Thinking Anglicans

Opinion – 24 December 2019

Archdruid Eileen The Beaker Folk of Husborne Crawley God Enters the God-Made World

Stephen Parsons Surviving Church The Archbishop-designate and Christian Concern – some thoughts.

The Archbishop of Canterbury‘s 2019 Ecumenical Christmas Letter

Philip Baldwin Gay Times LGBTQ Christians desperately want and need full inclusion

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I am pleased you included the Philip Baldwin piece. It is good to say Christians can be gay and it does so pretty well. It also makes plain that some LGBTI positive message needs to come out of Lambeth 2020.

Susannah Clark
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Susannah Clark

The Archdruid has captured things wonderfully. With the emphasis on wonder.

Grace and peace to all readers here, as we prepare to celebrate the Nativity and the coming of God in our world in the tiny baby. Christmas can be a raw and complicated emotional time for quite a lot of people.

Thank you to Simon, Simon and Peter for all the work that goes into this site through the year.

peterpi -- Peter Gross
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peterpi -- Peter Gross

Thank you, Susannah, for your greeting,
And I also wish to thank all who work on this website, and may they have a Happy/Merry Christmas, and a Happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!

Kate
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Kate

It is a topic which comes up here regularly. I disagree with Stephen Parsons that the Bible cannot be used to determine good conduct because some people come to conclusions Stephen disagrees with. Rather than say that the Bible is unreliable or wrong, the alternative interpretation is that people are misunderstanding the Bible.

One of the common errors for instance is a failure to recognise that the Covenant between God and His people has changed over time.

FrDavid H
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FrDavid H

Perhaps the solution to understanding the bible is to ask Kate what it means. She seems to imply the only correct interpretation is hers.

Kate
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Kate

The reverse. Because unless we accept that the Bible is sufficient then everyone does have their own personal religion which is how cults begin.

peterpi -- Peter Gross
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peterpi -- Peter Gross

“the Covenant between God and His people has changed over time.”

That statement, while sounding benign (which I assume is your intent), has also been used to harass and oppress people who are not Christian, or not the “right sort of” Christian.
The covenant between God and the Jewish people, for example, is still in full force. Regardless of what some Christian leaders have said and acted upon over the past centuries and at least a millennium.

Jo B
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Jo B

The statement that “The covenant between God and the Jewish people … is still in full force” has also been used to harass and oppress people (and still is in Palestine). The ways in which a statement has been (ab)used are secondary to whether the statement is true or not.

Rod Gillis
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Rod Gillis

Thanks for the Philip Baldwin piece with photo by Cecilie Johnsen. One of my grand-kids asked for, and received, a rainbow flag for Xmas. Not bad perhaps, given both a parent and a grand-parent who are Anglican clergy. It is December 26th at time of posting. Nollaig shona, and happy wren day… la an dreoilin.