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May 17 2018 By dvirtue Why Cranmer Would Have Approved of The Oxford Martyrs' Memorial

Stylishly as usual, Orwell Prize winner Mr Hitchens wrote: 'I usually salute the actual site of the burnings as I pass (bicycling in Oxford), though mainly in memory of Thomas Cranmer, rather more to my liking than Latimer or Ridley, because he really wasn't very brave. Cranmer had been made to watch the deaths of his old friends, so he knew exactly what to expect and fear. He was reduced to ashes in the same place (then a bleak and squalid ditch) some time later.

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May 15 2018 By dvirtue Latimer and Ridley are Forgotten

For about four hundred years, the memory of this era made Englishness and Protestantism almost synonymous. Right down to my father's Edwardian generation, only recently extinct, many English people equated popery with tyranny and foreign autocracy. Still in my childhood Queen Mary was referred to as "Bloody Mary" in the presence of children--a shocking thing, since "bloody" was also in those days a swear word of some power, taboo in polite society.

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May 15 2018 By dvirtue Seeing Things Properly: Vision, Imagination and Reason in C.S. Lewis's Apologetics

Many Christian apologists have assimilated Lewis to their own way of thinking, presenting him in thoroughly modernist terms as an advocate of rationalist defences of faith. Yet to get the most out of reading Lewis, we need to approach him on his own terms. Here, I want to explore Lewis's distinctive understanding of the rationality of faith, which emphasises the reasonableness of Christianity without imprisoning it within an impersonal and austere rationalism.

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May 02 2018 By dvirtue Evangelical Gnosticism

I first caught wind of this striking divergence from Christian orthodoxy in class last year, when we encountered Stoic visions of the afterlife. Cicero, for one, describes the body as a prison from which the immortal soul is mercifully freed upon death, whereas Seneca views the body as "nothing more or less than a fetter on my freedom," one eventually "dissolved" when the soul is set loose. These conceptions were quite attractive to the students.

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April 26 2018 By dvirtue Crazy King Henry: Did Anglicanism begin with lust and divorce?

Henry's divorce

But was it true? Did Anglicanism really begin because (as is often alleged) Henry VIII lusted after Anne Boleyn and for that reason divorced his wife Catherine who had borne him five children?

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April 26 2018 By dvirtue Thinking about Mission the Anglican Way

But then something funny happens on the way to world evangelism. When it comes to cross-cultural missionary work, we quickly forget about our Anglican distinctives. This doesn't happen in other areas, so why does it happen with cross-cultural and global mission?

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April 22 2018 By dvirtue The Integrity of Biblical Anglicanism: Catholic and Reformed

A major problem for Anglicanism - as it is - is its comprehensiveness and excessive allowance of diversity in churchmanship from Anglo-Catholicism, Liberalism, Radicalism, through to numerous shades of Evangelicalism i.e. Classic, Open, Neo, Charismatic, and so on. Anglicanism - as it is - is a cuckoo's nest for every species of Christian or sub-Christian conviction and opinion.

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April 11 2018 By dvirtue Churchianity or Christianity: The Need for Scriptural Cultural Theology (Parts 1 & 2)

From some of the greatest works of art, literature, music, and architecture that the West ever produced, and which can still thrill the heart, to the names of hospitals and schools -- in fact embedded in the mottos of some of the most prestigious universities -- the cultural vestiges of Christianity are ubiquitous. And yet it is no longer controversial to assert that the Christian church has, for the most part, ceased to be a truly moving force in the affairs of Western civilisation.

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March 23 2018 By dvirtue St. Nicholas Ring Unearthed in Jezreel Valley Garden

Dr. Yana Tchekhanovetz, an IAA archaeologist who is an expert on the Byzantine period, examined the ring.

"This special ring is amazingly well preserved and will contribute a great deal to science," Tchekhanovetz explained in an IAA press release. "On the ring is the image of a bald man with a staff next to him. On preliminary examination, this seems to be St. Nicholas holding a bishop's crook--his hallmark."

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