Thinking Anglicans

Opinion – 7 October 2017

Andrew Brown The Guardian Melvyn Bragg says kids should read the King James Bible. But is it too graphic?

Andrew Lightbown Theore0 Speaking of Anglicanism; speaking of subsidiarity.

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Lucy Winkett and Sam Wells spoke on “Reforming Church” at St Martin in the Fields in London on 2 October. There are links to the full texts of the talks and to a podcast here. There is a shortened and edited version of Sam’s lecture in yesterday’s Church Times: It’s about abundant life, not hell-avoidance.
This was the second in an autumn series of public lectures on “Reformation” at St Martin in the Fields; the first was by Alister McGrath. Details of the series are here. Podcasts are added here after the event.

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Is the Bible too graphic for kids? The former Methodist leader Alison Tomlinson once told me that children in her church complained that the Bible was boring. ‘How have we made the Bible boring?’ she said in tones of dismay and mystification. Well, we’ve done it partly by thinking that passages such as the ones Brown cites are inappropriate for children and young people. They have a diet of violence, brutality and sometimes sex from films, DVDs, daytime TV, the internet and even such books as Harry Potter, and we give them a Bible diet of toned down versions of… Read more »

badman
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badman

Lucy Winkett’s piece is astoundingly good.

Rod Gillis
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Rod Gillis

The Andrew Lightbown essay is engaging.

“I suspect, if they were to speak candidly they would both have to acknowledge the limitations of leadership and the notion that all manner of things can be institutionally planned, managed and controlled.” This seems to me a good description of the need of people in leadership positions to have a “game face”.

His observations on subsidiarity are first rate.

Edward Prebble
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Edward Prebble

Lucy Winkett’s piece is astoundingly good.
I agree, Badman. It certainly is, and deserves a much wider circulation. I am sending copies to the leadership teams at the two small parishes where I am based.

Malcolm Dixon
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Malcolm Dixon

I too agree that Lucy Winkett’s piece is excellent. Why is this wise and holy woman not already a bishop in our church?

Andrew Lightbown
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Malcolm’s question is a good one and of course we can’t know the answer. Maybe she doesn’t feel called to the episcopacy? Maybe she hasn’t been offered the opportunity? Maybe because she is Rector of one of the most progressive churches in the C of E? Who knows. But it is an interesting question