4/10/2006

A Really Great Commentary on the Special Commission Report

The comments, postings and articles on the Report of the Special Commission on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion have been mostly reactions - from the progressive and the conservatie, from those who feel the whole thing is a sell-out, a murkey muddle, or more liberal jargon. But now comes a remarkable, sensitive and reasonable commentary from one of the members of the Special Commission, Sarah Dylan Breuer, editor of The Witness, titled, "A Personal Reflection on the Special Commission's Report."

I recommend it highly and hope readers of this blog will read it.

Beginning this week I will be making comments on specific ideas in the Report, but given Dylan's insights in her Witness essay my work will be considerably easier.

Thanks Dylan.

4 comments:

  1. Excellent. Thanks for sharing this.

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  2. obadiahslope10/4/06 9:50 PM

    Mark,
    Sarah Dylan Bruer has written an analysis of the special commission report that sets out an attractive view of it for her constituency of Witness readers. It is a compelling read - at least for them.
    I am not so sure her analysis it offers much hope for evangelicals. But to be fair, that is not what she set out to do.

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  3. "an attractive view" obadiah?

    To me, the question is---as it ALWAYS is---does it (SDB's presentation, in this case) bring the Good News of Christ's Kingdom in it?

    If it does (by and large, I think so), then that OUGHT to "offer hope for evangelicals". If it didn't, well, I don't think it would provide an "attractive view ... for her constituency" either.

    TEC's continuing dilemma, the past few years, has been "How to be faithful to the Gospel . . . without (overly) offending our opponents."

    Begs the question: just what is it about the Gospel which is so offensive to evangelicals? (A question which seems like an oxymoron but, queerly, isn't :-/)

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  4. J.C. you should know this debate isn't between those who hate the Gospel and those who don't. Both sides support their case with plausible readings of what the scriptures actually say. Your question misrepresents the conservatives as badly as some of their statements misrepresent the liberals.

    Jon

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