Archbishop Justin Welby at Jallianwala Bagh

Sep 12, 2019 by

by Vinay Samuel and Chris Sugden: The London Times has reported “that the Archbishop of Canterbury has expressed his “profound regret and shame” for the massacre of more than 400 unarmed Indian civilians by British Indian army troops a century ago. “Prostrating himself before a memorial to those shot in the Jallianwala Bagh walled garden in Amritsar, the Most Rev Justin Welby said that the shootings were a crime and a sin. “The action was ordered in 1919 by General Reginald Dyer in response to...

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THOUGHTS ON THE JERUSALEM DECLARATION 2: Proposing a Life-and-Death Amendment

Sep 12, 2019 by

by Stephen Noll, Contending Anglican: In my first essay on “Gafcon and the Church” I argued that the Jerusalem Declaration is establishing an ecclesial identity for the Gafcon movement in the Anglican Communion. The first seven clauses and the final clause lay the biblical and historical framework of the apostolic faith in the Anglican tradition: the Gospel, the Lordship of Jesus, the Bible, the Creeds and Councils, the Anglican Articles of Religion, worship according to the Book of Common...

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The First Sexual Revolution: The Triumph of Christian Morality in the Roman Empire

Sep 11, 2019 by

from The Gospel Coalition: Kyle Harper’s From Shame to Sin: The Christian Transformation of Sexual Morality in Late Antiquity (Harvard, 2013) is an impressively learned and important book. Still a youngish man (which means younger than me), Harper is already a professor of classics and letters and senior vice president and provost at the University of Oklahoma. As an expert in the history of the late Roman world, Harper explores in this volume how the Christian sexual ethic, so despised and...

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The Episcopal Church: The Collapse Is Here

Sep 11, 2019 by

Tom Ferguson, retired Episcopal seminary dean, tells it like it is with no sweet talking.  Since 2003, when Gene Robinson became TEC’s first partnered gay bishop, TEC’s ASA has dropped from 858,000 to 562,000 — a decline of 34%.  There are now more TEC parishes with an average attendance of less than 10 persons than there are congregations with attendance of 300 or more. The evidence is clear: “The collapse is upon us.”  Ferguson notes a recurrent trend:...

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Worship and evangelism in new ‘dark ages’ mission

Sep 10, 2019 by

by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. A recent piece in the Church of England Newspaper (23rd August, £) reflected on the church’s task in contemporary society. Worship, which is the attitude and activity of glorifying God by believers, should not be confused with evangelism, the explaining of the Christian message to unbelievers and invitation to repentance and faith so they can become part of the worshipping community. Rather, “When we worship, our [the Christian disciple’s] attention is on...

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Identity Politics & The Great Scattering

Sep 9, 2019 by

by Rod Dreher, The American Conservative: Mary Eberstadt just published a great new book, Primal Screams: How The Sexual Revolution Created Identity Politics. Her thesis is that the fragmentation and dissolution of the family as an institution created a primal craving for a sense of identity among young people. In this essay for Quillette, Eberstadt explains her diagnosis: […] Let’s try a new theory: Our macro-politics have become a mania about identity because our micropolitics are no...

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