Thursday, 29 November 2012

Toxic? Yes - to Christian unity

Traditionalist Christians have no reason to love the broadcasting media or the press (although there are notable journalistic exceptions.) Having said that, one wonders on the day of the publication of the Leveson Report whether even the undoubted and 'outrageous' injustices sometimes meted out to the 'little people' who find themselves in the headlines can justify press regulation by statutory quango. Sir Brian Leveson has been quick to distance himself from any claims that he is  recommending political or parliamentary oversight of the British press; one wonders whether any body, even a supposedly 'independent' committee, composed of the 'great and the good' (in this society or any other throughout history) and imposed by parliament to enforce penalties on a free press can be trusted with such an onerous and risky responsibility.
We seem as a culture, as previous concepts of what constitutes responsible behaviour disappear along with the faith that underpinned them, to have developed a fetish for an increasing central control over all aspects of life. Society can only become less open and less free as a result.  

In the midst of all the unrighteous indignation both reported in and manufactured by the news media over the fact that the Church of England last week failed to live up to its appointed role as chaplain to the culture, nothing has been said about the effect that the liberal theological agenda (now almost daily taking on a more and more 'credal' role in western Anglicanism) has had on a previous generation's bright hopes for Christian unity, and the fact that our Anglican apostasy (I'm sorry, there isn't another word for what is going on) is directly responsible for setting the cause of unity back by, according to the late Professor Henry Chadwick, hundreds of years  - if it hasn't destroyed it altogether.
Amid all the torrent of abuse being heaped upon traditionalists in the Church of England [see Ancient Briton's recent take on that here] what is being completely and deliberately ignored by most archbishops, bishops and theologians in the Anglican world is that, as a result of women's ordination and the related departures from Christian orthodoxy which have (or will soon) come about in ethics and moral theology, all prospects of meaningful dialogue with Rome and Orthodoxy - that is, discussions which could lead to full communion - have now completely disappeared. 
Unlike our own leaders, some outside observers of the current direction of Anglicanism [here and here and, more significantly, here] are at least prepared to be honest about the price that has been paid as a result of our following of the world's agenda. To go back to a previous post, it's a Faustian compact indeed.
I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them that they may be one even as we are one.” (St John 17:11-22)

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