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June 27 2005 By virtueonline UGANDA: Church issues statement on Scripture, Authority and Sexuality

There appears to be no authority within the Communion at all four levels of its Instruments of Unity - The Archbishop of Canterbury, The Lambeth Conference of Bishops, The Primates Meeting and the Anglican Consultative Council.

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June 19 2005 By virtueonline Arguments for same-sex behavior: outlines and inadequacies

Given the historic Anglican commitment to the primacy and sufficiency of Scripture, it would seem difficult to make a case from an Anglican perspective for the approval of same-sex activity, for the blessing of same-sex relationships, or for the ordaining of practicing homosexual clergy. Those who attempt to make such a case necessarily have to address the question of biblical authority.

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June 19 2005 By virtueonline Another Gospel? Anglican Revisionism Compared with Churches of Nazi Germany

This was signed by 22 Bishops of the ECUSA, and among other demands called for the recognition of same sex unions and the adoption of a new sexual ethic based on "personal relationships and social justice rather than particular sexual acts".

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June 19 2005 By virtueonline "Ancestor veneration to be approved by the Church"

The necessity of African Theology, and its dangers.

African theology, in the sense of theology written by Africans, is not a new phenomenon. The great theologians Origen, Clement and Augustine were African, and some have suggested that the writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews may have been from Alexandria in Egypt.

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June 19 2005 By virtueonline THE MONTREAL DECLARATION

2. Creator, Redeemer and SanctifierThe almighty triune God created a universe that was in every way good until creaturely rebellion disrupted it. Sin having intruded, God in love purposed to restore cosmic order through the calling of the covenant people Israel, the coming of Jesus Christ to redeem, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit to sanctify, the building up of the church for worship and witness, and the coming again of Christ in glory to make all things new.

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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: . the biological duality of male and female sexes as necessary for reproduction; . the psychological identity of each person as either a man or a woman; . the erotic longing of a woman and a man for each other; .

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June 05 2005 By virtueonline Why were our Reformers Burned? - Bishop JC Ryle

It is fashionable in some quarters to deny that there is any such thing as certainty about religious truth, or any opinions for which it is worth while to be burned. Yet, 300 years ago, there were men who were certain they had found out truth, and were content to die for their opinions.-It is fashionable in other quarters to leave out all the unpleasant things in history, and to paint everything a rose-coloured hue.

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May 31 2005 By virtueonline About the Pastoral Provision for Anglicans going to Rome

The Pastoral Provision is a service rendered to the bishops of the United States by which former Episcopal ministers who have been accepted as candidates for priestly ordination receive theological, spiritual, and pastoral preparation for ministry in the Catholic Church.

Since 1983 over seventy men have been ordained for priestly ministry in Catholic dioceses of the United States; seven personal parishes have been established and the Book of Divine Worship has been authorized.

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May 25 2005 By virtueonline "An Unworkable Theology" - by Philip Turner

For thirty-five years, I have been such a participant observer in the Episcopal Church. After ten years as a missionary in Uganda, I returned to this country and began graduate work in Christian Ethics with Paul Ramsey at Princeton University. Three years later I took up a post at the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest. Full of excitement, I listened to my first Student sermon - only to be taken aback by its vacuity.

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May 16 2005 By virtueonline ON THE HOLY SPIRIT - by Ephraim Radner

ECUSA's Presiding Bishop has, for some time, been propounding a theology of "unfolding truth", whose movement in history he ties to the particular work of the Spirit. "It is through the agency of the Holy Spirit that God's creative activity continues in the world and Christ continues to unfold his truth" (Frank Griswold, recent Pentecost sermon). The proper term for this work, therefore, is one of "evolution".

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