Listen to the second episode of The Living Church podcast.

Your hosts, Zachary Guiliano and Andrew Petiprin, discuss another recent article: Clint Wilson’s “Top 10 reasons not to boast in Anglicanism.” It appeared on our blog, Covenant, last week, and garnered a huge number of views.

Zack and Andrew dig into the reasons why people love another list, which Clint skewered in his post, “Top 10 reasons to be an Episcopalian,” including its putative connection to Robin Williams’s sketch, “I’m an Episcopal.” They then dig into the beating heart of Anglicanism, its ecumenical vocation. Key is this passage from Archbishop Michael Ramsey:

For while the Anglican church is vindicated by its place in history, with a strikingly balanced witness to Gospel and Church and sound learning, its greater vindication lies in its pointing through its own history to something of which it is a fragment. Its credentials are its incompleteness, with the tension and the travail in its soul. It is clumsy and untidy, it baffles neatness and logic. For it is sent not to commend itself as “the best type of Christianity,” but by its very brokenness to point to the universal Church wherein all have died. (The Gospel and the Catholic Church, p. 220)

And in our Recollection segment, Zack and Andrew pass along recommendations in entertainment and literature. For lighter fare, Zack commends the newest Spider-Man series (2016 to present), starring Miles Morales, an Afro-Hispanic hero. For more serious listeners, he recommends Patrick Leigh Fermor’s slim volume A Time to Keep Silence (1953), a travelogue and account of the author’s encounters with monasticism. Andrew’s recommendations: a light one for the kids, the 1980s stop-motion series, The Wind in the Willows, and a heavy one for those keeping up with politics, Douglas Murray, The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, and Islam (Bloomsbury, 2017).

Listen in, subscribe on iTunes or SoundCloud, and look forward to next week’s episodes.

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