Saturday, 26 October 2013


Baptism has been in the news this week, prompting these opinions.
Bosco Peters writes about CofE baptism inconsistency.
Creede Hinshaw writes for the Albany Herald that Coverage misses the mark on baptism.
Joanna Moorhead writes for The Guardian that Prince George is being baptised – if only more children were.
Edward Green offers these Top 10 facts about Christenings.

Rachel Held Evans asks Will the real complementarian please stand up?
This has prompted Richard Beck to write this series of articles.
Let’s Stop Calling It Complementarianism
Hierarchical Complementarianism Implies Ontological Ineptitude
Some Contrasts Regarding Gender Roles in Evangelicalism and Catholicism

Andrew Brown writes for The Guardian about The archbishop, the duchess and the politics of poverty.

Miroslav Volf asks What’s in a name? Christians, Muslims and the worship of the One God at ABC Religion and Ethics.

Posted by Peter Owen on Saturday, 26 October 2013 at 11:00am BST | TrackBack
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How do we convince our American friends that George will not be King of England but King of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and surely it should be London, UK, rather than London, England? He won't be head of the Anglican Church, but Governor of the Church of England. The Head of the Christian Church—including the Church of England—is Jesus Christ. And, of course, there isn't an Anglican Church, just an Anglican Communion. In contrast the comments on baptism are, of course, absolutely right.

Posted by: David Exham on Saturday, 26 October 2013 at 2:31pm BST

Every week, often on Sundays, (tens of) thousands of people around the world are baptised. And 99.9%, or even higher, go unrecognized by the press.
Which allows them or their parents to reflect on the true meaning of baptism, with the assistance of their minister. And there is nothing stopping William or Catherine from contemplating on the mystery and majesty of baptism.
The only reason George Alexander Louis (Windsor?)'s baptism is mentioned at all in the mainstream press is precisely because he is in line to become a future King of Great Britain.
Without all that heavy weight of tradition and lineage resting on his head, he's a three months old baby looking around in curiosity, who then finds himself being sprinkled with water.
His conception, gestation, and birth were all heaviy publicized, so, less than 100 days out of the womb, he's a celebrity.
From my perspective, it's Mr. Hinshaw who misses the point.

Posted by: peterpi - Peter Gross on Saturday, 26 October 2013 at 6:49pm BST

And so the not-always-so-subtle replacing continues. Now GAFCON is an Instrument of Communion that has not failed where the previously identified Instruments of Communion have failed. Now they have a Primate’s Council to stand in place of the Primate’s Meeting of the AC. And now that Primate’s Council has recognized the Anglican Church of North America in place of the ACoC and TEC and has invited it’s Primate to join the GAFCON Primate’s Council and ACNA to join the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, the new Anglican Communion.

And because all of this takes money, please regional & national Anglican Churches, consider sending us the money that you used to send to the Anglican Communion or, in the least, match what you send to the AC by sending that amount to GFCA as well.

Posted by: Bro David on Saturday, 26 October 2013 at 10:15pm BST

The final sentence in Andrew Brown's article caused me a wry smile. Freud would have a field day I'm sure!

Posted by: Pam on Sunday, 27 October 2013 at 4:28am GMT
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