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  • Massive Collapse in Number of Anglicans in Britain, New Survey Shows

    09/04/2017 7:08:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 9/4/17 | Ruth Gledhill
    The number of Anglicans in Britain has collapsed by 50 per cent in under two decades, according to figures released today. The latest British Social Attitudes survey’s data on religion show that the number of people in Britain who describe themselves as having no religion at all is also at its highest ever level. More than half, 53 per cent, of the British public now describe themselves as having ‘no religion’. This is up from 48 per cent in 2015. Figures released earlier from the same survey showed that that religious people are becoming more socially liberal on issues like...
  • Why prisoners turn to God

    09/03/2017 5:05:36 PM PDT · by iowamark · 10 replies
    UK Catholic Herald ^ | 31 Aug 2017 | Theodore Dalrymple
    Religion offers the fresh start many are looking for. For the first time, according to a recent report, Catholics outnumber Anglicans in British prisons. Whereas half of prisoners were Anglicans in 1993, only 17 per cent now are. There were 270 more Catholic prisoners in British prisons than Anglicans a couple of months ago, and nearly as many Muslims, the figures being 14,961, 14,691, and 13,100 respectively. There were 26,443 prisoners who claimed to be of no religion. This latter figure explains in part the fall in the number of Anglicans: it used to be that if a prisoner said...
  • Half of Protestants Agree With Catholics That Good Deeds and Faith Are Needed for Salvation: Pew

    09/02/2017 7:03:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 180 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/01/2017 | Stoyan Zaimov
    About half of Protestants in the U.S. now agree with the "historically Catholic belief" that both faith and good deeds are needed for salvation, rather than faith alone, a Pew Research Center survey shows.White Evangelicals stood out as the strongest believers in faith alone, however.Pew, which released the survey to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, explored different questions, though one of the main focuses was on the requirements for salvation.Fifty-two percent of U.S. Protestants said both good deeds and faith in God are needed to get into heaven; 46 percent said faith alone (sola fide) is needed. Among Catholics,...
  • US Episcopal Prayer Book Marriage Rite Could be Made Gender-Neutral in 2018

    08/25/2017 8:31:08 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Church Times ^ | 8/25/17 | Madeleine Davies
    A PROPOSAL to amend the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) of the Episcopal Church in the United States to change the marriage rite and catechism may be brought to the General Convention next year. Although alternative “gender-neutral” rites are available on a trial basis, after a decision by the 2015 General Convention, the US Prayer Book catechism continues to state that marriage is between a man and a woman. Members of the Task Force on the Study of Marriage which was commissioned by the 2015 Convention to study “the impact of same-sex marriage and rites of blessing on our Church”...
  • Trudeau: Abortion Should Be a ‘Human Right’ in Ireland

    08/21/2017 7:21:32 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 8/21/17 | Staff Reporter
    The Canadian PM urged his Irish counterpart to support 'reproductive rights'Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has told his Irish counterpart that abortion in Ireland should be a “human right”. At a three-day meeting between Mr Trudeau and Leo Varadkar, the Irish taoiseach, the two leaders spoke about Mr Varadkar’s plan to hold a referendum next year to repeal the Eighth Amendment to the Irish constitution, which protects the right to life of the unborn child. “We discussed the issue of abortion, which I know is an important issue for a lot of campaigners for women’s rights in Canada,” the taoiseach...
  • Pope Encourages Methodists and Waldensians to Walk Path to Full Christian Unity

    08/21/2017 7:27:38 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 8/21/17
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has urged Methodist and Waldensian Churches to continue to walk together with the Catholic Church on the path towards full Christian unity pointing out that in a world lacerated by violence and fear it is all the more important to live and to convey the Christian message of welcome and fraternity. The Pope’s words of friendship and closeness came in a message on Monday to the annual Synod of the Italian Methodist and Waldensian Churches taking place in Torre Pellice - near Turin - from 20 to 25 August. Recalling recent encounters between the Churches and...
  • Progressive Christians Tend to Put Politics Over Theology

    08/13/2017 5:24:51 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 31 replies
    The Stream ^ | 8-13-17 | George Yancey
    I recently blogged about research I’ve done on how progressive Christians view conservative Christians, atheists and Muslims (on the religious side), and liberals and conservatives (on the political side). I defined the difference between the two groups of Christians very simply: Do they accept the Bible as the Word of God? What I found was interesting (though not surprising). Progressive Christians tend to put politics over theology. That’s not to say there are no conservative Christians who do the same. Nor does it mean that all progressive Christians view politics so highly. What it does mean is that progressive Christians...
  • First on CNN: The email Hillary Clinton's pastor sent her the day after the election

