Comments: opinion

Arriving late: The Anglican "mild-mannered English contrition" - now that's a look I'm hoping to perfect. No Messy Church for me!

Posted by Pam at Saturday, 26 April 2014 at 11:05pm BST

Diarmaid MacCulloch, as ever, is brilliant. The great 'what ifs' of Church history, the political machinations, the social upheavals and the theological forces at play. Many of the things done in his name I fancy would have given great surprise, if not offence to the poor carpenter of Nazareth.

Incidentally, in a long ministry I have observed that often when clerical guidance or liturgical formation are absent, the laity pray and talk spontaneously like Arians. Now there's an interesting phenomenon to consider.

Posted by Nicholas Henderson at Sunday, 27 April 2014 at 3:04pm BST

The piece by Barney White-Spunner (great name) seemed to me very constructive.

Posted by John at Sunday, 27 April 2014 at 5:46pm BST

Nicholas; I'm really interested in your comment about the faithful being naturally Arian. I too have noted this many times. I'm a Catholic seminarian and have noticed another trend possibly linked to the previous point. The people naturally think that The Blessed Sacrament is a only a symbol of Jesus (not the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ himself). A much older friend of mine will go to Adoration and at the same time profess that the Blessed Sacrament is a symbol of the body of Jesus which we receive in rememberence of him. It's classic Protestant doctrine which I don't think they have been taught. We try and try and try to teach and demonstrate that the Eucharist is truly Jesus but to no avail.

Posted by Mark Wharton at Tuesday, 29 April 2014 at 1:59pm BST
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