Day: May 7, 2008

Religious trends in Britain

The Church of England moved to discredit the research last night, criticising its methodology and saying the results were “flawed and dangerously misleading”. A C of E spokesman said: “These sorts of statistics, based on dubious presumptions, do no one of any faith any favours. Faith communities are not in competition and simplistic research like this is misleading and unhelpful.”

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Lord Eames speaks on reconciliation

Over the course of three days ending today, Lord Robin Eames, former Archbishop of Ireland, spoke at the Diocese of Virginia clergy conference on the subject of reconciliation. In his introduction, Bishop Peter Lee, recounted Lord Eames’ contributions for the church including the Eames Report (on women’s ordination), the Virginia Report, and the Windsor Report, and in the negotiations of peace in Northern Ireland.

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Focus on Os Guinness, drafter of the Evangelical Manifesto

When you have Evangelical leaders who make predictions in the name of God, which by biblical standards are openly false prophecy, something is badly wrong. When scholars and writers can look at the Evangelical political movement and describe them as “theocrats” or worse, as “fascists,” something is badly wrong.

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Where in the world is Robinson Cavalcanti?

The faithful Episcopalians of St. Stephen’s, Oak Harbor, Washington, have been barred from using their facilities by the wandering Bishop Robinson Cavalcanti. Knowing that this Bishop will one day be held accountable for his actions, they have launched an effort to document sightings of Cavalcanti.

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Who supports the Evangelical Manifesto?

An Evangelical Manifesto addresses not only Evangelicals and other Christians but other American citizens and people of all other faiths in America, including those who say they have no faith. It therefore stands as an example of how different faith communities may address each other in public life, without any compromise of their own faith but with a clear commitment to the common good of the societies in which we all live together.

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Between relativism and fundamentalism

“Relativism and fundamentalism seem, at first sight, to be direct opposites. Rather, I think, they are two sides of the same coin. Both are rooted in the same distinctly modern phenomenon. Modernization progressively undermines the closed communities in which human beings lived through most of history, communities in which there was a very high degree of consensus about the basic cognitive and normative definitions of reality.” – Peter Berger

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587 BC, and why it matters

The great stories of the ancestral patriarchs and matriarchs were collected and woven together. The records of the early years of the kingdom of Israel and its split into Israel and Judah were updated and reworked. The words of the prophets were gathered and formed into stable collections. The songs of the Temple were collected even if there was no place left to sing them

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The basis of our praying

For the sake of love let us all pray together with God’s working—thanking, trusting,rejoicing,for thus would our good Lord be prayed to (as is the understanding that I received in all His own meaning, and in the sweet words where He says most merrily, “I am the basis of thy praying”).

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