Comments: opinions before Remembrance Sunday

It's fair to say that religious experience interest included, Paul Badham's Anglicanism is continuous and consistent with Alistair Hardy's Unitarianism.

Posted by Pluralist at Sunday, 8 November 2009 at 11:00pm GMT

"Ecclesiastical Unity is not a proper goal for the Church. The Anglican Church was a political compromise at its birth. There never has been a time where agreement among Anglicans was total. The relentless search for truth is. There is no commandment to reconcile Anglicans to each other.
There is a commandment to reconcile the world to God. The two are not the same." Bp.John S. Spong

Whenever I think about the statements of Bp.John Selby Spong, I am persuaded that he is a reminder to all of us of the story of the 'curate's egg' - good in parts and bad in others. I must confess I have real problems with his ideas about 'eternal life' - as spoken of by Jesus in the Gospels.

However, I have a sneaking regard for his thoughts, expressed here, here about the desire for the institutional 'unity' of all Anglicans. As Sponmg reminds us, Anglicanism was founded on contradistinctions within the Universal Church, not leasst of which was its departure from the Papal Magisterium.

Even Rome is now conceding its willing to tolerate diversity, with its welcome towards the acceptance of the peculiar Anglican Ordinariates. This seems at odds with any idea we might have had of Rome's insistence on institutional unity.

For the world-wide Anglican Communion, therefore, to insist on a stylised uniformity such as the proposed Covenant seeks to dogmatically enforce on each of its independent Provinces, would seem to be contrary to what that most centralised of Institutions - the Roman Catholic Church - now sees as necessary for its witness in the world.

Unity in Diversity seems to be what the Anglican Communion of Provincial Churches has hitherto been quite good at. Why spoil it now, when the various parts of the Christian community are becoming much more open to the world as it really is revealing itself to be? Prophetic witness in our plural society is more necessary now than it ever was in past ages of the place of the Church in the World.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Monday, 9 November 2009 at 12:09am GMT

I notice Lord Sacks had been tipped off about the appointment of the bishop of Peterborough

"The Chief Rabbi was delivering the annual lecture to the think-tank Theos in London to an audience of politicians, journalists, academics, businessmen and faith representatives.

He warned that Europe’s loss of a tolerant religious culture made it vulnerable to the advance of fundamentalism.

Tolerant religion was “the only strong enough defence with some of the religiosity that is coming our way with the force of a hurricane,” the Chief Rabbi said.

“Let me be blunt. Either we win or the fundamentalists win and that is the challenge. If the fundamentalists win, I wouldn’t hang around too long.”

Posted by Martin Reynolds at Monday, 9 November 2009 at 1:03am GMT

"Unity in Diversity..." Hmmm. Didn't Gene Roddenberry present something quite similar some 40 years ago: IDIC, Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations....?

Posted by Pat O'Neill at Monday, 9 November 2009 at 11:22am GMT
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