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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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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.

About the Cover Art

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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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