The Real Divisions in the Church of England

Yesterday I posted an explanation of the complex relationships within the Church of England. I explained here about Anglo Catholic, Evangelicals and Liberals. However, this is not the full story. As usual, there is a story behind the story. The divisions between Liberal, Anglo-Catholic and Evangelical are, in many respects, only superficial and historical. The [Read More…]

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Sin or Sanctity?

Sin is monotonous. Sanctity is totally original. Underneath this observation lurks a deeper truth–that sin is boring. We believe in original sin, but there is nothing original about sin. This is because evil is derivative. Satan cannot create anything, all he can do is twist or destroy or distort what is good. Take any sin [Read More…]

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Hypocritical Hypercritical Critics

Remember the old joke about the man who says to the priest, “I never go to your church Father. The place is full of hypocrites!” Priest answers, “Well come along anyway. We can always make room for one more.” In today’s gospel Jesus heals a woman on the Sabbath and the Pharisees pick him up [Read More…]

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On Morality and Martyrdom

A debate has been cooking amongst various bloggers who are atheists about whether there is such a thing as objective morality. I was interested in the observations that animals behave in a ‘moral’ way–elephants grieve their dead herd members, dogs stand loyally beside the grave of their dead master, monkeys share and gorillas are tender [Read More…]

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Leap of Faith: The Substance and the Evidence

As a fundamentalist boy I had to learn my Bible verses from the King James Bible. One I remember clearly is Hebrews 11.1 “For faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.” For some reason I always loved the way that rolled off the tongue. It had a [Read More…]

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Paganism and Christianity

Do similarities between pagan religions and Christianity dis prove the Christian claims? To understand the relationship between pagan religions and Christianity it is important to understand the Catholic idea of the ‘development of doctrine.’ This was first set out by fifth century theologian Vincent of Lerins.In this excerpt from his writings he explains how truth develops [Read More…]

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