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February 06 2006 By virtueonline The importance of the Thirty Nine Articles today

The Creeds

Historically Christians have wanted to clarify the facts of their faith. Early on this was done with Creeds that were used to teach and thus also became an affirmation of faith used at baptism. Later on such creeds became a more general test that people believe the right facts. ?This is especially true of the Nicene Creed.

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February 06 2006 By virtueonline Farewell to Babel - by Michael Nai-Chiu

Archbishop Williams penned these extraordinary words:

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February 03 2006 By virtueonline Orthodoxy, Miracle, and Healing - by Robert Sanders

This affected his theology. Without miracle, he could not arrive at orthodox doctrines of Trinity and Incarnation. If the example of Schleiermacher is instructive, orthodoxy entails miracle, for without miracle, orthodoxy is impossible.

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January 21 2006 By virtueonline THE GLOBAL ANGLICAN COMMUNION: A Blueprint - by Stephen Noll

In September 1997, I gave an address in Dallas, Texas, titled "The Handwriting on the Wall" to a gathering of American and Global South bishops. This was, I think, one of the first such global gatherings of Anglicans to face up to the coming crisis. With the failure of the Righter presentment, the faithful Episcopal bishops had exhausted the internal avenues of discipline.

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January 16 2006 By virtueonline AMIA: Where are we in the Anglican Communion? - by John H. Rodgers

A, Essential formal marks of Anglican Identity

First what makes Anglicans to be Anglicans? What are the formal or essential marks of Anglicanism past and present.

I suggest that there are five elements essential to Anglican identity: 1. A Common Faith, 2. A Common Mission, 3. A Common Worship and 4. A Common ordained Ministry. 5. Some form of authorized belonging and recognition.

1. A Common Faith

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January 09 2006 By virtueonline J.C. Ryle on the 39 Articles

I MUST begin this paper with an apology. My subject may seem at first sight dry, dull, and uninteresting. But I ask my readers to believe that it is not so in reality. There are few points about which it is so important for English Churchmen to have clear and correct views, as about the nature, position, and authority of the Thirty-nine Articles.

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January 05 2006 By virtueonline The Gospel vs Another Gospel in ECUSA - by Bruce Flickinger

The actual reality, however, has often been lost under the caricature of the efforts undertaken to try to discredit authentic, classical, apostolic Christian faith as it had been known from the time just after Jesus to the Enlightenment period in Europe .

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December 23 2005 By virtueonline Deliver us from 'Corporate Perversion'

The Communiqué from the Third South to South Encounter is a landmark in the history of the Anglican Communion, for the reason that the non-western member churches of the Communion came together and engaged the Communion on questions of its fundamental calling as the 'one, holy, catholic and apostolic church'.

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December 16 2005 By virtueonline Evangelicalism in the [Protestant] Episcopal Church of the USA

Looking back, the evangelical school of the Church of England and the Protestant Episcopal Church in the mid-nineteenth century may be characterized in six ways, by its commitment to:

Conversionism - expecting repenting, believing sinners to have an experience of conversion;

Activism - showing evangelistic energy and busy pastoral work;

Biblicism - committed to the final authority of the holy Scriptures for faith and conduct;

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December 15 2005 By virtueonline Jesus, was he Miraculous? - By Peter Jensen

Paradoxically, this attitude was in part the product of Protestant theology. In the sixteenth century, the Protestants took two moves which unintentionally fed into the scepticism of a later age. The first Protestant emphasis was on God's power. They saw much religion as an attempt to manipulate God, akin to magic. They saw it as the church enabling people to contribute to their own salvation, by their own efforts.

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