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November 18 2005 By virtueonline ENGLAND: Women Bishops

As loyal Anglicans, by God's grace, we believe and uphold the doctrine of the Church of England, in particular as confessed in the Thirty Nine Articles of Religion. We pray and labour with others to see it provide a faithful, firm, and clear witness to the nation. We seek to build up the people of God in the most holy faith, once for all delivered, in the parishes and places to which God has called us.

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November 14 2005 By virtueonline Jesus, the Prophet at the End of the World - by Peter Jensen

DR. JENSEN has been Archbishop of Sydney, the largest Diocese in the country, since 2001 and is Chair of the General Synod Doctrine Commission. He has written a number of books including The Quest For Power, At the Heart the Universe and The Revelation of God and in June this year presented the inaugural TC Hammond Lectures in Ireland.

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November 09 2005 By virtueonline Oxford Union Debate: Homosexual lifestyle no bar to becoming a bishop

But of course these factors may make us lose sight of the substantive and specific issue before us. They may mean we fail to think clearly when we come to vote. In appealing to you not to support the motion let me first remind you what it says and how many of the arguments from those proposing it are therefore either unconvincing or irrelevant.

"This House believes a homosexual lifestyle is no bar to becoming a Bishop"

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Q. So might we have a vicar and his or her partner in the vicarage?

A. Yes. But in the case of clergy, the bishops have said they will seek assurances that the relationship is celibate (paras 19, 21).

Q. Why is there a different standard for clergy and for laity?

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November 07 2005 By virtueonline Archaeologists Discover Ancient Church

The dig took place over the past 18 months at the Megiddo prison in Israel's northern Galilee region, with the most significant discoveries taking place in the past two weeks, Tepper said. Scholars believe Megiddo to be the New Testament's Armageddon, the site of a final war between good and evil.

Tepper said the discovery could reveal more about an important period of Christianity, which was banned until the fourth century.

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October 29 2005 By virtueonline Did Jesus Bless Homosexuality?

To the skepticism of the disciples, Jesus responded, "Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given. For some are eunuchs because they were born that way; others were made that way by men; and others have renounced marriage because of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it."(Matthew 19:11-12). For years, I did not give much thought to who Jesus might have been referencing here by the use of the term eunuchs.

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October 25 2005 By virtueonline S.P.R.E.A.D. Vision Statement

2. to indicate the theological foundations stated or implied by the writings, public announcements and other leadership actions taken by the other three instruments of unity in the Anglican Communion as set forth in Lambeth 1998

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October 24 2005 By virtueonline "Disciplining the Episcopal Church not realistic" - by Nicholas Henderson

However, although it was Newman again who said 'Growth is the only evidence of life' It was Henry Miller (1891 - 1980) US novelist who said 'All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without benefit of experience.' That's more like my style. The Wisdom of the Heart, "The Absolute Collective," 1947.

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October 24 2005 By virtueonline In Theological Praise of Common Sense: A Reflection on the St. Michael Report

What distinguishes the English religious sensibility? Most any answer you can think of risks pride, since other traditions can doubtless claim the quality as well. Still, perhaps the most admirable is the most humble, English common sense.

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