Saturday, 4 February 2012

opinion

Simon Jenkins writes about his Epiphany in a bookshop. His article prompted this editorial at Anglicans Online.

Giles Fraser compares his new surroundings in the Guardian newsroom with his former workplace at St Paul’s Cathedral: Thinking Aloud podcast: a period of noisy reflection.
And in his weekly Church Times column he writes that Atheists can’t borrow the clothes of true faith.

Savi Hensman writes for Ekklesia about Women bishops and the church’s core purpose.

Martin Beckford in The Telegraph asks Will the Church of England ever find peace? “Arguments about women bishops will dominate public proceedings of the Synod, but gay marriage is one of the burning issues behind the scenes.”

Andrew Brown writes for The Guardian about Anglican Mainstream and the enemies of Christianity. “The anti-gay group deserves the censure it has received – unlike a small Evangelical Christian group in Bath.”

Posted by Peter Owen on Saturday, 4 February 2012 at 11:00am GMT | TrackBack
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I wish to throw a yellow flag on Giles Fraser.
I've often enjoyed his columns reprinted here, but his latest about atheist worship has unsportsmanlike conduct.
He starts out by talking about atheist worship in the French Revolution taking place amidst the Great Terror -- and then says the subject of his essay shouldn't be seen in this light.
Then why did Fr. Fraser bring it up in the first place?
It's like a phenomenon -- which has probably taken place in courtrooms on both sides of the Atlantic -- where an attorney asks the witness in a jury trial "How many times do you beat your spouse?" No matter how many times opposing counsel or the witness objects, no matter the instructions and harrumphing from the judge, the implications of that question never really escape the attention of the jury.
If we and the atheists get into petty squabbles over "Your side killed more people than my side", we're in for a looong winter.
Mr. Fraser then went on to give solid opinion of what he thought of atheist worship. He should have done so without dragging in the Reign of Terror -- then quickly snapping it right back.
There have been moral, ethical atheists willing to lay down their lives to protect others.
Their have been devout theists willing to "kill them all, and let God sort them out."
Ultimately, we are all human, and all movements have a dark side.

Posted by: peterpi - Peter Gross on Saturday, 4 February 2012 at 7:06pm GMT

Martin Beckford seems to have a finger on the pulse of the current situation in the C. of E. on arttitudes towards Same-Sex Partnerships. It just seems crazy that, though there are already such partnerships in the Church - whether closetted or in the open - the hierarchy cannot get their episcopal heads around it. Thank God for a Bishop with the courage of +Salisbury, being willing to put his head above the parapet. Let's pray it doesn't get snowballed by obfuscation at Synod.

Posted by: Father Ron Smith on Sunday, 5 February 2012 at 8:19am GMT

"Let's pray it doesn't get snowballed" Fr Ron Smith

I'm sure Dr. Lisa Nolland of Anglican Mainstream would echo that sentiment.

Posted by: Laurence C. on Sunday, 5 February 2012 at 10:34am GMT

The demise of Anglican Mainstream as it collapses into the pit of evil it has stirred up is very welcome.

It is surely only months away from leveling charges of witchcraft against its opponents, or perhaps this has already happened?

Why otherwise would so few have turned up for their meeting?

Posted by: Martin Reynolds on Monday, 6 February 2012 at 6:20pm GMT

"The demise of Anglican Mainstream as it collapses into the pit of evil it has stirred up is very welcome" Martin Reynolds

Indeed. And whatever happened to the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans that was launched with such fanfare over 3 years ago? I joined it at its inception (merely to monitor just how ghastly it was) and have received one email from them during the entire period - no newsletters, no updates for members - nothing. Its website appears all but dead apart from details of a 'Leadership Conference' in April which can be attended by invitation only.

Posted by: Laurence C. on Monday, 6 February 2012 at 11:37pm GMT
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