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Jun
4

Gathering the fruit, June 4: Public piety, Christian unity, fantasy

Gathering the fruit, June 4: Public piety, Christian unity, fantasy This week: the beauty of public liturgy, the "personal shape" of ecumenism, and the world as narrative and symphony.
May
31

The early ‘Anglican’ reading of Scripture (1): William Laud

The early ‘Anglican’ reading of Scripture (1): William Laud The search for attaining a faithful understanding of Scripture begins by assenting to its authority.
Apr
25

An evangelical in a strange country: the Episcopal Church

An evangelical in a strange country: the Episcopal Church Mine would have been a thoroughly secular life, if it had been left to the anemic liberal Anglicanism of the parish church in my hometown, or the chapel of my English boarding school.
Apr
6

Tightly woven: Anglican parishes and religious orders

Tightly woven: Anglican parishes and religious orders When I look at my cross from Ascot Priory, I thank God for those nuns whose prayers sustain the work I do.
Feb
17

Anglicanism redux

Anglicanism redux What does it mean to be an Episcopalian anyway?[1] We are onto important questions in the midst of our divisions. Our differences nowadays take on global dimensions. On other matters, churches all around the world seem to have similar prospects and struggles in our consumerist age. The diversity of ways that we worship, rendered yet wider in our age of online resources, seems to have taken the “common”...
Jan
22

Can anyone speak (it) theologically?

Can anyone speak (it) theologically? Where are the theologians, in the wake of the Primates' meeting? Where is the theological speech about the schisms that continue to rend us asunder?
Jan
20

Judging myself, loving my brethren

Judging myself, loving my brethren What causes our divisions? Why do weak and heretical doctrines persist? I wish I didn’t find a solitary cave to be such a compelling option when I’m overcome by discouragement over the state of our Communion.
Jan
4

The curse of the via media

The curse of the via media The cherished Episcopal notion, that we are a church of right-thinking, reasonable people, is going to be the death of us. Don’t get me wrong: I am all for right thinking and reason in equal measure, and indeed compromise, and some sort of Anglican via media may indeed be found to be the solution amidst the church’s present agonizing over its own identity. But moderation as the keynote of any sort of...
Jul
13

Convention called my bluff

Convention called my bluff You have worked long and diligently for this victory, and I hope it changes your lives for the better. I hope that it draws you closer to the heart of Christ and the fellowship of his church.
May
18

Is there an “Anglican understanding” of the New Testament?

Is there an “Anglican understanding” of the New Testament? At the end of every class at the Anglican seminary where I teach, my students fill out a course evaluation with this question on it.
Jan
22

TBT 2009: 42 theses on Anglicanism

TBT 2009: 42 theses on Anglicanism From time to time in history, there are periods of tremendous upset, which occur at the same time as periods of tremendous intellectual ferment. Anglicanism is undergoing the birth pains of a new synthesis.
Jan
19

Confirmation of ACNA’s revolutionary theology?

Confirmation of ACNA’s revolutionary theology? It's worth reading a recent statement to see what our ACNA brethren are thinking regarding the hotly debated question of Confirmation. What is most interesting is that they are following precisely the revolutionary changes introduced in the 1979 BCP of the Episcopal Church.
Nov
25

The baggage of evangelicals on the Canterbury Trail

The baggage of evangelicals on the Canterbury Trail Fortunately or unfortunately, there still seems to be an ever widening stream of ex-evangelical converts to Anglicanism, sometimes to the mutual benefit of those involved, but often to the loss of evangelical denominations.
Oct
2

The unashamed Anglican: Stephen Sykes, 1939–2014

The unashamed Anglican: Stephen Sykes, 1939–2014 Do Anglicans have doctrines? Or is Anglicanism an empty container, into which one can pour whatever one likes?

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