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SubjectDate AskedExpert
moral law1/9/2017The Reverend Professor Noel Cox
  Q: I have a question on the faith: Christianity is famous for its teaching on good morality. Praise God ...
  A: It is true that some early Christians tried to separate themselves from the non-Christian population ...
Ember Days12/7/2016Rev Steve Parish
  Q: Can you explain the reason for Ember days? I know they are a few days in Advent, during Lent, near ...
  A: There are no firm records of their origin or intent, only of their existence by the fifth century. ...
Church doors10/11/2016Rev Steve Parish
  Q: I've read that red church doors can mean anything from the mortgage is paid off, to it signifies the ...
  A: If green signifies anything in England it's simply that green is a favoured colour for doors and ...
origin of breath7/1/2016The Reverend Professor Noel Cox
  Q: My question revolves around God breathing life into us, as stated in Genesis 2:7. My interest is ...
  A: God breathed His own breath of life into man. Man is more than “dust” or physical substance. Man has ...
Banns6/11/2016The Reverend Professor Noel Cox
  Q: Please explain banns reading. I grew up in the United States, but I see on my parents marriage ...
  A: Publication of banns is a preliminary step for a church wedding in the Church of England and some ...
Elect of God4/22/2016Rev Steve Parish
  Q: What is the church's view on the elect of God? Is it Augustinian, whereby God is in control or is ...
  A: In its "historic formularies" the Church of England does not see man in control, though no doubt ...
Monarch in exile3/11/2016The Reverend Professor Noel Cox
  Q: You say that "mere diplomatic protest is not sufficient. It must be followed by a reference to an ...
  A: This was actually a quote from S. K. Verma, An Introduction to Public International Law, 2004, p. ...
Can one belong to two Anglican churches3/11/2016Rev Steve Parish
  Q: Can one be a member of more than one Church in the Anglican Communion? Thanks.
  A: As you don't have to do much to be a "member" of a church in the Communion the question may be ...
youth program manual1/5/2016The Reverend Professor Noel Cox
  Q: i am a youth worker in the Anglican church of in Vanuatu south west pacific,my question is not ...
  A: I see what you are trying to do and wish you well. I like the structure. I would suggest that for ...
Baby Baptism8/23/2015Rev Steve Parish
  Q: I understand the Bible never mentioned baby baptism, however in my Church( Anglican Church, ...
  A: There is not much in the Bible about dedication of children. There was no need as all children in ...
Baptism7/29/2015Rev Steve Parish
  Q: i just want to ask something about the baptism. Somewhere in the gospels Jesus said that Peter will ...
  A: Other than the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19) with its Trinitarian formula, baptisms in other New ...
providence5/24/2015Rev Steve Parish
  Q: I dont think I understand sin and divine providence. Is it that God does not CAUSE people to sin but ...
  A: There is more to it than that but it needs a book - or at least some trawling the net. From John ...
Human sacrifice4/5/2015Rev Steve Parish
  Q: Was Jesus' death a human sacrifice based on Romans 3:25 and Romans 5:6-11? Did God allow one human ...
  A: "Human sacrifice" is not an expression found in the Bible. Examples of child sacrifice are condemned ...
Anglicans8/22/2014The Reverend Professor Noel Cox
  Q: How do Anglicans differ from Episcopalians? Thank you!
  A: Essentially they are the same. The term "Episcopalians" is used in the United States and Scotland, ...
personel8/8/2014Rev Steve Parish
  Q: If so if you remember when 4 of us did a walk to raise money for the bradford fire appeal. Im afraid ...
  A: Sorry to hear that Neil. My condolences and prayers for all his family. I remember it well, ...
Am an Anglican who's been left confused after getting involved with a Elim Pentecostal church.5/11/2014John White
  Q: I was brought up in The Church Of England and though my parents were never regular church goers I ...
  A: I am very sorry that you have experienced pain as a result of your membership in a church. ...
Gods Work3/6/2014Chris Larimer
  Q: Did Jesus Christ ever say he was doing Gods work?
  A: First, we should be very clear about what we're asking. Jesus is God; that is his being. So anything ...
Esoteric Christianity1/31/2014The Reverend Professor Noel Cox
  Q: Is there an esoteric strain in the Episcopal church? Is the Trinity considered esoteric since it is ...
  A: There is little or no esoteric thought or practice, at least as the term is usually understood. The ...
Gods nudging a1/25/2014The Reverend Professor Noel Cox
  Q: I was raised catholic and then at age 19 sought a closer relationship with God. I joined a church ...
  A: Raul, we can rarely be sure that God is indeed speaking to us, but on the other hand nor can we say ...
hell1/24/2014The Reverend Professor Noel Cox
  Q: What about to Jesus what did he do and where did he go between his death and resurrection?
