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In general, it is not worth answering the kind of breezy dismissal of our work you shared with your colleagues and have passed on to us - other matters are at clearly at issue in your self-expression that are hard to fathom from the outside.

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October 19 2005 By virtueonline From mental disorder to civil-rights cause:Tracing gay rights agenda

WORLD: You've argued, against today's conventional wisdom, that the idea of "sexual orientation" is a fiction. What's the scientific evidence?

JS: A nationwide University of Chicago study of sexuality in America in 1994 concluded, ". . . it is patently false that homosexuality is a uniform attribute across individuals, that it is stable over time, and that it can be easily measured." Studies across the globe that have now sampled over 100,000 individuals have found the same.

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October 11 2005 By virtueonline The Clinical Christ - by Charles L. Zeiders, Psy.D.

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October 07 2005 By virtueonline ENGLAND: How to become a Bishop

Which is pretty remarkable when you think that Cuddesdon now only trains about one tenth of those in residential training and less than one twentieth of all those in training in any form.
By way of comparison the six evangelical colleges combined trained the same number of Bishops (15/44). Yet these colleges now account for two-thirds of all those in residential training.

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October 05 2005 By virtueonline CHRISTIANITY'S RELIGION PROBLEM

The problem is not that this script is getting old. The real problem is that we've entered a 9/11 era of religious fanaticism, making the role of religion in public life deeply suspect. At exactly the moment when the need for effective Christian leadership could not be greater, it remains difficult to find.

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October 05 2005 By virtueonline Catholic Church no longer swears by truth of the Bible

The document is timely, coming as it does amid the rise of the religious Right, in particular in the US.

Some Christians want a literal interpretation of the story of creation, as told in Genesis, taught alongside Darwin's theory of evolution in schools, believing "intelligent design" to be an equally plausible theory of how the world began.

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September 29 2005 By virtueonline JERUSALEM: First Temple-era seal discovered

The 2,600 year old artifact, with three lines in ancient Hebrew, was discovered amidst piles of rubble discarded by the Islamic Wakf that Barkay and a team of young archaeologists and volunteers are sifting through on the grounds of a Jerusalem national park.

The seal, which predates the destruction of the First Jewish temple in 586 BCE, was presented Tuesday night to the press at an archaeological conference at the City of David sponsored by the right-wing Elad organization.

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September 26 2005 By virtueonline Roman Catholic Church on the Pastoral care of Homosexual Persons

2. Naturally, an exhaustive treatment of this complex issue cannot be attempted here, but we will focus our reflection within the distinctive context of the Catholic moral perspective. It is a perspective which finds support in the more secure findings of the natural sciences, which have their own legitimate and proper methodology and field of inquiry.

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September 25 2005 By virtueonline Quantum Unbelief: A critique of NW Bishop Michael Ingham

Ingham's first mistake is to think that this "new physics" is new.

The two components that he refers to - quantum mechanics and general relativity - were well established by the time of the fifth Solvay conference in 1927, so they certainly do not represent a paradigm shift in science "in our lifetime".

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September 21 2005 By virtueonline Three observations on love, marriage and the future of Anglicanism

Sexuality is a word less than two centuries old. It can be understood in a neutral sense as "the constitutionally bipolar character of human nature" (N.B. sex from the Latin "to cut"). According to this definition, sexuality includes:

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