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Canon Fraser says "The Enlightenment has become one of those things that it is impossible to ques­tion, without being cast as someone who wants to bring back the burning of witches."

Yes, well, part of that is because so many of those who against the Enlightenment - and there are plenty in religious circles - seem like they'd be quite at home at an auto da fe. I don't think that witches are their preferred target in this, though.

Posted by Bill Dilworth at Saturday, 19 June 2010 at 9:49pm BST

"Faith, our Christian faith, presupposes that we are indeed as human beings attuned to truth and to growth, made by a God whose love has designed us for joy, and discovering that this directedness towards joy mysteriously comes alive when we look into the living truth, the living wisdom, of the face of a Christ who drives us back again and again to question ourselves so that we stay alive."

- Archbishop Rowan, to the Royal Society -

It is precisely this environment of questioning that the ABC speaks of here that has allowed women and LGBT people of the Church to recognize the viability of their calling to take up their rightful place as children of God in the Church and in God's world.

The Church itself will only 'stay alive' as long as it is open to an ongoing climate of dialogue and questioning in the realm of human gender and sexuality - as agents of what Archbishop Rowan has called "the Joy that mysteriously comes alive when we look into the living Truth, the living Wisdom, of the face of a Christ who drives us back again and again to question ourselves (and other people) - my addition - so that we stay alive".

Not a bad description of what the Church will need to work at, if it is to become what is has been called to be: a fount of wisdom in God's world.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Sunday, 20 June 2010 at 2:13am BST

I'm sorry, but does Rowan ever listen to what he says?
I'm serious!

Posted by Prior Aelred at Monday, 21 June 2010 at 1:34am BST
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