In the wake of the inauguration, I propose the following. Churches should create a community-oriented event called the Table. The goal here is to create a space in which political partisanship takes a back seat to human interaction, and thus defuses fear of the political “other.”
Either the Episcopal Church is fundamentally distrustful of, and impervious to, anything remotely approaching an evangelistic appeal and awakening; or else we have heretofore gone about such an awakening in the wrong way.
Anglicanism has become factious in the extreme, and one cannot help but wonder if the spirit of Christ-like gratuity, of self-effacement for the sake of the Body, has been quashed by a climate of hyper-self-consciousness.
When it comes to scriptural interpretation, it’s crucial to take history seriously — or so I’ve read. Many of us, it seems, are simply not taking history seriously enough.
The death of Christ at once shows the essential unity of the Father and the Son, and consummates the mutual society of God and man. The self-giving of God manifests itself in history, within the context of fallen creation, as the humiliation of the Son.
Have Anglicans made incompatible commitments to different Christian churches in ecumenical dialogue?
The Body of Christ has a history that may be mapped, discussed, and studied; it continues to suffer various indignities and worse until the End; and the teachings of its churches undergo various changes.