Comments: InclusiveChurch on covenant proposals etc.

"Hard cases make bad laws."

Hard cases can lead to good laws and principles.

Australia's previous Prime Minister, Sir Robert Menzies started his professional careers as a lawyer. His first ever court case ended up in Australi's High Court, and he won. In his reflections, he commented that his victory came about partly because he had no idea that he would actually succeed, but that it was the only principled way to play the case.

http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/5418 parallels some souls' concerns that what we are seeing is an attempt to say that there is only one viable world view. Well that world view needs some tweaking if we want our great grandchildren to be fed, clothed and living with anything like safety or beauty. Do not think you can quarantine suffering, when God sends souls into exile, both the wicked and the holy suffer equally. If you want things to go well for the holy, then pray for your captors and enemies too.

Sojourners reminded us this week of this part of America's Declaration of Independence published July 4, 1776. "But, when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security."

Would God want us to create an ugly future of war, famine and suffering; or a beautiful future with peace, abundance and wellbeing? Which guard will love and protect ALL our children and their neighbours? That is the guardian I will be choosing.

Posted by Cheryl Clough at Thursday, 5 July 2007 at 11:53pm BST

I only read one thing at once. So to add to the list of the subject above, Inclusive Church would have a Covenant if it affirmed a conciliar Church and the bonds of fellowship that exist. So this is somewhat more oppositional than Affirming Catholicism, but a similar dose of wishful thinking.

I mean, this is not what the Covenant has been introduced for, because this can be expressed anyway otherwise. I can see it as a post-split statement once Another Anglican Communion has been formed that is confessional and restrictive. I can't see anything like Inclusive Church's one happening, nor would it provide any process (would it?).

So lining up the pressure groups (at least) it does look like a dead duck. Inclusive Church is at least right about the chap coming to speak for it, having already backed appointments that undermine it.

Posted by Pluralist at Friday, 6 July 2007 at 1:06am BST

"...once Another Anglican Communion has been formed that is confessional and restrictive."

Personally, my current preferred shorthand for "the *Other* Anglican Communion" (shades of U.S. adverts for "pork, the *other* white meat") is "the Shadow Anglican Communion (SAC)."

This phrasing works on several levels, including (but not limited to) in the sense of "those who don't legitimately hold authority but are waiting in the wings to try to take over," as in a "shadow government," "shadow foreign minister," etc.

The Tolkienesque connotations also seem apt.

Alas, sad SAC...

Posted by Viriato da Silva at Friday, 6 July 2007 at 8:17pm BST

There are all sorts of possible names for Another Anglican Communion:

The International Communion for The Anglican Church (TIC TAC)

Trinitarian International Doctrinal Lord & Yahweh Worldwide International Communion Sojourners(TIDLYWINCS)

Communion of Anglican Restorationist Doctrinal Standards (CARDS)

Trinitarian International Communion of the Churches of Low Evangelicals (TICCLE)

Anglican Communion: The Orthodox Regulations (ACTORS)

We know how new Anglican societies love to make these up.

Posted by Pluralist at Friday, 6 July 2007 at 11:26pm BST
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