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December 22 2016 By dvirtue Anglicans and the Historic Priesthood

Some say that the opposing positions on women's ordination are predicated on equally valid arguments. That is problematic because the Church does not change sacred Tradition based on the validity of arguments. It has no authority to do so.

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December 20 2016 By dvirtue How do we Become "Children of God"?

The portrait of black people in the scene is patronizing at best. It reflects the racism of the time, especially when Groucho, Chico and Harper smear tar on their faces to blend in with the crowd. The film presents black people as childlike -- but also as vibrant and expressive. Their attraction to the enigmatic Harpo -- and his evident affinity with them -- is an expression of the innocence and creative primitivism of his character.

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December 17 2016 By dvirtue HUMAN PRIDE AND DIVINE HUMILITY

Look where the story of humanity began. In Paradise. Could anything be more ideal? Look at the wasted, war-torn world we now inhabit. Most of our history is sheer misery. It is painful to read the saga of our species. Most of our fellow humans have existed in misery. What an exchange we have foolishly made.

Augustine speaks poetically of our original environment. A boundless estate of fruitful groves! We have worn our world down to vast, empty deserts and ugly wastelands.

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, December 04 2016 By dvirtue Adoption: The Antidote to Universalistic Assumption

Universalism is virtually the creed of our day. It is simply assumed. There is no room for Biblical particularism of any kind. The Fatherhood and the saving love of God are deemed to be general and undiscriminating. Irrespective of moral judgment or religious persuasion all souls are reckoned to be acceptable to God just as they are. Belief and behavior are immaterial.

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November 24 2016 By dvirtue Evidence of resurrection and Cryogenics

'143' was understandably frightened and horrified by the prospect of death. She wrote to the judge: "I think being cryo-preserved gives me a chance to be cured and woken up in hundreds of years time.... I want to have this chance."

We don't know how she stumbled on this project, but the science is more than ropey. RationalWiki calls it 'pseudo-science'.

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November 13 2016 By dvirtue Does the Bible Advocate Genocide?

Joshua 3:10: This is how you will know that the living God is among you and that he will certainly drive out before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites and Jebusites.

In Joshua 24:11 we find the same names in a different order: Then you crossed the Jordan and came to Jericho. The citizens of Jericho fought against you, as did also the Amorites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hittites, Girgashites, Hivites and Jebusites, but I gave them into your hands.

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November 12 2016 By dvirtue The Power and Providence of God: Genesis 45: 1 - 15 & Acts 27 : 13 -- 22

The providence of God is material. His will is wrought through the features and forces of creation: the physical and phenomenal realities of nature.

The dominion of the Lord is total. God is indisputably in command.

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November 08 2016 By dvirtue The Bible is the bedrock of civilized society

Children raised by parents "in the discipline and instruction of the Lord" (Ephesians 6:4) for generations grew up to influence all walks of life, including as business leaders, decision-makers, lawmakers, police and judges, and in the arts and sciences.

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November 02 2016 By dvirtue Will Beauty Save the World?

I want us to consider two biblical texts in response to this question. First Isaiah 53:1-10.

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October 30 2016 By dvirtue Science as Liturgy

"Science" as commonly understood in the 21st century is a specialized kind of "knowledge" gained via methods or practices designed to arrive at such knowledge, oriented towards the world as object, or "objective." Yet "science" is not the only way to know all that we know. There are different kinds of knowledge and "explanation." As all of the great scientists have known, the scientific method is limited in scope, as well as the scientific knowledge it enables.

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