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February 15 2017 By dvirtue ANGLICAN ANEMIA -- (Part Four)

Anglicanism's godly tradition is virtually trashed. Its contemporary congregants have no idea of what they are missing and probably little appetite for it if ever introduced to it. Our generation has gone too far into a mode of modern Christian thought and practice that flatters and entertains and which bears little resemblance to the historic faith of the ages. It does not adequately reveal the God of sovereignty and majesty nor hold a mirror to the miserable condition of our race.

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February 11 2017 By dvirtue ANGLICAN ANEMIA - (Part Three)

These little hints of individuality and distinctiveness counter our tendency to read all authors in a routine way devoid of empathy. There is music and meaning in great authors who take us into their confidence and society through the privacy of turning the pages of their books, and Ford Lewis Battles describes Calvin as a poet even in the English prose through which we receive him: "We must regard Calvin as a poet because his prose, compared with ours is poetry . .

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February 10 2017 By dvirtue Israel: 12th Dead Sea Scroll cave of Qumran discovered

The scrolls include biblical texts and Second Temple Period texts, mainly written in Hebrew and Aramaic. They were discovered near Jerusalem in the 1940s by Bedouin goat herders. The scrolls are believed to have been written between 150BC and 70AD. They have been found scattered in several caves in the Qumran area. Some caves have harboured only jars and wrappings of scrolls, but are thought to have also held scrolls at some point in their history.

Best find in 60 years

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February 04 2017 By dvirtue ANGLICAN ANEMIA - (Part Two)

Notwithstanding the excellence of the English Reformers in their knowledge and deployment of Scripture and their grasp of the essentials of the Gospel, Anglicanism is enormously enriched by its numerous connections, formal and informal, with agents of reform on the Continent. The power of friendships between the English and their European confreres should not be underestimated in the formation of religious views.

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February 03 2017 By dvirtue Can Mathematics Prove The Existence Of God?

Does this mean that we now have a successful proof of the existence of God? No, clearly not. The computer scientists have only shown that Gödel's derivation of his conclusion from his premises is valid. Gödel's conclusion can be properly deduced from his premises. Gödel's deduction is logically valid. But this should of course hardly surprise us. After all, Kurt Gödel is not just by coincidence seen as one of the greatest logicians since Aristotle.

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February 01 2017 By dvirtue 500 years on - does the Reformation still matter?

Our English Bible, our Prayer Book and the Articles of Religion were the product of those who were prepared to lay down their very lives for the truths which had gripped them. As far as they were concerned, the gospel itself was at stake. And that was more important than institutional unity.

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January 31 2017 By dvirtue The Bible and the Reformation - Chris Wright

Wright is the international ministries director of the Langham Partnership, dedicated to educating pastors toward theological maturity. The ministry began under John Stott, rector of All Souls Church at Langham Place. Wright has a PhD in Old Testament ethics from Cambridge University, and encouraged the clergy not to neglect this great treasure.

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January 30 2017 By dvirtue The Appeal of the Anglican Tradition

However, pesky reformers like Martin Luther, John Calvin, and Thomas Cranmer went and ruined everything for us poor Protestants. Now we have the Lutheran's, the Dutch Reformed and Presbyterians, and of course, the Anglican Communion. These denominations in turn split into even more denominations which in no way makes life any easier for the Christian looking for a biblical and orthodox community to call home.

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January 25 2017 By dvirtue ANGLICAN ANEMIA (Part One)

The heritage of the English Reformation is unsurpassable. Its thinkers were disciples in the Augustinian tradition and students in accord with the teaching of the master minds of Continental reform. They eagerly seized upon Reformed Catholicism and molded it into an effective pastoral tool for the English nation and its knowledge of God.

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January 18 2017 By dvirtue THE INCARNATION: The Lord's Song in a Strange Land

It is important that we understand two things about God's wrath: First, it's true character and purpose is solely to recover a path for his love. Secondly, God needs to do nothing but withdraw his Holy Spirit from us, and leave us to our own spirits, for us to be living in hell. Even J. P. Sartre in No Exit knew that without God "hell is other people."

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