Thinking Anglicans

Saturday reading choices

Christopher Howse writes in the Telegraph on the Foundations of fundamentalism

… ‘Without saying as much in so many words, fundamentalism actually invites people to a kind of intellectual suicide.” Such a judgment would be unremarkable in the letters page of the Independent, perhaps. It is more surprising in a document for which Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was responsible before he was elected as Pope Benedict XVI…

In The Times Roderick Strange writes that Our understanding of Mary no longer need divide the Christian creeds

Ian Bradley writes in the Guardian about the British TV programme Songs of Praise, Praise, my soul, the king of heaven

The Independent may no longer have a godslot, but Andrew Buncombe reports on a visit to Lakewood Church in Houston: Jesus Inc. Welcome to the world’s biggest church

Philip Crispin writes in the Tablet about Faith’s French revolution which will sound rather familiar to English Anglicans

With the number of priests in steep decline, the laity is keeping the Catholic church alive in rural France. It’s a dramatic transformation borne of necessity…

A week ago, the Church Times carried this article by Kenneth Leech, Beware the bureaucrats. Here’s how it starts:

NEARLY ten years ago, an article by the then Bishop of Chichester, Dr Eric Kemp, “Following the example of Mammon”, appeared in the Church Times (17 November 1995). It warned about the centralisation of power in the Church of England, and the danger that archbishops would come to be seen as managing directors.

The following day, Professor Richard Roberts, writing in The Independent, described Archbishop Carey as “the John Birt of the Church of England”, and the Church as a managed, product-driven organisation.

These words still haunt me. They seem to confirm my worst fears about the Church. I am not attacking central institutions, or even bureaucrats as such, but questioning where our priorities should lie.

And an earlier article in Christianity Today by Doug LeBlanc about Peter Akinola, entitled Out of Africa