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ACC 15 acclaims Bible project

ACC 15 acclaims Bible project

The Anglican Consultative Council, meeting in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand praises the Bible project:

Jaded cynics may try to suggest that the Anglican Communion is divided over the Bible.

Well, there’s no need to buy into that notion any longer.

After three and half years of worldwide research, the Bible in the Life of the Church project has found that Anglicans around the globe share “a high common ground” over the essential place and use of the Bible in Anglican life.


The Bible in the Life of the Church project – which was led by New Zealand’s Archbishop David Moxon – today delivered its report, entitled: Deep Engagement, Fresh Discovery , to the ACC.

And as far as Archbishop David is concerned, he’s seen incontrovertible proof that Anglicans “can gather around the Bible – and around Christ, who is the Living Word, in our diversity.

“Because we believe in Scripture, tradition and reason – in that order.”


Deep Engagement, Fresh Discovery identifies 10 themes and seven principles (eg: ‘Principle 1 – Christ is the living Word of God.’) for its use.

And from the reports of regional groups which fed into the project, four broad conclusions have been drawn:

1. Across the Communion “there is clear evidence of the impact made on the lives of our communities and individuals by engaging with Scripture.”

The people who took part in that regional project, for example, found Scripture speaking to them in ways they hadn’t experienced before.

2. Across the Communion, there is also “a wonderful diversity of ways of what ‘engaging with and interpreting the Scripture’ looks like.”

3. Across the Communion, it’s clear that the context in which the engagement takes place generates further diversity in the approach to and application of the Scripture.

4. Across the Communion there is also evidence of ‘gaps’ between what might be called the ‘received wisdom’ of the Church (about Scripture) … and what actually happens in practice.

Full report is here.


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Adam Spencer

A sort of Reason “akin to that of a child” eh? Sounds familiar, Scriptural even…

Nikolaus Bergen

It is clear that you do not understand what is meant by “Reason” in this context. What I see is a reference to a very base form of reason, akin to that of a child. Just because we all filter the Bible does not mean that any of us is correct. What I see here is a relationship whereby God becomes subservient to Man’s will. But the opposite is true. God does not err, Man does. Mankind can “reason” all it wishes. But unless that “reason” has been educated by the teachings of Scripture, it is wrong. Yours & mine both.

Adam Spencer


With all due respect, I’m with Ann and the posters previous. In my understanding, all human religious activity is filtered through human beings and cultural/social/communal ideas, symbols and interactions. The Holy Spirit CERTAINLY works through the realities of this world and the people in it. But we (you and me, the Church Fathers, the Four Evangelists, St. Paul himself) cannot do or read or write anything apart from those very human (flesh-and-blood-and-reason-entwined) realities. That’s kind of what Incarnation and Sacramentality are all about, right? God being present IN and THROUGH the stuff of the world. After all, God came among us in the flesh as a JEWISH MAN in the FIRST CENTURY in a place called PALESTINE. Right? Or am I missing something?

(Caps for emphasis. I’m not e-yelling. Promise.)

Ann Fontaine

Without reason – you would not be able to read or understand anything – we all filter the Bible

Nikolaus Bergen

My dear children, I’m so sorry but you have clearly misread Mr. Hooker’s plain text. And as far as I can see the formulary above “it is reason which canonized Scripture” removes the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Once reason becomes the ground of faith, then the articles of the faith become tainted with all sorts of false doctrines. But then, that does seem to be precisely what has happened to the Episcopal church.

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