Sunday, July 27, 2008

An Interview with Naughton

It seems to me Jim's responses in this brief interview are worth reading if you have a moment; they succeed in summarizing the state of things in the Anglican Communion while providing a larger socio-political context--a context which I have neglected in the past--in which our conflict is intelligible.

A couple quotes jumped out:

...the idea that you would harness the people of Uganda who live with incredible ethnic strife and widespread disease and just crushing poverty, you would harness their numbers to advance the cause of people living in the richest suburbs in the United States is obscene, but that's what's happened.

That strikes me as absolutely right. Another important point:

I mean I think one of the things that GAFCON has done is demonstrate that whatever concessions you make to these folks, they will want more. I mean the notion that we all need to go back to the 1662 Prayer Book and the 39 Articles of Religion from Elizabethan times is kind of whacky, yet that's at the core of their movement. So we can't give up enough to please them, and yet retain any kind of identity.

Feel free to take a look for yourself.


At 3:56 PM, Blogger Tony Hunt said...

I am certainly more 'right' of center than Mr. Naughton nonetheless I must agree with him that to promote some kind of 'return' to the 1662 Prayer Book with a (never insisted upon before) unmoving and strict adherence to the 39 Articles would indeed strip us of our identity

At 4:20 PM, Blogger The Anglican Scotist said...

If you are on the right in the Burkean sense, then these must seem sad times indeed. Institutions seem to come in for little respect by anyone, regardless of their necessity for our living into any version of the faith.

That's the context in which I view the call to return to 1662--it is a call that disrespects the weight of tradition, a radical call, a going back to the roots regardless of the probability of ensuing ruin.


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