February 20, 2012

No Consensus

It is becoming clear that there is no emerging consensus that the Proposed Anglican Covenant is suitable as a mechanism for determining consensus. It is heading for failure by its own standards, even if marginally adopted.

Tobias Stanislas Haller BSG


Erika Baker said...

The Lambeth Conference report of 1998 includes statements like:

“We must confess that we are not of one mind about homosexuality…

… we have prayed, studied and discussed these issues, and we are unable to reach a common mind on the scriptural, theological, historical, and scientific questions which are raised. There is much that we do not yet understand.”

Nevertheless, the 1st part of resolution 1.10 became "The Mind of the Communion".

The war is not won by truth but by who employs the most successful rethoric after the event.

Tobias Stanislas Haller BSG said...

Lambeth 1998 represents a low point in Anglican conversation. A flawed process led to Resolution 1.10, which effectively discounted that report of the committee charged with studying the issue, under pressure largely from what would later be called the Global South (Kuala Lumpur in particular).

There is nothing dishonorable in disagreement. There is something deeply troubling about forcing submission to a false consensus.