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September 29 2016 By dvirtue Radicalism: When Reform Becomes Revolution

Second, the feisty theologian launched a devastating assault on the Anabaptist and Puritan strains of the Reformation, and made a powerful argument for tradition and sobriety in an age of radicalism and turmoil.

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September 26 2016 By dvirtue Trump offers Fascist Salvation, says Anglo-Catholic Psychologist

Regarding foreign policy, he demonstrates breathtaking, unapologetic ignorance and naivete. Recall that on national television he told an astonished George Stephanopoulos that Putin was not in Ukraine. In an interview he told foreign policy reporters that he would unite the Turks and the Kurds by hosting "meetings." He seems bent on alienating key allies.

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September 23 2016 By dvirtue Founded by a Zionist, now Marxist Methodists savage Israel

Why this potted biography? Because I want you to know that my philosemitism does not stem from American dispensationalism or any such weird and obscure theological tribalism. Renowned conductor Zubin Mehta has had a life-long love affair with Israel. He is Music Director for Life of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Mehta is an Indian Zoroastrian, not an American Dispensationalist.

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September 17 2016 By dvirtue Mormons and Christians: So Close, Yet So Far Away

Now the Internet buzzes with new debate over (president emeritus of Fuller Seminary) Richard Mouw's pronouncement at First Things that Mormons are moving closer to historic Christian orthodoxy. LDS leaders, he proposes, are downplaying the Mormon teaching that God was once a man. A participant in Mormon-evangelical dialogue responded that, on the contrary, this teaching remains on the LDS Church website and LDS leaders are still teaching that God and humans are of the same species.

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September 08 2016 By dvirtue A "Psychological Autopsy" of a Malignant Narcissist in Church Leadership: A "Composite" Scenario with Discussion - Part 3

First, normal people in a group that has legitimate concerns will find that a charismatic, confident leader can articulate their concerns and possesses the ability to make the world more as they would like it to be. The "normals" are the first to go. Possessing an adult sense of appropriateness they disillusion quickly as they see their values subverted by the leader's self-serving behavior. If they are important enough, they will be vilified for leaving.

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August 30 2016 By dvirtue A "Psychological Autopsy" of a Malignant Narcissist in Church Leadership: A "Composite" Scenario with Discussion

By tradition Faith Cathedral was led by a Bishop. Thus, when Augustini came into leadership there, the Archbishop of London flew to the US specifically to ordain Monsignor Augustini a Bishop. To the chagrin of senior priests, Father Frederick Ladysmith-Jones played a prominent role in the ceremonies. During the celebratory dinner, he sat on the left of the Archbishop of London and drew more time and attention from the Archbishop than Augustini who sat on his right.

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August 27 2016 By dvirtue RHYMING THE REFORMATION

Dogma, so-called, is derided as dull and dry, and the indifference to history means that mistaken notions and attitudes are recycled through lack of critical discernment. Congregations are stunned by sensationalism, deceit, and error among the elite thinkers of Christian institutions and the prevalence of heresy (the striving for originality and the exaltation of private opinions and preferences over the consensus of sound godly conviction).

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August 24 2016 By dvirtue Is the Hebrew Bible elastic enough to make God transgender?

It's worth noting that the Reform movement of Judaism was developed as an attempt to bend Jewish practice and belief towards congruence with contemporary western life. In a culture that proudly proclaims Bruce Jenner Woman of the Year, perhaps it was only a matter of time before one of its leaders attempted to normalize the erasure of a boundary that has been fundamental to historic Judaism.

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August 22 2016 By dvirtue "Psychological Autopsy" of a Malignant Narcissist in Church Leadership: A "Composite" Scenario with Discussion

The recent preponderance of church scandals, crimes, cover-ups, and malfeasances necessitate a revisiting of the concept of malignant narcissism. While not listed in the DSM-5 (American Psychiatric Association, 2013), the construct offers utility in understanding the charismatic leader whose attractiveness is predicated on his apparent embodiment of the answer to the deep concerns of a beleaguered group.

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August 17 2016 By dvirtue Roman Catholics seek unity with Protestants 499 years after the Reformation

He also said, "Connected with this is Martin Luther's fundamental insight that God's self-revelation in Jesus Christ for the salvation of the people is proclaimed in the Gospel -- that Jesus Christ is the center of Scripture and the only mediator."

The role of Scripture and the perception that Catholics thought there were others who mediated between humans and God (than Jesus) were two of the major dividing lines between Protestants and Catholics for centuries.

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