Thinking Anglicans

Opinion – 21 January 2017

Kelvin Holdsworth marked Winnie the Pooh day with Prayer for the Day – Script 2.

Lynn Wray National Museums Liverpool LGBT artwork marks Saint Sebastian Feast day

Justin Welby Archbishop of Canterbury ‘It defies description’: Archbishop Justin on visiting Auschwitz

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Between where I live and my daughter’s house in Canberra are a range of mountains: the Great Dividing Range (NSW Australia). On a particularly challenging corner, sits Pooh Corner, where there are toy bears and a little cave. I know I’m about halfway there when I reach Pooh Corner. Thanks Kelvin Holdsworth.

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Kelvin is best at pieces like the Pooh Corner one. Nice.

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The piece by Archbishop Welby on his third visit to Auschwitz/Birkenau is of great interest. In the article Welby asks, “Having seen this terrible place could we still speak of God? Could we still pray, and if so in what way? Could we hear the tunes of evil in such a way that we recognise their modern variations? Very poignant questions indeed. One wonders if the issue of anti-Judaism in the Christian New Testament and the long history of Christian antisemitism were recognized and confronted? The use of Book of Revelation in bible study is mentioned in the article–a part… Read more »

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Might help if you let us know the collect under scrutiny. No question that we have had a sorry history with Jews in significant respects. But I don’t know that “Antisemitism is alive and well …in the church.” It doesn’t seem that way to me. And a ruthlessly interrogative theologian like Donald MacKinnon thought the New Testament, or John’s gospel anyhow, could be exonerated from the charge of anti-Semitism (and I happen to agree) though the use, or misuse of it, could be acknowledged.” Good to remember that the early Christian were the little guys on the block and booted… Read more »

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(Following Bill Pall III) And by extension many OT texts have a similar history of misuse as the oppressed minority produce texts which are wheeled out as binding and authoritative when that group’s descendants have become the empowered majority. It’s why the hurling of proof-texts is so damnably dangerous. Anti-semitism is indeed alive and well, though I don’t think the Church is too grubby-handed – but it’s surely historically incoherent to say that passages in (say) John were written as anti-semitic: better, is it not, to say that anti-semitism can quarry scripture and find things there which it can turn… Read more »

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Re:Bill Paul, happy to oblige. The collect reads: “O God who did choose Israel to be thine inheritance:Look, we beseech thee, upon thine ancient people; open their hearts that they may see and confess the Lord Jesus to be thy son and the true Messiah and, believing, they may have life through his name.Take away all pride and prejudice in us that may hinder their understanding of the Gospel, and hasten the time when all Israel shall be saved…” The phrasing of the collect is deliberately designed to touch every nerve in Judaism while championing Christian chauvinism and exceptionalism. The… Read more »