  A: The Apostle Peter makes reference to Jesus going to preach to those “imprisoned spirits” in 1 Peter ...
C of E Heirachy1/5/2014Rev Steve Parish
  Q: I'm reading the Barchester series of novels by Trollope which are full of Bishops, Archdeacons, ...
  A: In that period the bishop would often be absent in London (hoping perhaps for "preferment" to a more ...
Gods love11/23/2013Chris Larimer
  Q: John 15:10 states "If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my ...
  A: I'm not sure where you derived the definition of AGAPE as "love given by God to sinners whether it ...
Faith11/11/2013The Reverend Professor Noel Cox
  Q: How do you find Faith whilst drowning in a sea of doubt and scepticism? How can one accept things ...
  A: Doubt and scepticism are always dangers to faith. However there need not be direct conflict between, ...
theolgians11/9/2013The Reverend Professor Noel Cox
  Q: What is the Anglican view of medieval theologians such as Thomas Aquinas and other scholastics? I ...
  A: Thomas Aquinas and other scholatics are still read. I don't think that it would be true to say that ...
creed9/14/2013Chris Larimer
  Q: Pax! What does the term "Anglican creed" refer to?
  A: There is no specifically Anglican creed. Anglicans subscribe to the three creeds shared by ...
forgiveness8/7/2013The Reverend Professor Noel Cox
  Q: I am at a complete loss of understanding as to what forgiveness is. Allow me to explain: When God ...
  A: You ask a difficult question. God's foregiveness is different to ours, and the message in the Hebrew ...
Christmas8/1/2013The Reverend Professor Noel Cox
  Q: I am a member of Anglican Church in the Province of Melanesia. I just have one question here. Can ...
  A: Christmas is not referred to in the Bible for the simple reason that the word means the mass of ...
The book of Daniel7/30/2013John White
  Q: White. I am a member of the Anglican Church in Melanesia. I heard from the seventh day Adventist ...
  A: Your Seventh Day Adventist friend is obviously committed to his faith. I was a college roommate ...
The book of Daniel7/29/2013The Reverend Professor Noel Cox
  Q: I am an Anglican member. I would like if you can give a little explanation to the book of Daniel. ...
  A: The traditional Christian value of the Book of Daniel lay in its reference to "one like a Son of ...
SABBATH7/25/2013Rev Steve Parish
  Q: I am an Anglican member and I have few questions here. I understand that the council of laodicea has ...
  A: Canon 29 of the Council at Laodicea says, "Christians must not judaize by resting on the Sabbath, ...
Old Testament6/22/2013Rev Steve Parish
  Q: I can celebrate the message of love and hope as expressed throughout the New Testament but find it ...
  A: There are several ways to "square" this. They do depend on not regarding the Old Testament as ...
morality6/21/2013The Reverend Professor Noel Cox
  Q: Is it true that we should care about morality only because we believe in an after life,ie. heaven or ...
  A: I would say that morality is equally important whether or not there is an afterlife. Moral, immoral ...
Forgiveness4/23/2013Rev Steve Parish
  Q: Father, I have two questions here? 1- Is GOD ever get tired to forgive us? I mean if i asked for ...
  A: God never gets tired, of anything. In Matthew 18:21/22 Jesus sets a standard for human forgiveness, ...
demons/humans4/17/2013Rev Steve Parish
  Q: can humans be demons in some way
  A: There is a prior question of what a "demon" is. Usage in Greek mythology may or may not influence ...
Half a wafer during communion3/4/2013The Reverend Professor Noel Cox
  Q: Is there any spiritual significance to receiving half a wafer during communion on a Sunday during ...
  A: This is slightly problematic. Lent is a penitential season, hence fasting or abstenince is commonly ...
Soul2/15/2013Rev Steve Parish
  Q: I would like to ask about the Soul in Genesis, where it says that God breathed into Adams nostrils ...
  A: There's no consistent understanding of distinctions in the Bible between soul, spirit and life. So ...
The word GOD2/14/2013The Reverend Professor Noel Cox
  Q: I understand that the trinity teaches that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Ghost) are tree ...
  A: The use of the word Yahweh or Jehovah for God is of course the Old Testament usage. Although the ...
Justin Welby2/4/2013Rev Steve Parish
  Q: Can you explain the difference of being confirmed and enthroned as Archbishop of Cantebury. For ...
  A: As I understand these arcane processes (nomination, election, confirmation) the legal necessities ...
an uneasy question1/28/2013The Reverend Professor Noel Cox
  Q: Why should I be alive and live here on earth? Should I just live in order just because I am here and ...
  A: Most of us question, from time to time, why we are on this earth, what the point of our existence ...
can a priest date1/23/2013John White
  Q: I am new to the church but have been called with such an intense force and truly have changed my ...
  A: In The Episcopal Church, it is a firm policy that a priest cannot date a parishioner in his/her ...

