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Anglican Unscripted Episode 25: January 24, 2012 January 27, 2012

Posted by geoconger in AMiA, Anglican Church of North America, Anglican Church of Southern Africa, Anglican Communion, Anglican.TV, Archbishop of Canterbury.
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Anglican Unscripted.

Not sure how to translate English to American? Kevin and George offer their years of experience in interpreting MISC 1011. They also take a gander at the news of AMiA, PEAR, and Moving Forward. And then there is that History thing.

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1. Ian Welch - January 27, 2012

I am always surprised, if not astonished, at assertive statements that are based on questionable assumptions.

I know of no “authority” given to the Australian Primate that encompasses defining the substance of Christian belief. Attendance at Anglican primatial meetings is important in terms of everyday church management but have very little, if anything, to do with defining the truths of the Christian faith. Nor, it might be added, do they have any particular authority to make rules and regulations about what Anglicans may or may not believe.

Under Australian canon law, the holder of the primatial office is not the final arbiter of anything in particular. Nor, may I hasten to add, is any diocesan bishop or metropolitan. It is doubtful if there is any structure in the Anglican Church of Australia that gives any authority to anyone in matters of belief, much as some would like it to be otherwise. A key reason, as illustrated by the debate over lay presidency, is that defining anything can only lead to chaos, as further illustrated by the ordination of women and the consecration of female bishops, both unquestionably lawful.

Those who fondly think that a papal version of authority is any better might pause to reflect on the massive rejection of papal authority on the simple issue of birth control.

Were it otherwise, the Christian churches would not be in the pickle that all are now enduring.

Despite early hopes, the concept of an Anglican Covenant sustaining a new, invigorated Anglican Communion is unlikely to succeed in resolving the present impasse.

The AMiA fiasco highlights the simple fact that episcopacy is unlikely to provide a satisfactory outcome.

I do not know of any Biblical foundation for episcopacy—much less a basis for apostolic succession. Whether or not one believes that bishops are guardians of the faith given the history of the Anglican episcopate should be respected but not as a central strand of Anglican Christian faith.


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