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Who has Peter’s keys?
September 2005
Cults and other religions

Who has Peter’s keys?

In his very first message on 20 April 2005, Pope Benedict XVI spoke of himself as 'Peter's current successor'. For most Catholics, the belief that the pope derives his authority from Peter is the main cornerstone of their faith.I never questioned this presupposition until the very end of my 22 years as a Catholic…

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Modern Christian mysticism
August 2005
Cults and other religions

Modern Christian mysticism

Last month we looked at the dramatic rise in popularity of mysticism among Christians - the 'rediscovery' of mediaeval 'disciplines' that allegedly bring us closer to God. But just what are these spiritual disciplines which are (we are told) essential to our spiritual development?According to Richard J. Foster, author of Celebration of discipline, the…

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Is the pope a Roman Catholic?
July 2005
Cults and other religions

Is the pope a Roman Catholic?

I hear you say, 'Don't be silly, of course he is! Everybody knows the pope's a Roman Catholic!' But do they? According to Rome's official teaching, it is actually impossible to know - but then, some issues are best locked away in the Vatican vaults safe from the prying eyes of ordinary Catholics.For example,…

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Modern Christian mysticism
July 2005
Cults and other religions

Modern Christian mysticism

Classical mysticism was virtually  unknown in evangelical circles until 1978, when Quaker minister Richard J. Foster published Celebration of discipline, the path to spiritual growth. Hailed by Christianity Today as one of the ten best books of the twentieth century, and voted by the readers of that magazine as the third most influential book…

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Who is the Vicar of Christ?
June 2005
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Who is the Vicar of Christ?

The election of Joseph Ratzinger as the new pope makes more relevant than ever the question, 'Who is the Vicar of Christ?' This article not only answers this question but also shows how serious it is to claim that a man can occupy an office that belongs distinctively to the Holy Spirit.The Shorter Oxford…

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Cracking the code
February 2005
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Cracking the code

A review of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code (London: Corgi Books, 2003)Some time ago I was attending a conference in Boston when I overheard a minister complain about the divisions in her congregation. In one corner were the Left Behind readers, she lamented - narrow-minded fundamentalists and rabid supporters of George Bush's foreign…

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The Da Vinci Code
February 2005
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The Da Vinci Code

Last month I reviewed Dan Brown's best-selling 'historical' novel, The Da Vinci Code, and showed that it is fiction with very little basis of fact. We now turn to Brown's alleged historical sources.Brown relies on the so-called Gnostic Gospels, none of which can be dated in the first century and none of which can…

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The Da Vinci Code – fact or fiction?
January 2005
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The Da Vinci Code – fact or fiction?

Dan Brown's 'historical' novel The Da Vinci Code was published in 2003 and has topped the best-seller lists ever since. A year after its publication, it had sold almost six million hardback copies. The movie is on the way, directed by Ron Howard.The book is a gripping murder mystery, with an extraordinary number of…

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The Immaculate Conception – drama, dogma and disaster
November 2004
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The Immaculate Conception – drama, dogma and disaster

The Roman Catholic world is preparing to commemorate the promulgation of 'The Immaculate Conception' of Mary 150 years ago. Much has taken place already to celebrate this event and the climax is expected on 8 December 2004.Worship of Mary, the mother of Jesus, is standard practice in the Church of Rome. A Catechism of…

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Archbishop Deya’s ‘miracle-babies’
November 2004
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Archbishop Deya’s ‘miracle-babies’

In August this year, journalist John Waite brought to public notice an alarming practice carried out in the name of Christ. It should be a major concern for all Christians, particularly those working with believers who know the pain of infertility.The practice is the supply of so-called ‘miracle-babies’ by Kenyan Archbishop Gilbert Deya, who…

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The Immaculate Conception – drama, dogma and disaster
November 2004
Cults and other religions

The Immaculate Conception – drama, dogma and disaster

The Roman Catholic world is preparing to commemorate the promulgation of 'The Immaculate Conception' of Mary 150 years ago. Much has taken place already to celebrate this event and the climax is expected on 8 December 2004.Worship of Mary, the mother of Jesus, is standard practice in the Church of Rome. A Catechism of…

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Eastern Orthodoxy
July 2004
Cults and other religions

Eastern Orthodoxy

.  Understanding the Incarnationby William J. BaldwinThe Orthodox misunderstand the purpose and nature of the Incarnation. The Incarnation does not repeal the second commandment - it establishes it. When Hebrews calls Christ 'the exact representation of [God's] nature' it does so in the context of the uniqueness of Christ. God has spoken to us…

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