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Living in Two Worlds

This is my homily for Transfiguration Day (Sunday 6 August 2017). I don’t often fly this flag in church, but I’m a huge science-fiction geek. My generation, growing up, had access to a veritable renaissance of science-fiction television shows… 4 … Continue reading

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What is the Church? – summarizing Articles 19-24

The 19th through 24th Articles, for the most part, set out the basics of the Anglican doctrine of the Church: what it is, what its authorities are, and how it worships and functions.  In many (especially Protestant) churches today, there … Continue reading

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Article 21: Ecumenical Councils

This is part of my commentary series on The 39 Articles of Religion.  Article 21 states: XXI. Of the Authority of General Councils General Councils may not be gathered together without the commandment and will of Princes. And when they … Continue reading

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Article 20: Church Authority

This is part of my commentary series on The 39 Articles of Religion.  Article 20 states: XX. Of the Authority of the Church The Church hath power to decree Rites or Ceremonies, and authority in Controversies of Faith: And yet … Continue reading

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Article 19: the Church

This is part of my commentary series on The 39 Articles of Religion.  Article 19 says: XIX. Of the Church The visible Church of Christ is a congregation of faithful men, in the which the pure Word of God is … Continue reading

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How do we know God?

Summarizing Articles 6-8 Like the first five Articles, these three set Anglican tradition squarely in line with historic Christian teaching.  The appeal to the Creeds and Scriptures as the normative grounds for Christian belief is of catholic (or universal) appeal … Continue reading

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Faith and Faulty Science

Saint Augustine of Hippo wrote one of the earliest “personal testimony” autobiographies that we still have today among our Christian literature.  In roughly 300 pages, he walks through his life from infancy to his present day, detailing the state of … Continue reading

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