Skip to comments.Working Theology: Out to Lunch
Posted on 05/22/2005 3:18:05 PM PDT by sionnsar
Orthodox Episcopalians, including the ones who run and frequent this site, are occasionally asked why we are fixated on one homosexual bishop in New Hampshire. The charge is false, of course, and is made by those who either don't understand the crisis in the Anglican Communion, or by those who understand it but want to trivialize it. Regular readers know that we also highlight other of the many disorders of the church, from paganism to those who deny the uniqueness of Christ.
The sad fact is that we simply don't have enough manpower to give equal time to all the sicknesses that have invaded this part of the body of Christ. And a good case can be made that even if we could - and did - we would so overwhelm many Episcopalians with the true depravity of the church that they would flee immediately instead of staying and fighting for its soul. After all, if the orthodox "win" this debate over non-celibate homosexual ordinations and same-sex blessings - by halting them or even rolling them back - there will still be many other lingering sicknesses - abortion, polyamory, open communion, and a denial of Christ's divinity - to deal with. Sometimes the prospect of returning this church to something even remotely resembling Christianity seems so daunting it makes me wonder why I continue to try. The frequent private emails I receive, indicating how much this site is a source of strength for those who have decided to stay, contain the answer.
Over at TitusOneNine, Kendall Harmon has posted an article by Philip Turner from First Things magazine. It is one of the best - perhaps the best - brief explanations of how we got to where we are, and that is through a distressingly shallow "working theology" that's taken hold of the Episcopal Church. Turner summarizes:
This unofficial doctrine of radical inclusion, which is now the working theology of the Episcopal Church, plays out in two directions. In respect to God, it produces a quasi-deist theology that posits a benevolent God who favors love and justice as inclusion but acts neither to save us from our sins nor to raise us to new life after the pattern of Christ. In respect to human beings, it produces an ethic of tolerant affirmation that carries with it no call to conversion and radical holiness.
Wow. I clicked across to that article by Philip Turner and read it and the comments following. Food for thought, and prayer.
The entire edition of the magazine is first-rate and on-target, IMHO.
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