Thinking Anglicans

opinions for Ascensiontide

Jonathan Sacks writes in The Times Teach your children well the power of Passover.

Steve Parish writes about zeal for the social Gospel in the Guardian’s Face to faith column.

Christopher Howse writes about Furnishings that cost Laud’s life in the Daily Telegraph.

In the Church Times Giles Fraser writes about how The battle of good and bad religion hots up.

Over on Comment is free Riazat Butt writes about Our dirty little secret.

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The more articles I read by Riazat Butt the more I respect that journalist. She is very honest, espcially about how Muslim women are being treated by their faith community, the umam.

Peter of Westminster
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“the articulation of a moderate eirenic Islam” — Robert Ellwood’s Cycles of Faith: The Development of the World’s Religions would certainly provide additional strategic parallax for any such effort. “the works of the Sufis” — isn’t it interesting that when people make religion narrow and brittle the first thing they do is kick out the mystics? Wahhabism hasn’t much use for Sufis, and certain conservative American Christians I know give pretty short shrift to folks like, oh, Meister Eckhart (“Desert of the Godhead? Must be an atheist!”). Such people and their understandings of their faiths finally can’t sustain themselves historically.… Read more »

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I don’t think the British have a set of stories strong enough to do the job that the Chief Rabbi would want, and I’m not sure it matters either. Robin Hood and King Arthur are obvious ones, but they just are what they are. A complex society perhaps does not need a central story, but it does need to communicate.

Kurt
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“His spirit has never left the Church of England. Its US wing is dragging its own congregations into court in order to seize their property, for daring to object to bishops who make up their own religion. In the 21st century, can’t we see the back of horrible old monsters like Laud?”–Roger Pearse

Rubbish! The neo-Puritans here are trying to steal the silver on their way out of the Church door. These people are the “horrible old monsters” who hanged peaceful Quakers on Boston Common, and most of us American Episcopalians are glad to be rid of them!

Malcolm+
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It was Puritans, of course, who murdered Archbishop Laud.

Ben W
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Ben W

Kurt,

There is nothing you can acknowledge or affirm about Laud as worthwhile? Since when has mere name-calling ever brought healing or peace?

Ben W

Pat O'Neill
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Pat O'Neill

“There is nothing you can acknowledge or affirm about Laud as worthwhile?”

You realize many of us would ask you the same question about Gene Robinson?

Ren Aguila
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Ren Aguila

Ben, Kurt was quoting from a comment on Howse’s article, a comment that described Laud that way.

Kurt was speaking about the Puritans, of which Laud was emphatically not one.

I hope this clears up the misunderstanding.

Kurt
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Kurt

Thank you, Ren Aguila.