Who we are and where we stand

Well, it has been a momentous few days in the Anglican world here north of the border. When I have time I hope to put together some thoughts on the Network conference from the point of view of a participant at the event. In the meantime I would like to point you to JI Packers talk given at this conference, to be found here. Well worth the read.

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4 Responses to Who we are and where we stand

  1. white rabbit says:

    Bearing in mind that this is a discussion group and not a contest to be always righter than right I’ll respond to Packers subtle undermining of the West.
    In our hour of need he stabs us with ” We rejoice to know that the more than 90% of worshipping Anglicans worldwide outside the Old West are solidly loyal to the Christian heritage as Anglicanism has received it, and we see our realignment as among other things, an enhancing of our solidarity with them. As I said earlier, what we are doing is precisely not leaving Anglicanism behind.”
    The use of the word solidarity suggests that Packer is a good union man but we know he is not union. Thus his use of solidarity would suggest leanings to communism. To back this up he, in typical elitist manner, derides us Westerners with calling us “old” which in our modern times with our worship of things new is almost a swear word. Packer, again in his elistist hippy dippy manner has nothing but praise for the third world who can do no wrong – ah those Noble Savages of Rousseau – and are solidly loyal to Christianity. I am surprised he does not risk shattering his delusions by moving there as those countries must be merrier than Merry Olde England in its Christian heyday.
    I am partly serious for the universities of Conneticut, Harvard and Yale have openly come out against anything White; but that kind of racisim is safe today
    I like old Packer and have learned a lot from him but he is blissfully unaware oi the war – take no prisoners – being waged against Whitey which is a euphanism for Christians.
    In other words if you decide to leave be careful where you might wake up the following morning.

  2. white rabbit says:

    It was staring me in the face but I missed it. Packer refers to “Our realignment” without realising that he is referring to divorce and separation which is far more damaging to society than mere homosexuality. If the church is quick to divorce each other then we can hardly expect society as a whole to refrain from that wicked practice.
    As brilliant as Packer is when the going gets rough he comes through as simply a product of his time and his life long study blows away in the wind. He is just another divorcee with a golden tongue.

  3. Peter says:

    The way I see it, Essentials et al have done their level best NOT to seperate. However there comes a time when you have to stop bashing your head against a brick wall. I don’t see us seperating from Anglicanism, but rejoining it.

    (I take your point about everything being peaches and cream in the global south though – it simply isn’t true).

  4. mrsfalstaff says:

    In fact, one branch of Essentials (Federation) continues to work for reform within the Anglican Church of Canada. I think it’s a lost cause, personally.

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