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September 07 2017 By dvirtue A New Via Media

It seems to me, however, that another "via media" is currently emerging. I think this new middle way is going to be different. Firstly, it crosses all the old denominational lines and, indeed, even some doctrinal distinctions. Basically, it consists of people who can say the Apostles or Nicene Creeds without crossing their fingers behind their back. If anything, I think one would have to view this new middle way as being "post-denominational", i.e.

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September 05 2017 By dvirtue Why the Rejection of the Nashville Statement on Sexuality Is a Rejection of the Bible

Yes, just the most basic of the basics, reaffirming what the Church (and Synagogue) have believed about marriage and sexuality for two millennia and offering grace and mercy to all. That's why, when I was asked to be one of the initial signatories, I signed on without hesitation. What was there to disagree with?

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September 04 2017 By dvirtue Faults in the South Carolina Decision Laid Bare (II)

Rehearing is required, flat out, because respondents' due process rights to a fair and impartial tribunal were grossly violated. But rehearing would be required in any event because the bias injected into the proceedings by Justice Hearn tainted not only her conclusions, but those of Acting Justice Pleicones and of Chief Justice Beatty, as well.

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September 03 2017 By dvirtue Church's post-colonial survival lies in 'meaningful' theology

In a keynote address by video link, Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, told doctoral students that in the colonial era an engagement with these areas had been seen as the preserve of the 'colonial powers', yet in some societies the challenges to the church's survival lies in such study. He called for the new programme to prioritise research into controversial topics that were beyond the scope of secular university departments and Christian seminaries.

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September 02 2017 By dvirtue The Trans dilemma: human dysphoria and the Life of Brian

After a long pause Stan mutters, "I want to be one....I want to be a woman. From now on I want you all to call me Loretta.
Reg: What!?
Stan: It's my right as a man.
Judith: Why do you want to be Loretta, Stan?
Stan: I want to have babies.
Reg: You want to have babies?!?!?!
Stan: It's every man's right to have babies if he wants them.
Reg: But you can't have babies.
Stan: Don't you oppress me!"

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August 24 2017 By dvirtue Why patriarchy is the best solution for happy families and societies

His thesis, rigorously supported by academic studies and court records is that an intact family of mother and father is the safest environment for women and for children. The growth of sexual libertarianism means that the natural restraints against sexual harassment, child abuse, bullying, and the provision of the protection of women that were provided by codes of morality and by fathers in families have been removed.

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August 23 2017 By dvirtue Getting Along, Despite Differences

And we have to say, that we who are followers of Jesus, enter this discussion in a mixed light. We are, and there is no question, the pioneers of freedom of conscience and religious freedom. From Tertullian (circa 155-240 AD) and Lactantius (circa 250-325 AD) right down through Roger Williams (1603-1683) and William Penn (1644-1718) and many of the greatest heroes of this issue, they were followers of Jesus.

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August 23 2017 By dvirtue SC Episcopal Schism: Supreme Court Justice Slammed

Will it matter that she didn't? Doubtful ...

To recap: In late 2012, FITS broke the story of "rogue bishop" Mark Lawrence of Charleston, S.C. -- an Episcopal priest who was booted from the national church for refusing to adopt its views on gay marriage and the ordination of gay and female clergy.

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August 22 2017 By dvirtue Hard truth about soft power

Yet this same Archbishop takes the leading role as the Episcopal Church of the Sudan is born, notwithstanding his complicity with the Church of England's accelerating drift from that apostolic Christianity which has sustained Sudanese Anglicans through much suffering.

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August 21 2017 By dvirtue We All Have History

You see, we all have a history of things that we have done and, indeed, things that have been done to us through the course of our lives. That personal history has a continuing impact upon people's lives, albeit in different ways. Some of us drag the hurt and injuries with us throughout our lives. The scars are always on display for anyone who wishes to look. Others of us bury the hurt deep within ourselves.

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