Thinking Anglicans

Opinion – 24 April 2019

Janet Fife Surviving Church Discerning: Evil and Good
“Janet Fife writes on 25 years of women’s ordination”

Nicholas Chamberlain ViaMedia.News Breaking the Silence

John Barton The Guardian Notre Dame reminds us how the Bible stories have shaped our civilisation
“Great cathedrals and the gospels stand for so much more than religion – evoking human endurance and a quest for beauty”

Ania G Wieckowski Harvard Business Review Life’s Work: An Interview with Bishop Michael Curry

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The Janet Fife article appears to have no hyperlink – at least on my computer.

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The John Barton article is a good example of how ‘deconstruction’ leaves one with rubble. The root problem with Barton’s view is his treatment of the question of meaning, particularly the question of the continuity in meaning from the message of Jesus to the message of the post resurrection church. For a more satisfactory framing of the question, I’d recommend Peter Laughlin’s, Jesus and the Cross: Necessity, Meaning, and Atonement. ( Princeton Theological Monograph Series,2014). Laughlin addresses the question of what meaning Jesus may have assigned to his own death. Laughlin draws on the work of philosophical theologian Bernard Lonergan… Read more »

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Thanks Rod- I found the Barton piece good but disturbing and I could not quite think why. I will look out for the Laughlin book.

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There is also a media critique angle as well. A slice of left leaning media essentially wants its readers to know that it is alright to lament the fire at Notre Dame in terms of damage done to a cultural icon, as long as we we accept the liberal left judgement on the religious ideas and practices that Notre Dame enshrines. News facts, in this case a catastrophic fire, are interpreted via a particular narrative. Most media outlets engage in this. It’s called messaging. Right leaning media would cover the same facts via a competing narrative. (Not to be confused… Read more »