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Covenant – Conservatives’ concerns critiqued


Andrew Goddard has now turned his attention to this article.

Read his Conservatives’ covenant concerns: A critique.

On reading Truth or Conviction: questions over the Anglican Communion Covenant by Vinay Samuel and Chris Sugden I did not know whether to laugh or to cry. Part of me wanted to laugh, having just spent some time responding to IC & MCU. In part, that response sought to show that the covenant was not the punitive brainchild of neo-Puritans which ruled out dialogue and which if accepted automatically entailed the expulsion of North American church from the Communion. Here were two leading spokesmen often portrayed as those supporting the covenant because it is punitive and exclusionary making clear that they were far from happy with it because it did not do what IC & MCU claimed it did. But most of me wanted to cry. Here are two distinguished fellow evangelicals and friends not just taking a view with which I disagree but doing so in a manner which had so many of the hallmarks of those they are fighting – no reference to the text of the covenant, making unsubstantiated claims and even some clear falsehoods to raise doubts and fears in their constituency, and approaching the covenant seemingly driven by a wider agenda in pursuit of which the covenant could be distorted and dismissed but with no serious alternative on offer…


Chris Sugden and Vinay Samuel have responded to Andrew Goddard.

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13 years ago

Crikey. Judging by how much energy our friends over at Fulcrum are putting into fighting this, I’d say the defenders of the Covenant feel they’re on the backfoot. I don’t know if Andrew Goddard knows something we don’t, and I certainly wouldn’t place any money on the outcome of the General Synod, but he certainly seems far less insoucient than Bishop Wright was a few months ago when he loftily declared that “there is no alternative” to accepting the Covenant.

13 years ago

@rjb: Well, if the Anglo-Papalists depart for the Ordinariate and the conservative Evangelicals abstain from the Covenant vote, the hard-won Evangelical majority in Synod may well fail. And, since the nation and the governing Tories are both (for different reasons) completely out of sympathy with the Church of England Evangelical party, once Evangelicals lose Synod, they lose everything. Likewise, as Andrew Goddard says, the Covenant is whatever a majority of those who have adopted it are willing to say it is. So if the GAFCON primates keep their provinces out of the Covenant, the hardliners will no longer be there… Read more »

Tobias Haller
13 years ago

Charlotte, you have put your finger on the pulse of this particular racing heartbeat.

13 years ago

I have to wonder about someone so hellbent to see the covenant made fact:

What does Goddard, et al., expect to get out of it? What does he believe he can manipulate it to do for him?

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