    08/10/2017 11:27:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | August 10, 2017 | Daniel Burke, Religion Editor
    This is the email Hillary Clinton's pastor, the Rev. Bill Shillady, sent her on the morning of November 9, 2016, the day after she lost the presidential election to Donald Trump. For more on how religion helped lead Clinton "out of the woods," read our interview with Shillady. Sunday is Coming November 9, 2016 It is Friday, but Sunday is coming. This is not the devotional I had hoped to write. This is not the devotional you wish to receive this day. While Good Friday may be the starkest representation of a Friday that we have, life is filled with...
  • Evangelical Bishop Warns Split May be Necessary as he Spearheads Resistance to Liberalising C of E

    08/10/2017 9:48:44 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 8/9/17 | Harry Farley
    A senior evangelical bishop in the Church of England is spearheading resistance to a perceived drift in teaching on sexuality, hinting that some form of schism may be necessary. Julian Henderson, the Bishop of Blackburn and president of the Church of England Evangelical Council (CEEC), told evangelical leaders across the CofE that 'behind the scenes' initiatives were under way to bolster traditionalist teaching and support in the Church. But he went on to warn that some form of split or church-within-a-church may be necessary if the apparent liberalising trajectory continues. 'We are being realistic and thinking through what "visible differentiation"...
  • Pro-Abortion Hillary Clinton Considering Becoming a Methodist Pastor

    08/09/2017 4:29:18 PM PDT · by Morgana · 36 replies
    Life News ^ | August 9, 2017 | Steven Ertelt
    So what do you do if you are an abortion advocate who lost two presidential elections in a row? For Hillary Clinton it is considering becoming a Methodist pastor. The news that Clinton would consider becoming a pastor in the United Methodist Church is not surprising given that the Methodist Church supported abortion for years until recently and still has a large contingent of pastors and other church leaders who strongly support abortion. Here’s more: According to The Atlantic, Clinton told her longtime pastor Bill Shillady, at a recent photo shoot for his new book, that she wants to preach...
  • United Methodist Minister Publishing Hillary Clinton Bible Devotional Book

    08/09/2017 12:35:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/09/2017 | Michael Gryboski
    A United Methodist minister is publishing a book of daily Bible devotionals inspired by the verses regularly sent to Hillary Rodham Clinton when she was running for president. The Rev. Bill Shillady, executive director of the New York-based United Methodist City Society, will be releasing the book on Aug. 15. Titled Strong for a Moment Like This: The Daily Devotions of Hillary Rodham Clinton, the book will include 365 of the over 600 devotions as well as a forward by Clinton herself. "Over the course of those 20 months, Shillady — a pastoral friend of Clinton's — and a small...
  • Britain’s First Anglican Same-Sex Marriage Celebrated in a Scottish Church

    08/05/2017 6:45:12 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 8/4/17 | Catherine Pepinster
    LONDON (RNS) — The first gay marriage in an Anglican church in Britain took place this week, a day after Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby described the continuing squabbles over same-sex marriage in the worldwide Anglican Communion as “intractable.” The gay couple, known as “Mark and Rick,” had their order of service posted on Facebook, which told people that they were married on Tuesday (Aug. 1) at a service that included the Eucharist at St. John’s Episcopal Church in the center of Edinburgh. The Rev. Markus Dünzkofer, rector of St. John’s, a church of the Scottish Episcopal Church, which is...
  • Why no Christian should attend a "gay wedding"

    07/31/2017 7:06:58 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 161 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 7-31-17 | Lifesitenews.com
    July 31, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — This article is intended for anyone contemplating buckling under to the pressure of the radical homosexual agenda by either participating as a vendor (e.g. wedding cake baker, florist, photographer) or as an attendee at a same-sex "marriage" ceremony. From the vantage point of Holy Scripture, this is a no brainer. Multiple books in both the Old and New Testaments condemn homosexual behavior as gravely sinful. Even more to the point, the Bible is very clear that true marriage is a sacred union between one man and one woman. This begins with Genesis in which man...
  • Lutheran Leader Calls on Theologians to Remove Obstacles to Unity with Catholics

