Saturday, February 03, 2007

Fundamentalism, Sense, and Anglicanism

The complexities of the current mess in Anglicanism, if not Christianity worldwide as we continue the painful transition into globalism and postmodernism, are uncovered in a number of provocative pieces that appeared today:

Take a look at On Fundamentalism over at ekklesia, and see Mark Harris' brief commentary on several other important essays from over at Thinking Anglicans.

We are, in many ways, at a dangerous tipping point -- one I alluded to (a bit by accident, perhaps a bit also by grace) in my sermon last Sunday: we have a choice. We as Christians can become like the faithful-turned-lynch-mob at Nazareth or the lovers of forbearance, patience, and true kindness in the face of a Christ who looks and acts a complete stranger. . .even to those of us who feel we have come to know him.

The tipping point means we are all over the map theologically speaking, many of us even in our own hearts and minds. The hard thing will be to continue (or start!) giving each other generous space -- even as our world's woes cause us to see our deep interrelatedness, even as we try to find each other, and even as we seek God's love struggling to lead us all into a renewed future.

Am I frightened? You bet.

But my theology doesn't belong in fear. I hope yours doesn't, either.


1 comment:

obadiahslope said...

"The tipping point means we are all over the map theologically speaking, many of us even in our own hearts and minds. The hard thing will be to continue (or start!) giving each other generous space "
Absolutely