Thinking Anglicans

Opinion – 27 April 2019

Terence Chandra The Living Church We Can’t Just Rebuild

Richard Beck Experimental Theology Heresy as Therapy

Trevor Thurston-Smith The Pensive Pilgrim ‘Jesus the Loser : A Theology of Failure’

Church Times ‘The Bible is not a paper Pope’
Katharine Dell interviews her Ph.D. supervisor, John Barton, about the Church’s wrestling with scripture

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Rod Gillis

Interesting Article from the Times on John Barton. The piece is a good argument for two things (1) the pickle that Anglican evangelicals are in with regard to ‘bible believing’. (2) the need for a systematic theology to address the problems that thinkers like Barton identify but which are difficult to resolve.In that regard I’ve attached a link to an article by Australian theologian Neil Ormerod who writes: “I also have problems with believers who cling to pre-modern world views out of some mistaken sense of loyalty to Biblical or religious authority.” Ormerod notes the contribution that Catholic priests have… Read more »

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Anthony Archer

Dr. Katherine Dell’s review – actually an interview with the author – is excellent. On the strength of it I have just ordered a copy of A History of the Bible: The Book and its Faiths. Can’t wait to see the reviews of it by conservative evangelicals! Some scholarship. Reinforcement of Luther in places (what is authoritative in the Bible is ‘what promotes Christ’) and Hooker, who warned against claiming too much for the Bible. As Dell says: ‘Barton fears that the Church is not currently using the Bible very well. “It is either brought in to provide ‘proof texts’… Read more »

Tim Chesterton
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The quality of the teacher obviously shows itself in the student! I read Dr. Dell’s popular commentary on Job in the BRF ‘People’s Bible Commentary’ series and found it excellent.

Susannah Clark
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Susannah Clark

I’ve ordered a copy too. Thanks for the heads up.

Rod Gillis
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Rod Gillis

Several articles have appeared in the press, articles ostensibly about the fire at Notre Dame but which actually segue into the author’s concerns. The piece by Terence Chandra is an example. One hopes that the UNESCO world heritage site will be rebuilt. It would be appropriate if the re-construction included a window or some other artistic tribute to the brave French firefighters who did so much to save the building and its artifacts. One thinks along the lines of the paratroopers depicted in the windows at Sainte-Mère-Église and Angoville-Au-Plain.