The Anglican Debate Sharpens–Lessons for the Whole Church

“Any lasting solution will require people somewhere along the line to say, ‘Yes, we were wrong’.” Those words were spoken by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams just after the Primates of the Anglican Communion (leaders of the national churches connected to the Anglican tradition) had asked the Episcopal Church USA and the Anglican Church of Canada to withdraw from the Anglican Consultative Council for at least three years.

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Bishop Spong Goes to Stetson

“Bishop Spong is the leading voice within modern progressive Christianity, attempting to make Christianity relevant to today’s world,” said Dixon Sutherland, director of Stetson University’s Institute for Christian Ethics. He went on to declare, “The exposure of students to probably the most formative leader of progressive thinking within Christianity today is an important part of our educational mission.”

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The Re-paganization of the West: A Glimpse of the Future

“In the beginning there was the Church,” explains Carol Midgley. “And people liked to dress up in their best clothes and go there on Sundays and they praised the Lord and it was good. But it came to pass that people grew tired of the Church and they stopped going, and began to be uplifted by new things such as yoga and t’ai chi instead. And, lo, a spiritual revolution was born.”

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Homosexuality and the Anglican Crisis–A Failure of Nerve

The much-awaited “Windsor Report” was released in London on Monday, but the Anglican debate and division over the issue of homosexuality will not be resolved by this report and its recommendations. If anything, the Windsor Report, submitted by a group of leading Anglican figures known as “The Lambeth Commission on Communion” represents a massive failure of nerve. In the end, it may be the final nail in the Anglican coffin.

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With Bishops Like This, Who Needs Heretics?

The Episcopal Church is in big trouble, and the larger Anglican Communion appears poised to offer the American church an ultimatum–return to a biblical standard of sexuality, or get out. While analysts and church historians debate the significance of this denomination’s present trouble, along comes a little book that tells us everything we need to know about how the Episcopal Church USA was brought to this disaster.

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The Consecration of Bishop Robinson: A New Day of Infamy

The consecration of Reverend V. Gene Robinson as the Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire will long be remembered in the history of the church as a craven act of moral rebellion and the rejection of Holy Scripture. November 2, 2003 is a day that will live in biblical infamy.

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An Alarm Sounds in London: Will It Matter?

The emergency meeting of the primates of the Anglican Communion ended yesterday with the 37 national leaders of the Anglican churches still trying to prevent a schism in their ranks. They released a unanimous statement warning that their communion would be torn asunder by action of the Episcopal Church (USA) to consecrate the first openly homosexual bishop of the church. The release of the statement came after two days of meetings in London under the glare of press speculation and public attention. The stakes could not be higher.

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Marriage Extremists, Angry Anglicans, and More

Arnold Schwarzenegger started the week an actor looking for a new job and ended the week as the governor-elect of the nation’s largest state. Gov. Gray Davis now goes down in history as the only California governor to be recalled, and leaves his successor a mountain of unsolved problems. But, while the nation ponder the meaning of all that, other developments demand our attention.

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The House of Windsor and the Future of the Faith

“We have come to regard the Crown as the head of our morality,” explained Walter Bagehot, the most influential political journalist of the Victorian era. “We have come to believe that it is natural to have a virtuous sovereign, and that the domestic virtues are as likely to be found on thrones as eminent when there.” It’s a good thing Bagehot is not alive to witness the current heir to the throne.

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The Inescapable Issue of Biblical Authority

Every important issue in the church essentially comes down to the authority of the Bible. The debate over the election of the Episcopal Church’s first openly homosexual bishop is a prime example of this inescapable fact–and a closer look at the arguments reveals the lengths to which homosexual activists must go in order the neutralize the Bible in the debate.

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Furor Over the Gay Bishop: The Controversy Expands

The Archbishop of Canterbury is, if you will forgive the expression, in a pickle. Rowan Williams was appointed as primate of the Church of England with full knowledge that he supports the legitimization of homosexual behavior and the full inclusion of homosexuals in the church. His appointment was itself a matter of controversy, with evangelicals warning that any move toward homosexual marriage or ordination would mean a schism in the church. The new archbishop promised to be considerate, reasonable, and deliberate. Give me a chance, he chided. His time has run out.

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The Day After: Episcopalians Elect a Gay Bishop

The tragic soap opera of the Episcopal Church’s debate over the election of a homosexual bishop came to a conclusion on Tuesday as the House of Bishops elected Canon Gene Robinson as bishop of New Hampshire. The 62 to 43 vote (with 2 abstentions) came only after the bishops conducted a hasty investigation into last-minute accusations against the bishop-elect. These charges obscured the basic fact that Canon Robinson is biblically disqualified simply by the fact that he is a practicing homosexual. That apparently did not matter to the 62 bishops who arrogantly denied the authority of Scripture and the clear moral teachings of their own church. [see Washington Times article]

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Will Episcopalians Elect a Gay Bishop?

A gathering of Episcopalians generally does not look too threatening. This is pretty much a Brooks Brothers group, whose church conventions look tame and quiet compared to their low church brothers and sisters. But not this year.

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