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March 25 2005 By virtueonline '95 Encyclical Foresaw Cases Like Terri Schiavo's

"The Holy Father coined the expression 'culture of death' to refer to the tendency of modern society to depreciate the inviolable dignity of human life," he told ZENIT. "The Schiavo case illustrates Pope John Paul's concerns that human persons would be valued more for their utility and 'quality of life' than for their inherent worth."

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March 22 2005 By virtueonline The Pelagian Captivity of the Church - by R.C. Sproul

He was speaking of Rome as the modern Babylon that held the Gospel hostage with its rejection of the biblical understanding of justification. You can understand how fierce the controversy was, how polemical this title would be in that period by saying that the Church had not simply erred or strayed, but had fallen - that it's actually now Babylonian; it is now in pagan captivity.

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March 15 2005 By virtueonline Anglican Roman Catholic dialogue discusses Windsor Report, primates' communique

"For decades," said the Rt. Rev. Christopher Epting, deputy for ecumenical and interfaith relations for the Episcopal Church, "our conversations have revolved around the balance between the centralized authority structure of the Roman Catholic Church and the more dispersed authority in Anglicanism. Our current tensions are and discussions across the Anglican Communion provide a contemporary case study which surely has wider implications across the Body of Christ today."

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March 11 2005 By virtueonline Os Guinness Looks Evil in the Eye

I actually had the date September 11 marked down in my calendar for a dinner discussion in Manhattan on evil, which was suddenly made all the more urgent by the terror strike, and I found myself in a passionate discussion of evil among leaders in New York and Washington.

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March 09 2005 By virtueonline Still Fighting Over Nicaea - by Ted Olsen

Not that the Council of Nicaea was as decisive as it is usually billed, either. It took almost 60 years for Nicaea's influence to solidify. In the meantime, the main heresy condemned at the council, Arianism, became ascendant and almost triumphed over orthodoxy. Even the Nicene Creed recited today wasn't really adopted until 381, 56 years after the council ended.

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February 19 2005 By virtueonline ECUSA: Griswold's Sermon Is Revival Of Gnosticism - by Dr. Robert J. Sanders

Turner's point was straightforward and one that I have always affirmed, the problem with ECUSA is not simply moral, but at the deepest level, theological. Turner describes this theology as a theology of radical inclusion, and so it is. But this raises a question, What is the vision of God, historically speaking, that animates this ECUSA gospel of radical inclusion? By "historically," I refer to the fact that there are really no new ideas, especially in religion.

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February 08 2005 By virtueonline On What is Our Anglican Unity Based? - Statement from Five Primates

We five archbishops of the Anglican Communion do nevertheless observe that the breadth and depth of the theological situation in ECUSA and Canada were neither adequately represented to the Commission nor fully appreciated in the recommendations of the Report. However, the Report did observe that "the overwhelming response from other Christians both inside and outside the Anglican family has been to regard these developments as departures from genuine, apostolic Christian faith."

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February 03 2005 By virtueonline SYDNEY: The Faith Once For All Delivered

The Faith Once For All Delivered is a collection of essays which responds to The Windsor Report from several directions: legal, rhetorical, and theological. They are written by Australian evangelicals, who share a common belief that the future of Anglicanism ought to be shaped more and more by ‘the faith once for all delivered to the saints’.

A full copy of the 152-page document can be downloaded in pdf form by clicking on the link below:

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February 03 2005 By virtueonline Liberals Spin Windsor Report In Panel Discussion

The Rt. Rev. John B. Lipscomb, Bishop of Southwest Florida, said the problem facing the Anglican Communion is not simply about the ordination of a gay bishop, the Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire. "Let's take Bishop Robinson out of the hot seat and realize what we are talking about," he said.

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January 20 2005 By virtueonline Fruits of Repentance - by Andrew Goddard

So why then did over 20 bishops issue a minority report? Why are so many who wish to uphold Communion teaching and discipline not satisfied with the Pastoral Letter?

The difficulties are two-fold: the failure to express regret in the terms called for by the Windsor Report and the interpretation that must be put on the words quoted above when set in the context of the letter as a whole.

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