Former Newark Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong is Dead

Sep 13, 2021 by

by David W Virtue, Virtueonline: He began his spiritual journey as an evangelical from the South; he died The Episcopal Church’s most notorious heretic. John Shelby Spong, 90, died in his sleep in North Carolina, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Morris Plains, New Jersey, announced. Among his more infamous statements was that “Christianity must change or die” turned out to be prophetically true. Under his leadership as the episcopal bishop of Newark from June 1976 until...

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Former archbishops split on assisted suicide, and there’s no Anglican via media

Sep 13, 2021 by

by Archbishop Cranmer: In the red corner is George, Lord Carey of Clifton, Archbishop of Canterbury 1991-2002. He favours the legalisation of assisted suicide (or assisted dying, if you prefer) because “there is nothing holy about agony“. In the blue corner is Rowan, Lord Williams of Oystermouth, Archbishop of Canterbury 2002-2012. He opposes assisted suicide (or assisted dying, if you prefer) because of “the unacceptably high price of a change in the law“. There is no good old CofE via media...

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Reports of sex abuse between children double in two years

Sep 13, 2021 by

from BBC Panorama: Reports of children sexually abusing other children doubled in the two years to 2019, according to police figures obtained by BBC Panorama. The programme has followed up on research from 2017, when police recorded almost 8,000 reports of abuse among under-18s in England and Wales. Yearly reports have risen to between 15,000 and 16,000, but cases fell in 2020-21 during the pandemic. In about 10% of reported cases the alleged abuser was aged 10 or under. And overall, a big...

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There Is No City of Man Without the City of God

Sep 13, 2021 by

by Casey Chalk, Public Discourse: Given modernity’s inability to realize Augustine’s thesis of the necessity of a common love, we have two options: we must either reject a universal socio-political vision as entirely unworkable, or the world—or at least the West—must learn again that a transcendent foundation and telos are essential to political order. In the second century, the Greek philosopher and anti-Christian Celsus warned: “If Christians refuse to perform the usual sacrifices and to...

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The genius and grace of G K Chesterton

Sep 12, 2021 by

by Peter Mullen, TCW: […] Gilbert Keith Chesterton had a mind that was almost too big for his huge body and he once said, ‘My height is six feet three inches, but my weight has never been accurately calculated.’ He was born in London where he attended St Paul’s School and studied art at the Slade. From the start he was a prolific essayist and journalist for magazines such as The Bookman, The Illustrated London News and The Speaker. From 1925 he published his own magazine, G.K.’s...

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Victory as first Christian preacher to be prosecuted under covid regs sees case thrown out

Sep 10, 2021 by

from Christian Concern: The first Christian preacher to fall foul of coronavirus laws during the first English lockdown, has had the case against him dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). The loss of religious freedom due to coronavirus regulations during the pandemic has been hotly contested, most notably in the successful judicial review of Scottish restrictions on public worship in March 2021. On 2 April 2020, Mike Overd, 56, who has been supported by the Christian Legal Centre,...

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