Friday, February 20, 2009

Story: Arch Bishop of Canterbury (??)

Interesting Article in this month's Atlantic Monthly on Rowan Williams, the embattled Anglican Communion and the pressing issue of human sexuality facing the Church. So where does the Arch Bishop stand???? Hard to tell. 


  1. It is interesting how people want leadership to mean "taking sides" so that somebody has to lose.
    On trial for his life, Jesus is silent before those who accuse him; for his evidence would condemn them, and his intention is to save even those who would hang him out to dry. Now isn't that a model for leadership worth something?
    And how costly?
    And how misunderstood?
    I wonder how the chattering-classes' magazines of the first century would have written that up?
    As a Welsh Anglican, I might point out several errors of detail in a piece like this, but instead I think I'll settle for saying that I find Rowan to be a very godly man, and his desire not have a church that has factions which defeat each other on his watch refreshingly Christ-like. No wonder he hurts; we should pray more for this man.

  2. I don't think it is hard to tell where the Arch Bishop stands. It is in the middle.

    What I think is more than interesting is the way in which "secular humanism" has been adopted into a "religious humanism" where this issue is concerned. The crux of the issue seems to be boiled down to a notion that on the one hand "I am a human who is born with this or that sex drive and have the right to live out my life based on my sexual fulfillment. This is how I'm born so I must be able to live out the fullness of my sexual identity. The other hand suggests that how we are born into the world is distint from who we are born again into the Kingdom of God. The notion of being born again suggest there is something other than ourselves that demarks the way we live in the world.

    What I find saddening is that even our most wise leadership has either lost the passion to preach "new life" or been petrified to speak of a hope that is greater than individual persons. Based on this article Williams has obviously staked himself in the middle and I can see that it hurts, it hurts us all. But if we do not announce that our faith is so particular that it doesn't look to how we are created as the last revelation for fulfillment then we are doomed to live only to that fullfilment and fall short of richness of God's Kingdom.