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The Reverend Professor Noel Cox

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I can answer questions on theology, Anglican ecclesiology, and ecclesiastical and canon law.

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I am a Professor of Law, and a barrister (advocate). I am a priest in the Diocese of St Davids, Wales. Formerly based in New Zealand, from 2010 I have been a Professor of Law (and until 2013 head of the law school) at Aberystwyth University, Wales. I am a Distinguished Academic Associate of the Centre for Law and Religion, Cardiff University.

Organizations
Association of Lambeth Degree Holders; Australasian Law Teachers Association; Commonwealth Lawyers Association; Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans; Legal Research Foundation; The Australian and New Zealand Law and History Society; The Burgon Society (Fellow); Credo Cymru - Forward in Faith Wales; The Foundation of the College of St George; The Friends of Canterbury Cathedral; The Friends of Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell; The Friends of St Davids Cathedral; The Royal Historical Society (Fellow); The Society of King Charles the Martyr; The Society of Legal Scholars; The Ecclesiastical Law Society; Honourable Society of the Inner Temple; Affirming Catholicism; The Mission Society of St Wilfrid and St Hilda; International Commission and Association on Nobility; Irish Peers’ Association; Centre for Law and Religion.

Publications
The law of the church in the twenty-first century: Essays on law and religion (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013); Church and State in the Post-Colonial Era: The Anglican Church and the Constitution in New Zealand (Polygraphia (NZ) Ltd, 2008); “The Anglican Church and its decision-making structures” [2008] New Zealand Law Journal 121-124; “The Revenge of the Arcane Exclusion Clause: The Civil Registration of Marriage and the Royal Family” (2005) 5(2) Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal 179-204; “The nature of ministerial authority in the Anglican Church in New Zealand” (2005) 119(2) Churchman 105-136; “The Symbiosis of Secular and Spiritual Influences upon the Judiciary of the Anglican Church in New Zealand” (2004) 9(1) Deakin Law Review 145-182; “Dispensation, Privileges, and the Conferment of Graduate Status: With Special Reference to Lambeth Degrees” (2002-2003) 18(1) Journal of Law and Religion 249-274; “The Influence of the Common Law and the Decline of the Ecclesiastical Courts of the Church of England” (2001-2002) 3(1) Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion 1-45 ; “Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction in the Church of the Province of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia” (2001) 6(2) Deakin Law Review 266-284; “Authority for the use of the Royal Arms in Churches” (2000) 5 (27) Ecclesiastical Law Journal 408-416.

Education/Credentials
Apart from my legal training I have an MTheol from the University of Auckland (on the validity of Anglican Orders), an MA from the Archbishop of Canterbury's Examination in Theology (a "Lambeth degree", on the basis of the legal authority of the Anglican church in New Zealand), and an LTh from the University of Wales Lampeter.

Awards and Honors
Visiting Fellow, St Edmund's College, University of Cambridge 2009 Visiting Fellow, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge 2006 Fellow of The Royal Historical Society 2004- Visiting Fellow, Faculty of Law, The Australian National University 2003-2004 Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Award, Researcher, Auckland University of Technology 2002 Fowlds Memorial Prize in Law, as the most distinguished student in the Faculty of Law, The University of Auckland 1994 Grand Cordon, The Royal and Hashemite Order of the Pearl (Sultanate of Sulu) 2011

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