Making War, Talking Peace
by Matt Kennedy
One of the more disturbing aspects of the current Episcopal turmoil is the obsession many leaders have with language that denies the true extent and depth of our divisions.
There is, these leaders say, much more that unites us than divides us. We must “get on with the mission” and “agree to disagree.” That, after all is the essence of Anglicanism. Peace in our time.
This quote from bishop Peter Lee of Virginia’s pastoral address is a prime example:
One of the historic strengths of our Anglican tradition is our capacity to hold together persons with different emphases, even conflicting emphases in their understanding of the gospel. That historic Anglican tradition is threatened by the differences that now capture our attention. And our differences are too often leading us to focus on our internal life, rather than on the world to which we are sent by Christ’s great commission and great commandment.
The problem is that our “insignificant sexuality dispute” is in reality symptomatic of an irreconcilable clash of worldviews.
The issue that divides us is not insignificant; it is basic, fundamental, essential: Where does authority lie?
Either the bible is the norm, the supreme authority in all matters of doctrine and practice, or it is not.
There is no middle ground.
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