Our unity was theological, not conciliar, as Tay and Kolini wrote George Carey (the occasion of the consecration of John Rogers and Chuck Murphy): "Any strategy that seeks to ground the unity of the Anglican Communion with its foundation in political accommodation rather than in the essentials of the Christian faith is doomed.

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June 20 2022 By dvirtue JUSTIFICATION: ROME AND PROTESTANTS

For Rome, according to the decree of the Council of Trent, justification is one doctrine among many, such as the Trinity and the authority of the Roman church. In Catholic theological view, "grace" as a substance to be imparted and infused into the human by God. It means an ontological change in the person.

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June 16 2022 By dvirtue 415 YEARS AGO, ANGLICANISM WAS BORN IN AMERICA

Since Thomas Cranmer's 1552 Book of Common Prayer until the 1979 Prayer Book revision, the communion table was called a "table" so that is wasn't confused with an "altar" and the medieval Catholic understanding of the sacrament.

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June 02 2022 By dvirtue Why Did King Josiah's Delegation Seek Counsel from Huldah Rather Than Jeremiah, Zephaniah, Nahum, or Habakkuk?

There is no textual indication that King Josiah specifically ordered his delegation to inquire of Huldah; the text merely records him ordering them to inquire of "the LORD" (v. 13).

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May 30 2022 By dvirtue The Meaning and Purpose of Infant Baptism

The real question in our understanding of baptism is whether the baptism service wording stands on its own (borrowed from the Medieval Catholic liturgy and understanding), or whether the Thirty-nine Articles and the Homilies must be considered as commentaries to give us a full understanding. A fair look at all the historic formularies will help us understand Anglican sacramental theology.

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May 23 2022 By dvirtue What Is "Progressive Christianity?

A problem with knowing what that means is that there is no historical-theological tradition of "progressive Christianity" as there is of "liberal Christianity." Liberal Christianity has been studied and written about much including by liberal theologian Gary Dorrien whose three volume history of liberal religion in America is exhaustive and magisterial. Others besides Dorrien and earlier have written histories of liberal-modernist theology including Kenneth Cauthen and William Hutchison.

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May 03 2022 By dvirtue THE CHURCH IS IN PELAGIAN CAPTIVITY!

At the "Council of Africa" (as Augustine called the Council of Carthage), the catholic church restated what the Bible teaches about human nature. Augustine believed that our love for sin is a consequence of Adam and Eve's original disobedience (the Fall), and that the end result is that all people are spiritually infected, dead in our trespasses and sins, and "by nature children of wrath" (Eph 2). We sin because we are sinners (Original Sin, Rom 5).

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April 29 2022 By dvirtue Women's Ordination continues to spread within the Anglican Communion

Historically, the first woman to be ordained an Anglican priest was supposedly done out of wartime necessity to meet the sacramental needs of Anglicans in occupied Hong Kong following the Japanese invasion of China.

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