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May 22 2021 By dvirtue Scientists and theologians join forces for new Anglican Communion Science Commission

Scientists, theologians, and bishops from around the globe are being invited by the Anglican Communion's Secretary General, Dr Josiah Idowu-Fearon, to serve as Commissioners. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has asked Anglican Communion Primates to nominate a Bishop from their Church to serve as provincial representatives at conferences of the Commission.

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May 20 2021 By dvirtue The Pelagian Captivity of the Church

He taught that Adam's sin affected Adam only and that men and women are free to sin or to not sin. Pelagius opposed the idea of original sin: that, after the Fall, we are not able to not sin - until such time as God brings us from death to life and gives us the Holy Spirit and a "right willing." Pelagians then and today have a high anthropology (an omni-confident view of "free will") which always results in a low christology (we don't need a Savior, we need a coach to cheer us on).

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May 17 2021 By dvirtue Resurrection and Heaven

We say in our creed that we believe "in the resurrection of the body," not just the spirit. We believe that God is going to do for the whole physical creation what he did for Jesus at Easter. In the meantime, all creation groans for release for its true and ultimate created purposes (Rom 8:19). We see glimpses of this when the prophets of old talk about a time in the future when the mountains will sing and the trees will clap their hands.

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May 15 2021 By dvirtue SCHISM

In 1534 Henry VIII broke with the Church of Rome to declare himself the Supreme Head of the Church of England. Everyone knows his selfish reasons. But the neurotic desire for a male heir to the throne, God used as the occasion for the Protestant Reformation in England. In the years that followed the Church of England fully embraced Protestant theology.

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May 05 2021 By dvirtue SANCTIFICATION

And with esteem for my revivalist, pietistic evangelical friends, sanctification is not about more obedience to the latest and greatest set of spiritual disciplines that are guaranteed on the book cover to bring us incremental righteousness. No! It's growing in appreciation for God's imputed perfect righteousness - his promise to never leave us nor forsake us, and to love us with an everlasting love that not even death can touch.

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May 03 2021 By dvirtue Why I Am Not An Arminian

Does this explain the hairshirt relationship Anglicanism has with its Calvinistic formularies (the Thirty-nine Articles, the Homilies, and the 1662 Book of Common Prayer)?

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Cranmer was a gentle and cautious man and his theological positions developed unhurriedly. He may have been somewhat slow and deeply thoughtful in forming his convictions, at least publicly, but, through his thoroughness, when they did take shape, they were sturdy. The Archbishop's conclusions were never rash and when settled they were reliable. His mind was well-suited to his nation's spiritual needs and tempo.

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April 04 2021 By dvirtue IT IS FINISHED

For years now I have wondered about an opening verse in Paul's epistle to the Ephesians: "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places" (1:3). Does EVERY really mean EVERY blessing? If we have been blessed in the past tense (once-and-for-all!) with every spiritual blessing in Christ, then why doesn't my life show it?

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March 29 2021 By dvirtue Jesus cleansed the temple; is it needed again?

In the midst of all the familiar, however, lies hidden in plain sight a portion of Scripture often ignored or overlooked altogether. Chapter 21 in Matthew's Gospel records the beginning of the events of Holy Week.

Mark provides the best chronology, explaining that on the first evening of His first day in Jerusalem, Jesus went to the temple, made some observations, left Jerusalem, then traveled to and stayed the night in Bethany.

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March 26 2021 By dvirtue “John Polkinghorne saw the doctrine of the Trinity as consonant with the entangled world of quantum theory”

“The truth of the resurrection fed into John’s writing on what theology and science say about the ultimate fate of the universe”, says Holder.

“John Polkinghorne saw the doctrine of the Trinity as consonant with the entangled world of quantum theory”

Question. Many may have not heard about John Polkinghorne. What were his his main areas of scientific work?

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