Tobias Haller announces an ambitious project.

[W]hat I would like to begin to do in this and succeeding posts to this blog is to begin to unpack and challenge what I perceive to be the underlying premises or assumptions of the traditional view, in an effort to get behind the “reassertions” to find out if there is an actual basis of agreement from which a different settlement might be reached — or if we really are thinking and working from two radically incompatible bases.

The Anglican Scotist has been on a hot streak lately. This item in which he captures the tortured logic of anti-Episcopal Anglicans --Christians are obligated to break communion with material heretics only if they are from the Episcopal Church and against separation; any mistake about the faith is a sin only for an Episcopalian against separation.--is especially good.

Mark Harris joins Cafe contributor Greg Jones in recommending that Archbishop Drexel Gomez resign as chair of the Anglican Communion's covenant design group as he can no longer be trusted as an honest broker.

And Cafe newshound Nick Knisely points us to an article from Fred Clark (aka Slacktivist) on the influence that Reinhold Niebuhr has had on Sen. Barack Obama.

Comments (1)

I know that Fr Haller is a formidable scholar specialising in Richard Hooker.

Well, even if his project can't restore broken communion it's still worthwhile because at least it can 'detoxify' each side's view about the other. (Rather like what some Christian peacemakers have tried to do with Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland.) Filtering out the 'blah blah blah Ginger' problem where each side only selectively hears certain things, usually not consciously.

There could be amazing discoveries for each like...

... conservative orthodox people who love their neighbour as well as God.

... reappraisers and Episcopal loyalists who are credally orthodox and even liturgically conservative.

Even if saving or restoring communion is impossible at least the sides can recognise each other as Christians and act accordingly.

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