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May 02 2018 By dvirtue Evangelical Gnosticism

I first caught wind of this striking divergence from Christian orthodoxy in class last year, when we encountered Stoic visions of the afterlife. Cicero, for one, describes the body as a prison from which the immortal soul is mercifully freed upon death, whereas Seneca views the body as "nothing more or less than a fetter on my freedom," one eventually "dissolved" when the soul is set loose. These conceptions were quite attractive to the students.

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April 26 2018 By dvirtue Crazy King Henry: Did Anglicanism begin with lust and divorce?

Henry's divorce

But was it true? Did Anglicanism really begin because (as is often alleged) Henry VIII lusted after Anne Boleyn and for that reason divorced his wife Catherine who had borne him five children?

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April 26 2018 By dvirtue Thinking about Mission the Anglican Way

But then something funny happens on the way to world evangelism. When it comes to cross-cultural missionary work, we quickly forget about our Anglican distinctives. This doesn't happen in other areas, so why does it happen with cross-cultural and global mission?

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April 22 2018 By dvirtue The Integrity of Biblical Anglicanism: Catholic and Reformed

A major problem for Anglicanism - as it is - is its comprehensiveness and excessive allowance of diversity in churchmanship from Anglo-Catholicism, Liberalism, Radicalism, through to numerous shades of Evangelicalism i.e. Classic, Open, Neo, Charismatic, and so on. Anglicanism - as it is - is a cuckoo's nest for every species of Christian or sub-Christian conviction and opinion.

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April 11 2018 By dvirtue Churchianity or Christianity: The Need for Scriptural Cultural Theology (Parts 1 & 2)

From some of the greatest works of art, literature, music, and architecture that the West ever produced, and which can still thrill the heart, to the names of hospitals and schools -- in fact embedded in the mottos of some of the most prestigious universities -- the cultural vestiges of Christianity are ubiquitous. And yet it is no longer controversial to assert that the Christian church has, for the most part, ceased to be a truly moving force in the affairs of Western civilisation.

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March 23 2018 By dvirtue St. Nicholas Ring Unearthed in Jezreel Valley Garden

Dr. Yana Tchekhanovetz, an IAA archaeologist who is an expert on the Byzantine period, examined the ring.

"This special ring is amazingly well preserved and will contribute a great deal to science," Tchekhanovetz explained in an IAA press release. "On the ring is the image of a bald man with a staff next to him. On preliminary examination, this seems to be St. Nicholas holding a bishop's crook--his hallmark."

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March 18 2018 By dvirtue Two Dead Sea Scrolls never before displayed in public to be shown in US exhibition

The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) revealed that the 600-piece collection includes 18 other scrolls which have been displayed before, and a three-tonne stone from the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

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March 14 2018 By dvirtue Toward a New Anglican Psalter

The Purpose of the Psalms

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February 26 2018 By dvirtue Confessions of a reluctant Complementarian

Problem 1:
The first was that wives should submit. I knew women were just as competent as men -- often more so. If there was wisdom in asymmetrical decision-making in marriage, surely it should depend on who was more competent in that area: sometimes the husband, sometimes the wife!

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