Comments: two more items on women bishops

Hmm the bishop wants to tolerate living in the middles of the various tensions without having to resolve anything too quickly or too decisively according to one view or position and another, its alternative.

Okay, I can entertain doing nothing for the time being. But will doing nothing to move women bishops forward actually serve?

For one thing, the clock is ticking away on women in gifted leadership positions all around the planet. The more intelligent and able women we see that we do have, bringing irreplaceable and indeed sometimes indispensable capabilities to their particular callings, the less and less savvy (let alone wise and mellow) waiting and doing nothing seems to be.

If the clock is ticking away in favor of women not being innately one down from the moment of their conception to their deaths, compared to men, in many important domains of modern life, it is also still ticking in the opposite directions for those who continue to have strong objections to women in church life.

One trend pulls us one way, the other trend is dug in over time, deeper and deeper. A Status Quo trend, so traditional in church life, pulls towards the church being the last cultural place where a woman may not expect to matter outside her traditional role and responsibilities, more at the bottom of life than at the top?

I also have deep reservations about the good bishop's hope that we can be saved and work tensions and differences through, if only we can become bibilical enough - whatever he means by that. I would be more comfortable if he were preaching that only an active recourse to best practice combinations of reason, scripture, and tradition have hope of parting the seas of church life tensions.

The Tablet article valorizes the unresolved tensions between Peter and Paul in early church life - before there even was a written canon which we believers could use to tag ourselves biblical. Okay, I bite, so what? What from all that is still useful, still applies to our tensions and differences in modern church life?

The catch is always in the details.

Posted by drdanfee at Monday, 14 July 2008 at 6:31pm BST
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