Comments: Reactions to Mark Lawrence

Many, many, many thanks to Harris, Haller, Gerns and others for clearing up a typical new conservative definitional confusion: The Anglican Communion arises now - and once arose in a previous historical era - as a dependent creature of its provincial constituent members, including of course TEC. Thus the worldwide communion depends on all of its provinces where witness/worship/service stands in varied cultural realities, and not the other way round. It is entirely possible to hear the new conserved lament that this is the fact, without agreeing with the presuppositional thrust that wishes away the facts and replaces them with a more congenial conservative fantasy that the commuion somehow created the dependent provinces, and so stands over and above and against them in this or that loudly hyped new conserved manner.

Nothing of this emergence or dependency has actually changed, institutionally, loud and repetitive new conserved believer claims all to the contrary notwithstanding. Constitutional changes voted to diocesan documents notwithstanding, either. (Until/unless a duly elected sitting GC votes those changes, properly.)

This reminds me that the Primate meetings are advisory, not law (canon or otherwise), not doctrinally definitive as confessions or Magisterium.

What a lovely, brief break from all the wild conservative two churches spin. Many thanks.

Posted by drdanfee at Friday, 8 December 2006 at 4:10pm GMT
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