Gresham Machen, defending the faith, and lessons for today

Nov 27, 2016 by

[Dr Rohintan Mody finds close parallels between fierce debates on the nature of the Christian faith in the early 20th century, and contemporary doctrinal controversies in the Anglican Church.] I have just finished reading an excellent book on the great American Christian scholar, Gresham Machen, by D. G. Hart, called Defending the Faith: J. Gresham Machen and the Crisis of Conservative Protestantism in Modern America. Machen was a conservative evangelical New Testament scholar in the early...

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Theology does matter

Nov 21, 2016 by

by Bishop Rod Thomas, Gafcon: Although recent attendance figures from the Church of England seem to indicate relentless decline, new research from a team of Canadian secular social scientists could offer hope if we recognise a truth that is all-too-often avoided. As George Orwell once observed, to see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle. Respected new research published this week from Wilfrid Laurier University claims to have discovered that the ‘secret ingredient’...

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Cathedral, university, media join forces to undermine biblical faith

Aug 30, 2016 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. “My son feels increasingly called to full-time ministry”, said a friend proudly a few years ago. “He’s only 18, but he’s made the decision to study theology, and he’s got a place at the University of Chester!” I kept quiet, unable to totally share the enthusiasm, as I’ve always felt that academic theology especially in a University setting can undermine and often destroy biblical faith rather than nurture it, especially the kind that is needed for a...

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No, God Isn’t Transgender

Aug 19, 2016 by

by Robert A J Gagnon, First Things: In what has to be a new low for the New York Times, the Gray Lady (or should we now say the Bearded Lady?) has published an op-ed piece titled “Is God Transgender?” by a New York rabbi named Mark Sameth. Cousin to a man who “transitioned to a woman” in the 1970s, Sameth contends that “the Hebrew Bible, when read in its original language, offers a highly elastic view of gender.” He marshals many purported examples of gender fluidity in the Hebrew scriptures,...

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Obsessed with sex?

Aug 11, 2016 by

by Peter J Leithart, First Things: Christians are often accused of being obsessed with sexual sin. Why can’t two people, of whatever sex, do whatever they please in the enclosure of their own room? Who is hurt if a guy wants to get off looking at tantalizing pictures and videos on his computer? What’s the big deal if college students hook up, unhook, and then hook up again with someone? Our jitteriness about sex exposes our prudery and hostility to life. It shows that Christians are all...

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Sexuality and Silence

Aug 7, 2016 by

by Andrew Wilson, Think Theology: I’ve heard rumours of a silent trend beginning to take hold in some city churches in the UK and the US. I don’t just mean a trend that takes hold silently; presumably most trends do that. I mean a trend towards silence: a decision not to speak out on issues that are considered too sticky, controversial, divisive, culturally loaded, entangled, ethically complex, personally upsetting, emotive, likely to be reported on by the Guardian or the New York Times,...

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