January 11, 2011

Thought for 1.11.11

I have no objection to finding ways for the Anglican Communion to speak with a single voice,where it is of a single mind. But reaching consensus by quelling dissent leads to self-fulfilling fallacy.

Tobias Stanislas Haller BSG


JCF said...

Some of those anti-gay Anglican bishops can't get enough of a good, stiff, self-fulfilling fallacy. }-X

MarkBrunson said...

One of the things that I've noticed - with shock - that I've not seen any comment on is the position of ABC.

The absolute deal-breaker from the start on this "global church" dealio was the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Pope, though bishop of Rome, is not always Italian, thus can contribute to a unified global church - there have been Spaniards, Germans, French, a Pole, etc.

The Archbishop of Canterbury is, and through the process of becoming Archbishop of Canterbury, must always be a citizen of the UK. At best, he/she can never be drawn from the viewpoint or practice of any other province, at worst, it's a backdoor attempt to establish a different sort of British Empire.

Anglicanism cannot be a unified global church, because its "First Among Equals" cannot represent a global position.

Tobias Stanislas Haller BSG said...

Thanks, JCF. Mark, spot on; but I do think this has come up from time to time, along with other difficulties peculiar to the C of E. The "Englishness" of the Communion made sense for a while, but the creation of a[nother] global church, without a distinctive doctrine, makes no sense. The "distinctiveness" of Anglicanism lies in our polity, not our doctrine.