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Apologies to anyone who noticed this weekly feature was omitted last Saturday when I was on holiday. The most significant article it would have contained was the Guardian Face to Faith written by Marilyn McCord Adams that carried this strap Liberal Anglicans should not sacrifice their beliefs in order to hold on to church unity at all costs.

During the week Madeleine Bunting wrote a Guardian column Why the intelligent design lobby thanks God for Richard Dawkins. Today, the Face to Faith column is written by Colin Sedgwick and is about why Trying to be hilarious by being hurtful to other people or by being crude is really no laughing matter.

Over at The Times Jonathan Romain wonders how Moses would have coped with the duplicity of the internet age in Electronic false prophets tell lies in His name. Geoffrey Rowell writes that Christian Communion celebrates love in the midst of Man’s betrayal.

Christopher Howse writes in the Telegraph about An elephant in the Tower.

The BBC Sunday radio programme had a splendid 5 minute piece by Diarmaid MacCulloch on the 450th anniversary of the death of Thomas Cranmer. Listen here (Real audio).

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The Revd Professor appears to be making the case for liberal purity in the CofE !

But “equality=sameness” and “do what you want as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone” are recent humanist inventions; they are not built on Christian foundations, and the CofE is supposed to be a Christian church….

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I thought McCord Adams’ article was excellent. It really is about time that liberals stopped being in the least apologetic and defended the very necessary revisions needed given the inadequacy and limitations of many ‘traditional’ or conservative positions.

After all, there are plenty of other denominations willing to defend conservative orthodoxy. We should be prepared to say exactly what we think or it and why.

Göran Koch-Swahne
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I am becoming more and more intrigued by this reasserting business, reasserting the same talking points year in and year out, without ever appearing to listen or taking any notice of what others might have to say or contribute.

How is it that modern “recent humanist inventions” are not built on Christian foundations?

How can they not be built on 2000 years of Christian Tradition and the Gospel of God’s Righteousness in Christ?

Cheryl Clough
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McCord’s article was excellent. I also agree with the comments about Richard Dawkins and those of his camp being some of ID’s best tools. I’ve read “River out of Eden” and at one level it is scientifically valid – it also leads on to feeling as depressed as if one had just read a nihilistic Camus novel. One debate strategy I’m seeing develop (and it’s probably been there all along and I was just too slow to see it) is the if you say “X” that means you think “Y & Z”. That is, there are people with sloppy thinking… Read more »

J. C. Fisher
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“Liberal beliefs – that conservative positions on gender and sexuality evidence the grip of oppressive taboos – are also conscientious. Sacrificing such beliefs in order to hang on to already impaired communion with those who will remain only if you do what they tell you sends the message that dividing the church is more sinful than misogyny and homophobia, and more important than first-class ecclesial citizenship for women and for homosexual Christians. Conservatives thereby win a double victory: not only do they co-opt the church’s institutional structures; they confirm the widespread suspicion that liberals do not have enough backbone to… Read more »

Cheryl Clough
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While waiting for evening service to start I happened to open the hard cover service booklet to the articles of the communion and article XX caught my attention. For those who haven’t read them recently here is a useful link: http://anglicansonline.org/basics/thirty-nine_articles.html What particularly interested me was article XX is on the the Authority of the Church and concludes with : “Wherefore, although the Church be a witness and a keeper of Holy Writ, yet, as it ought not to decree any thing against the same, so besides the same ought it not to enforce any thing to be believed for… Read more »

Alan Harrison
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Alan Harrison

Cheryl Clough asserts: “So according to the original articles the church should NOT ENFORCE ANY THING to be believed for the necessity of Salvation.” Errr, no, not quite. Read the sentence you cited, Cheryl: “Wherefore, although the Church be a witness and a keeper of Holy Writ, yet, as it ought not to decree any thing against the same, so besides the same ought it not to enforce any thing to be believed for necessity of Salvation.” Note those three words “beside the same”. “The same” is Holy Writ, and the article is simply saying that nothing can be enforced… Read more »