Tag Archives: Liberalism

Ask an Anglican: What’s in a Name?

That’s what Juliet asked in Shakespeare’s famous love story gone wrong. And in our own love story gone wrong, the modern Church, it is a question that gets asked fairly often as well. Thus, Matty writes: With all the different … Continue reading

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Evolving Words and the Word of God

Among the many podcasts I listen to is the Slate program Lexicon Valley which is kind of a pop exploration of all things language related, think Radio Lab but with words instead of science. A recent episode discussed the way in which words evolve … Continue reading

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How to Stand for Classical Anglicanism in the Midst of Anglican Pluralism

It is very difficult to speak of Anglicanism these days without a modifier. There is no longer Anglicanism but rather Anglicanisms. Catholic Anglicanism, Evangelical Anglicanism, Liberal Anglicanism, Charismatic Anglicanism, Calvinist Anglicanism, even Lutheran Anglicanism. And within each of those groups, there are … Continue reading

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Where We Start and Where We Finish

Whether systematic or not, all theologies rely on a set of underlying philosophical principles. Sometimes these principles are openly acknowledged, sometimes not, but either way the end point of a given theology is largely determined by where you start. This … Continue reading

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Satisfaction’s Guarantee

Classical Anglicanism is all about the atonement. The liturgies of the prayer book are saturated with the blood of the cross. This is a scandal to the world and an embarrassment to many modern Christians. As Fr. Gavin Dunbar has … Continue reading

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Fight For Your Right to Parties

One of the developing facets of Anglicanism since the nineteenth century has been the introduction of church parties. Anglo-Catholicism, Evangelicalism and Liberalism all owe their existence as distinct positions on the Anglican landscape to late eighteenth and nineteenth century movements … Continue reading

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Real Church Growth

I have had the honor of participating in some truly wonderful conversations lately with smart thinkers from across the Episcopal Church, orthodox men and women who see a future for Anglicanism to be hopeful for, in this country and abroad. … Continue reading

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The Right and Wrong Way to Be a Pastor

Justification and how we are saved is still very much a live wire in Christian dialogue today, as I think we have proved on this blog several times over. Nevertheless, while there are very real differences between how Roman Catholics … Continue reading

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The Myth of the Big Tent Church

A while back, I heard someone describe Anglicanism as an effort to get Thomas Aquinas and John Calvin to sit together in the same pew. At the time, I thought that was fairly clever, but in retrospect I realize that … Continue reading

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Praying Twice: The Church’s One Foundation

As Fr. Stephen Freeman has so eloquently put it, “For human beings, the Church is what salvation looks like.” This is a frightening thought for some and a downright scandalous notion for others. There is a virulent strain of American … Continue reading

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