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November 22 2017 By dvirtue The Bible and Science: The relation of faith and science -- Part 2

In the first installment of this series on The Bible and Science we noted that many significant breakthroughs in science and technology have been made by professing Christians. For some, success brought them conflict with religious leaders and secular scientists. Vindication came late for Copernicus and Galileo. The inventor of the MRI, Dr. Raymond Damadian, was denied a Noble Prize in Medicine because of his fundamentalist religious beliefs.

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November 17 2017 By dvirtue The Bible and Science: Part 1 (First of Four Parts)

It is often said that faith assertions cannot be proven by science, but that is a fallacy. A reader once wrote to tell me, "Science and beliefs do not mix." I responded that "Science begins in belief. One must believe something even to think scientifically."

Another reader shot off this remark, "The Bible and theology are not the enemy of the biological evolution; they are superfluous."

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November 16 2017 By dvirtue Scholars target 'errors' in Bible editions as 'world's most accurate' Greek New Testament goes on sale

Most English Bible translations today use a Greek text published in 1975 and compiled from manuscripts available at the time. But Tyndale House, an academic institution in Cambridge whose latest edition is published on Wednesday, says several original ancient fragments have been found since then and their work includes this new evidence.

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November 05 2017 By dvirtue THE COMPROMISING CHURCH (Part 4)

A Reformation can only occur against the backdrop of accountability to God and the offenses committed against Him. A Reformation such as Martin Luther's was fueled by the environment of Roman Catholicism with its residual elements of Christian tradition. In our era what is necessitated is a revolutionary reversal of practically all that constitutes human self-understanding and perception of reality.

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November 03 2017 By dvirtue Historic Anglican -- Oriental Orthodox agreement on the Holy Spirit signed in Dublin

In their 2015 meeting in Wales, AOOIC members discussed the "procession" of the Holy Spirit, and agreed on the omission of the Filioque clause -- a line appended to the Nicene Creed by the Latin Western tradition causing a schism between the Oriental Orthodox Churches and the western Churches that was inherited by the Anglican tradition. The clause says that the Holy Spirit proceeds "from the Son" (Jesus) as well as the Father.

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November 02 2017 By dvirtue First president ends up on the ash heap of political correctness at Virginia Episcopal church

"There is no place for the Confederate battle flag in the iconography of the nation's most visible faith community," declared former National Cathedral Dean Gary Hall, as the small flags were removed from the massive eight-foot tall stained-glass windows last summer.

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October 31 2017 By dvirtue THE COMPROMISING CHURCH (Part 3)

Cranmer was everything a Reformer should be for his type of people - a guide well informed, reliant upon God, patient in the search for certainty, cautious in assertion until any matter could be propounded with edifying confidence. He was not rash, but responsible in a situation where human rage could quickly be ignited. His theology was strong but his spirit was meek and he wished for piety to keep pace with doctrinal perception. Every step should be measured.

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October 26 2017 By dvirtue Christians in the world - A letter to Diognetus

They live in the flesh, but they are not governed by the desires of the flesh. They pass their days upon earth, but they are citizens of heaven. Obedient to the laws, they yet live on a level that transcends the law. Christians love all men, but all men persecute them. Condemned because they are not understood, they are put to death, but raised to life again. They live in poverty, but enrich many; they are totally destitute, but possess an abundance of everything.

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October 26 2017 By dvirtue Putting The Devil In His Place

The film came out in 1976. I was spending the summer with a friend in Kansas. At the time, I was studying Buddhism in college. I was quite hostile to Christianity, not the least because of what I took to be it's manipulative and superstitious emphasis on Satan. But I was shaken by The Omen; it made the Biblical notion of the demonic realm seem vividly real.

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October 21 2017 By dvirtue THE COMPROMISING CHURCH (Part 2)

The Church is in perpetual reforming mode complying with the will of God more completely and furthering the comprehension of his infinitely deep disclosures through creation, Christ, the inspired Canon, and the inspiring Spirit. The Reformation is a deep well from which to draw and its sources, the Sacred Word, the illumination of the Holy Spirit, and sanctified human wisdom, are our perpetual resources for familiarity with truth and faithfulness to God.

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