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Hoosier Musings on the Road to Emmaus

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Things I've Learned This Week, Large and Small

  • Fr. Jake shares some thoughts on Christian witness, written by the Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston. Bishop Charleston is the former bishop of Alaska, and currently President and Dean of the Episcopal Divinity School. His words are a profound call; please, go and read them-- if not on my recommendation, then in the knowledge that they do not bow to extremists on either side of the current ECUSA brouhaha. This is as good a reason as any.
  • Yesterday I was passed on the expressway by a humongous SUV (the kind my sister-in-law calls an "urban assault vehicle"), painted a darling shade of pale periwinkle. There is something fundamentally wrong with that.
  • Daily prayer time is vital, of course; but intentional time for reading and study is almost as important. I was better about it this week, and it was balm to my soul.
  • Even if one does not have seminary training, it is possible to be an admirer of a wide variety of theologians, such as N. T. Wright and Stanley Hauerwas. There is no comparison between their solid, prayerful, intentional work and the divisive tripe coming out of the American Anglican Council.
  • Tomorrow is Mother's Day here in the U.S. In the immortal words of the late Coach "Bear" Bryant... Don't forget to call your mama; I wish I could call mine.


Blogger Young fogey emeritus said...

...the divisive tripe coming out of the American Anglican Council.

Tell us how you really feel, LOL.

Funny how Broad Churchmen aren't so broad-minded when other churchmanships challenge their stranglehold on ECUSA and the C of E. So there are absolutes after all. Who knew? The factions just don't agree on what they are.

'God Changes Lives for Good!' says the AAC site. Absolute rubbish! Hate speech. They must be stopped.

The Anglican Communion is breaking up anyway just like the roughly co-terminous British Empire 50 years ago. Without state coercion the Elizabethan Settlement doesn't work and so the four Anglicanisms - Catholic, Central, Evangelical and Broad - will go their separate ways.

(The AAC seem modern Central combined with the American version of Anglican Evangelicals.)

It had a good run - and lasted long enough to introduce me to the Catholic faith, tolerant conservatism (not the same as the liberals' idea of tolerance - it tolerates sinners but not sin) and the idiom of Coverdale and Cranmer.

The problem with the AAC and suchlike isn't that they're 'divisive' but that they think they can unite three of the four Anglicanisms in a kind of Elizabethan Settlement or Anglican Communion, Mk II. Or 'it didn't work the first time so let's have another go'.

The Broad Churchmen will eventually merge with the other white upper-middle-class liberal Protestant sects trying to grasp an ever-shrinking slice of that demographic as it becomes more and more secular and prefers to lie in on Sunday morning. (One could claim that projects like Reconciler are a sign this is already happening.)

They may have knocked out the Catholic Movement (or simply knocked it into the Continuing Churches) but the reality I just described will take them down as well.

Have fun.

May 14, 2006 9:56 PM  

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