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Tuesday
Nov142017

Crucial for Christian Living: Grasping the Distinction between Justification & Sanctification

Martin Luther, Thomas Cranmer and Richard Hooker all strongly influenced the doctrine of the Anglican Church, although Cranmer and Hooker added some unique Anglican points regarding justification and sanctification. (Public Domain)

By David Smith

THIS YEAR, churches that are heirs to the Reformation are celebrating the 500th anniversary of that great movement within the Church. As we remember the Reformation, it is good for Anglicans to remind ourselves of what it was that the reformers taught and why we ought to be thankful for their teaching.

A key point in the Reformation was

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Tuesday
Nov142017

Travelling Through the Reformation 

Rick Steves with a 400-year-old Luther Bible. (Photo: RickSteves.com)

Reviewed by Sue Careless

A GREAT PLACE TO BEGIN, if you are looking for a quick overview of the Reformation, is with Rick Steves’ program Luther and the Reformation. The amiable Steves is best known for his entertaining European travelogues but there is some sound research and careful writing behind this 55-minute video, which can be accessed freely on YouTube.

The program takes into account not only the theology but also

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Tuesday
Nov142017

Left Behind: John Calvin & the Six Solas of the Reformation

Portrait of Calvin attributed to Hans Holbein the Younger. (Public Domain)

By Jon Vickery

FIVE HUNDRED YEARS after Martin Luther nailed his ninety-five theses to the Castle Church in Wittenberg on October 31, 1517, many Protestants are setting aside their accustomed distaste for liturgical feast days, and are celebrating the galaxy of sixteenth-century reformer-saints with gusto. Some will limit their celebrations to beer and sausage, peppered with a few anecdotes of Luther’s admirable earthiness. But others will want to savour the Reformation

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Tuesday
Nov142017

Fidei Defensor? 

(Photo: Sue Careless)


I DON’T WANT TO pile on to the recent dust-up concerning our newly-appointed Governor General’s rather patronising comments in which she lumps together all people of belief, be it in a creator God or horoscopes or the curative power of ‘sugar pills.’ In case it was unclear

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Monday
Oct022017

UofT Debate: Is God a Figment of Our Imagination? 

Alister McGrath (top) and Michael Shermer (below). Photos: Dhoui Chang/Wycliffe

By SUE CARELESS

ALMOST A THOUSAND people, 45 percent of them students, assembled in Convocation Hall at the University of Toronto Sept. 15th to hear a debate on the topic: “Is God a figment of our imagination?” 

Alister McGrath, the atheist who became a theist, and Michael Shermer, the theist who became an atheist, spoke for two hours in what proved to be

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