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April 16 2024 By dvirtue PAOLO SARPI 1552 -- 1623: THE CARDINAL WHO "COVETED" ANGLICAN DOCTRINE AND DEVOTION

He ably supported Copernican science, and was a friend and endorser of Galileo. He was also acquainted with Calvin's successor in Geneva, Theodore Beza. His chief influences as a believer were Holy Scripture and Augustine, and he agreed with the fundamental theological structure of the Reformation without a personal departure from a potential re-formed Catholicism.

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April 13 2024 By dvirtue Conservative Christians just lost their scholarly trump card on same-sex relationships

The book made Hays a darling among conservative evangelical Christians who opposed LGBTQ acceptance in their churches and the broader culture and frequently cited Hays' work in debates.

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April 10 2024 By dvirtue Jerome and the Council of Trent

Renaissance humanism, which invited the academic world back "to the sources" (ad fontes) of Greek and Hebrew scholarship, helped fuel the 16th century Reformation. This opened the door to Erasmus' 1516 New Testament, the first time in over a thousand years that the Greek text of the Bible had been published. It is impossible to overestimate the impact Erasmus' Greek New Testament had on the world and the church.

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April 04 2024 By dvirtue The Overcorrection of the Evangelical Sacramentalists

Back in 1918, the Dean of Canterbury, Henry Wace, recognized the potential problem. As the Church of England shifted toward making holy communion the principal Sunday service, problems arose. Among these was the belief (in Wace's words) "that intimate contact with Christ is only to be obtained through the channel of the sacraments." Indeed, such teaching could leave the impression that corporate worship could not occur without sacramental observance.

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April 02 2024 By dvirtue Apologetics and Science: Translating the Language of Faith to a Culture of Scientism

But did it actually mean that science and the Bible are in opposition to one another? Not really. It only meant that what theologians had said about Scripture was different from Galileo's scientific conclusion based on the evidence. What is often overlooked, however, is the other fact that Galileo was a Christian. He said, "that the glory and greatness of Almighty God are marvelously discerned in all His works and divinely read in the open book of Heaven."

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March 29 2024 By dvirtue "It is finished" (John 19:30)

In his High Priestly Prayer just before his crucifixion he announced, "My hour has come" (Jn 17:1). Jesus didn't primarily come to leave us an example for us to follow or a deposit of helpful advice for Christian living; he came to die as our substitute the death we sinners deserve to die. From creation itself, all of human history led up to the cross - this moment - this word.

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March 26 2024 By dvirtue Paradoxes in Passion Week

Cranmer clearly has before him—perhaps literally open to the page—Philippians 2:5-11:

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March 23 2024 By dvirtue THOMAS CRANMER: The Most Important Theologian of the English Reformation

In Bloody Mary's five-year reign as Queen nearly 300 Protestants were killed in a futile attempt to rid the kingdom of the evangelical heresy. The fast-moving train of reformation would not be stopped.

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March 20 2024 By dvirtue WHO'S YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS?

Whole systems of religion were devised to facilitate the understanding of salvation-by-increments: acquiring grace by participating in the sacraments, and our modern-day "celebration of the disciplines" movements that mean to lead us towards the goal of obtaining human worthiness to stand before God. Preachers thrive on this. They are paid good money to fuss at their congregations for not getting better, chiding them to do more and try harder.

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March 18 2024 By dvirtue I Believe in the Death of Julius Caesar and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

1. Distinguish Two Methods

The scientific method records observations, forms hypotheses, makes predictions, conducts repeatable experiments, and analyzes results. But countless unrepeatable facts can't be discovered with the scientific method.

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