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To: sionnsar
Thank you sionnsar - this is a problem I have been struggling with myself, per the issue of "what to call ourselves and how to define what we mean by Anglicanism." Am tired of RCCers reducing it all to King Henry VIII (thanks to RCC teaching I did not know there was a deeper history to it beyond that one event) and tired of Protestants assuming that Anglicans are just a bunch of heathen in Christian clothing.

As per the female ordination, I have been talking with a friend of mine about this. The points outlined in the article will be helpful in backing my points up.

5 posted on 07/01/2005 6:31:35 PM PDT by Alkhin ("Oh! Oh!" cried my idiot crew. "It's a ghoul - we are lost!" ~ Jack Aubrey)
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To: Alkhin
You're welcome.

Am tired of RCCers reducing it all to King Henry VIII (thanks to RCC teaching I did not know there was a deeper history to it beyond that one event)

I get tired of it too. But it serves as a useful warning: if they are trying to evangelize you with such a complete lack of understanding, what's the probable quality of what they're selling you? Are such as these what you're being asked to sign up with? (Said with all due respect to the good Roman Catholic FReepers who are not like this.)

I have long since quit responding to those remarks. It says everything about the commenters, and nothing about me.

I'm reminded of a situation during my college years, when I was dating a Pentecostal gal. Her church had a troupe that was putting on a play in their churches across the state. When they came "near" (an hour and a half away) that summer, I went.

Of course afterwards, I was invited backstage. One guy from the troupe asked, "So what church do you go to?"

I answered, "St. Jude's."

He (noticeably) stepped back a little and said, "Oh, you're Catholic."

I said, "No, I'm Episcopalian."

He half-stepped back again. End of conversation.

Not a good witness. Unlike the (wiser) elders of her church, who warmly welcomed me to their church in full knowledge of my being an Episcopalian. I felt comfortable with these people, though their worship service was so different and missing so much that was important to me.

6 posted on 07/01/2005 7:21:20 PM PDT by sionnsar (†trad-anglican.faithweb.com† || Iran Azadi || <Airbus A380)^: The BIG PIG)
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