    07/26/2017 7:41:17 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    The head of the Lutheran World Federation has called on theologians to remove the obstacles that hinder unity with the Catholic Church. Rev. Dr. Martin Junge made his remarks in a letter commemorating the 50th anniversary of official Lutheran dialogue with the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. “Our task as theologians and as pastors should never be to provide explanations as to why unity is not yet possible; our task shall be to creatively and courageously remove the obstacles that still prevent us from the enjoyment of God’s gift of unity,” wrote Junge. He added, “Decades of ecumenical dialogue,...
  • The lesson of Anglicanism: liberalism will tear you apart

    07/26/2017 3:59:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | July 26, 2017 | Fr Ed Tomlinson
    Highly political synods shattered Anglicanism's fragile unity. Catholics should take noteA former Anglican Chaplain to the Queen, the Revd Gavin Ashenden, is spearheading a revolt in the Church of England Synod over the thorny issue of homosexuality. Anglicans are talking openly about schism. Catholics the world over should be watching very carefully.Anglicanism’s real problem has always been a theological schizophrenia – the result, perhaps, of it having formed to appease a lusty monarch rather than to preach a creed with clarity. Ask a hundred Anglicans what Anglicanism actually is and expect a hundred answers. The Church of England isn’t, really, one Church...
  • Conservative Anglicans Are Close to Despair. Is the C of E About to Split?

    07/21/2017 6:38:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 7/20/17 | Andrew Sabisky
    As an Anglican, I used to think theological liberalism was on the wane. Not any moreAnyone with a lick of sense can see that the Church of England is in serious trouble. Congregational decline, child abuse scandals, and financially desperate cathedrals are just the most obvious symptoms of a very broad disease. As an Anglican, I have been confident that the Church would manage to turn things around in a few decades. After the most recent meeting of General Synod, however, I am no longer so confident. On the face it, the Synod’s changes were all fairly minor. For all...
  • Apostate Church of England has mutated into a Gnostic "Sex" Sect

    07/20/2017 8:20:23 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 19 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 7-20-17 | Jules Gomes
    A queer thing happened to the Church of England. In the 500th year of the Reformation it crossed the thin red line from apostolic to apostate. Future seminary students will be grateful for this mnemonic device when mugging up important dates for a Church History exam. Easy peasy! How can one forget? In 1517, the Reformers decided to yank a recalcitrant Church of Rome back to the Bible. In 2017, the Reformers booed the Bible and booted it out of the Church of England. The flashpoint for the Reformation of 1517 was indulgences. The flashpoint for the Reformation of 2017...
  • The Church of England’s Nietzschean Proposal

    07/18/2017 7:59:29 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    First Things ^ | 7/17/17 | Carl R. Trueman
    In a world of change and flux, it is reassuring to know that some things remain the same. Take, for example, the motion passed by the Church of England General Synod, calling for a liturgy to help transgender people celebrate their transitions. This motion is consistent with liberal Protestantism’s age-old calling, that of baptizing the moral norms du jour of the respectable chattering classes, presumably in hopes of enhancing the appeal of religion to its cultured despisers. Transgenderism was bound for liturgical acceptance. By now, experience should have taught even the moderately self-aware that, where religion is concerned, cultural relevance...
  • The Church of Modern Lunacy

    07/14/2017 10:44:56 AM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    Z Blog ^ | 07-13-2017 | Zman
    I have a passing interest in the Church of England and its American variation, the Episcopal Church. An old friend is in the church so I get some first hand descriptions of what it is like to be in a dying institution. That’s the only way to describe the Episcopal Church. Attendance declines every year as old members die off and new members never materialize. Go into an Episcopal service and you can’t help but notice that most everyone is a senior. The actuarial tables are the church’s greatest enemy.Of course, church attendance has always skewed a little older. Young...
  • Further thoughts on Luther, the Reformation—and G. K. Chesterton

    07/14/2017 10:07:29 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 225 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | July 13, 2017 | Dale Ahlquist
    @import url("chrome://global/skin/aboutReaderControls.css"); catholicworldreport.com Further thoughts on Luther, the Reformation—and G. K. Chesterton – Catholic World Report 6-8 minutes @import url("chrome://global/skin/aboutReaderContent.css"); Left: Martin Luther in 1532 portrait; right: G.K. Chesterton in his study, date unknown (Wikipedia) So, I took some heat from my previous article on the Reformation—“The Bible, the Reformation, and G.K. Chesterton”—because I implied that the Reformation was started by Protestants. Apparently I did not spend enough time attacking the Catholic Church, which, as everyone knows, was responsible for the creation of Martin Luther and company.But since we are still in the midst of our year long observance...