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October 09 2004 By virtueonline TESTING THE FAITH: Homosexual S&M part of Christianity?

The presentations offered at the American Academy of Religion's 2004 Annual Meeting in San Antonio next month demonstrates that "bringing male homosexual behavior into the mainstream produces a slippery slope" that serves only to destroy basic societal norms rather than tame risky behavior, says Robert A. J. Gagnon, associate professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

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September 30 2004 By virtueonline Evolutionism and the Limits of Science: An interview with Prof. Mariano Artigas

Artigas, a professor of philosophy of nature and of sciences at the University of Navarre, spoke with ZENIT.

Q: The title "The Frontiers of Evolutionism" indicates that there are questions that fall outside the competence of science, yes?

Artigas: I will respond with the words of Stephen Jay Gould, one of the most important evolutionists of the 20th century. He was a professor of Harvard University for most of his life.

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September 14 2004 By virtueonline Oak Hill College - Holiness and Sexuality

A review of the book can be found on Oak Hill's website at

David Peterson contributed three chapters. This is the third where he examines Romans chapter one and engages with the theology of Canon Jeffrey John.

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September 07 2004 By virtueonline Seeds of Democracy: A Christian/Muslim Dialogue - by Peter Moore

Let me begin, then, with a personal story.

I was walking through a particularly beautiful village in the mountains of Morocco, some years ago, and I was chatting with my twenty-something guide, a very talkative young man who seemed unusually eager to find out as much about me as he could.

“Are you American?” He asked, right off the bat. “Yes,” I said. “Are you Christian?” “Yes” again, I answered. “Are you Protestant?” Once again I said “Yes.”

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September 02 2004 By virtueonline Where have all the Scriptures gone? - by Ephraim Radner

Was it ever really possible to structure a common life within the diocese upon a firm and compelling spiritual basis, when that basis itself – the substance and authority of the Church’s proclamation and teaching of the revealed truth of Christ – is what is in rancorous dispute? Can there be an accountability for common life, when the accounting reference itself – the character of Christ’s own teaching -- has become the seeming source of our divisions?

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September 02 2004 By virtueonline Ecclesial Existence Today - by Douglas Farrow

What is the church? Whatever else may be said in answer to that question, and whatever may be disputed between the churches, we must surely say at least this: The church is the community of the new covenant between God and humanity that is grounded in the self-offering of Jesus Christ and confesses him as Lord.

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August 23 2004 By virtueonline What God Hath Not Joined - by Edith Humphrey

As we address these issues over the long term, we hope to communicate two things: First, a definite "no" to calls to lower the moral bar (whether they come from within the church or from secular critics). And second, a decided "yes" to respect and extend compassion to the people who advocate views and practices we oppose. The issues are too important to fall short in either direction.

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August 13 2004 By virtueonline ENGLAND: A funny thing happened on way to disbelief. Twilight of Atheism

In this accessible intellectual history, McGrath explores how atheism came to capture a wide swath of the public imagination as the road to human liberation and progress, and why, in a postmodern world, its appeal has faded. Yet he also makes clear that, despite the resurgence in faith, Western Christianity has not fully recovered from the crisis of the '60s.

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August 12 2004 By virtueonline "Plan for the worst; Pray for the best" - by Simon Vibert

Yes, this is a tension! And over the years, the Christian Church has swayed between over or under-realised eschatology as it has lived with the tension.

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August 12 2004 By virtueonline Principles of Bible Interpretation - by Rev. Charles F. Sutton, Jr.

The Bible needs to be interpreted according to “the big picture.” The parts only make their fullest sense in the light of the whole. The Bible also needs to be interpreted according to its own terms. One of the ba-sic questions about the Bible is “What is the Bible’s ultimate source?” Is it purely from the mind of hu-man beings, or is God the ultimate author? If we as Christians look to Jesus Christ, we need to see his atti-tude to the Scriptures.

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