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Anglican Formularies and Anglican Authority: Prolegomena (I)
RatherNotBlog ^ | 8/22/2006 | Prof. IRNS

Posted on 08/23/2006 7:27:09 PM PDT by sionnsar

It has been about six weeks since I posted anything substantial of my own (as opposed to lengthy quotations from someone else). This was due in the main to a combination of summer work and an all-too-brief vacation. But it also stemmed to a small degree from a lassitude that I cannot attribute to the summer heat wave. Rather, the aftermath of General Convention 06 brought on a certain weariness that must be akin to the feeling a Bostonian baseball fan must have about now after watching the Yankees complete a five game sweep at Fenway. Faithful North American Anglicans can certainly empathize with the Red Sox Nation.

Now, however, that the urge to type has returned, what to say? Not long ago, a reader asked me to write why I was still an Anglican and not Roman Catholic or Orthodox. Yet I remain reluctant to speak directly to the second part of that question, to write why I am not something, for various reasons.

Moreover, screeds on the internet like that of the retiring Bishop Swing of California a few weeks ago (“Communists, Counterfeiters, and Catholics”) no longer provoke in me the urge to respond to such venomous venting. What’s the point? The Episcopal Church is dead. The Pension Fund will just help defray the costs of the funeral. If people like Bishop Swing haven’t gotten the news yet, well, somebody else can tell them. Oh, I will still attend my parish for the forseeable future and see what happens—the larger story of Anglicanism is not yet over—but my heart is just not in railing at the Bennisons, Swings, Chanes, Brunos, Schoris and company any longer. Pointing out their errors and inconsistencies when, really, any intelligent teenager can see through them doesn’t even have the value of fun anymore. It certainly won’t do anything to save the Episcopal Church, because it is clearly beyond saving, and the various meetings of “Windsor bishops” only serve to underscore the point. All that is left is sorting out the legal technicalities of the impending divorce. That may take some time, but the outcome can no longer be in doubt.

Thus liberated, I want now rather to turn my attention to the former part of my commenter’s question: why be an Anglican? The crisis of Anglicanism is certainly not limited to North America. What is the nature of that crisis?

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1 posted on 08/23/2006 7:27:10 PM PDT by sionnsar
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2 posted on 08/23/2006 7:28:09 PM PDT by sionnsar (†† | Iran Azadi | SONY: 5yst3m 0wn3d, N0t Y0urs | EndOfTheWorldDay+1)
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I, for one, will be curious to see in what direction the good Professor takes his analysis. I appreciate his humble disclaimer at the end, but pursuing a topic with which one is relatively unfamiliar need not be the rehearsal of what one already knows, but the assessment of what one is learning. The question of the doctrine of Ecclesia Anglicana is one that is currently absorbing me, so the only erudition asked in the messenger is that he pass it along as soon as he finds it.


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