In what sense was Jesus’ resurrection ‘bodily’?

Jan 20, 2019 by

by Ian Paul, Psephizo: There was some brouhaha last week when it was announced that Dr John Shepherd, retired Dean of St. George’s Cathedral, Perth, Western Australia, was appointed interim director of the Anglican Centre in Rome. The role includes being the Envoy of the Archbishop of Canterbury to the See of Rome, but it was pointed out that Dr Shepherd is on record as urging Christians to move beyond belief in the bodily resurrection of Jesus, in order to see it as a spiritual reality. The...

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Believing in the body

Jan 16, 2019 by

by Martin Davie: It was revealed last week that the new interim head of the Anglican Centre in Roman, John Shepherd, appears not to believe that Jesus rose bodily from the dead. In an Easter message from 2008 unearthed by the conservative Anglican commentator David Ould, Dr Shepherd, who was then the Dean of Perth Cathedral in Western Australia, declares: ‘The Resurrection of Jesus ought not to be seen in physical terms, but as a new spiritual reality. It is important for Christians to be set...

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God the Father: Three biblical reflections

Dec 9, 2018 by

By Stephen Noll, Contending Anglican. Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, recently issued a press reportabout how he experiences God as father: The Most Revd Justin Welby said that calling God “father” for him means that “here is one that is perfect, that loves me unconditionally, that reaches out to me and knows me better than I know myself and yet still loves me profoundly.” But the Archbishop also said that God is not a father in the same way that a human would be – and that...

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Sentamu: ‘pure’ (‘real’/’hard’) Brexit is a childish dream

Dec 5, 2018 by

By Archbishop Cranmer. […] Dr Sentamu is perfectly free to make his case for the Prime Minister’s transition deal, and to believe sincerely that it is the wisest and most beneficial course of action – or ‘compromise’ – for national unity and the common good. But quite why he should feel the need to insult the intelligence and maturity of those who have qualms about the constitutional position, or who might prefer a ‘hard’ or ‘real’ or ‘pure’ Brexit for other reasons, is a mystery. After...

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Do we ‘encounter Christ in those on the margins’?

Nov 28, 2018 by

by Ian Paul, Psephizo: Last week, I enjoyed the rare chance to have some decent theological discussion on Twitter (of all social media platforms) which was sparked by a Tweet from the Archbishop of Canterbury arising from an event with Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin’s in the Fields. Here is my response in case you want to follow the whole thread: […] In amongst the discussion, some responded by applauding what they saw as the ‘universalistic’ stance of the original statement: Good...

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Brits’ Top Response to Theology Questions? ‘Don’t Know’

Nov 27, 2018 by

by Griffin Paul Jackson, Christianity Today: Uncertainty and heresy are common in the UK, but evangelicals stand out for fidelity to orthodoxy. A third of people in the United Kingdom say they don’t know whether the Resurrection actually occurred, whether God counts a person righteous based on faith alone, or whether trust in Jesus alone leads to salvation. In Ligonier Ministries’ first-ever State of Theology survey conducted in the UK, “I don’t know” was the top response to numerous questions...

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