Comments: columns after Epiphany

It's a shame that Simon Barrow so nicely corrects one widespread religious misunderstanding about the 'lex talionis' and then replaces it with his own pejorative misrepresentation of Just War theory. I can't think of a recent war, including the war in Gaza, where Just War advocates have cosied up to the principalities and powers by uncritically endorsing or blessing their actions! In fact most Just War theorists in the churches have been emphatic in their criticisms of military actions from Iraq to Gaza - two misrepresentations don't make a right!

Posted by andrew holden at Sunday, 11 January 2009 at 11:25am GMT

So far as 2009, and recalling Darwin, go.

The coming year could be a wonderful opportunity for all global thinking Anglicans to deeply and open-endedly engage in reaffirming - not pat conservative theories about general-natural revelation and particular-scriptural authorities in a closed discernment cosmos - but rather about the entire functional range of our modern best practices which need to come into play as we explore and talk and understand through a glass darkly, all across our many differences.

I am less than wildly optimistic, though, about these possibilities actually coming to fruition in global Anglicanism. So far not a single prominent realignment campaign thinker has nodded towards any need to rethink anything, let alone lifted up the modern best practices tool kits in any accurate manner. Alas.

Even Canterbury (who speaks against unintelligent readings of the scriptures, generally) cannot speak particularly and intelligently and forcefully - to the many critical instances wherein realignment campaign thinking gets off on the wrong presuppositional starting foot. So our last Lambeth followed up an intense period of talking across differences with bad faith appeal to some new toothsome Anglcan covenant, as if a call for new Anglican policing would do what following Jesus of Nazareth, together across our differences, does not do (especially in the closed views of realignment).

Nevertheless, real gold is still waiting to be mined and weighed. Having to cope with Darwin is an extension, intensified, of our having to cope with Copernicus, Bruno, and Galileo before Darwin. And a working model for how believers can engage with the new discoveries flooding out, all around us. Not least in correcting our mistaken views of human emobodiment, gender, sexuality, and quite a number of other hot buttons changes. A little best practices leaven will get the whole loaf to rise, in thinking Anglicanisms.

Posted by drdanfee at Sunday, 11 January 2009 at 10:51pm GMT

drdanfee,

I'm absolutely in agreement with you. For me, the man (or, the woman, or, the gay person) is Keith Ward, who really does confront these issues full on and absolutely fearlessly. Although he writes too much too fast and there's a lot of overlap, I thought his recent 'The Big Questions in Science and Religion' was brilliant. I really do find him sustaining and nourishing.

Best.

Posted by john at Monday, 12 January 2009 at 7:12pm GMT

"For me, the man (or, the woman, or, the gay person)..."

Huh?

Posted by BillyD at Monday, 12 January 2009 at 10:45pm GMT
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