Monday, June 23, 2008


Ekklesia Press Release, 23.06.08: Anglican wrangling about sexuality and authority in the church is missing the big picture about how the relationship between religion and society is changing, says a new book from the think tank Ekklesia to be published next week.

Christians need to be beacons of hope, not signs of decay, it argues, suggesting that the 'conservative versus liberal' stereotype disguises a deeper tension between establishment religion and the Christian message of radical transformation.

With a preface by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, who declares, "in God's family, there are no outsiders, no enemies", Fear or Freedom? Why a warring church must change, is edited by Ekklesia co- director Simon Barrow.

The book contains essays by clergy, a peace activist, an equalities adviser and two New Testament professors. It is aimed at substantially challenging the argument that will take place at the Lambeth Conference of Anglican bishops in July. Continued here.


Anonymous said...

"In God's family, there are no outsiders, no enemies."

I think that kind of discernment is the difference between textual idolatry (and sometimes just plain poor reading comprehension) and responding to our traditions with our own hearts and minds at their best.

Simon Barrow said...

Me too, Paul. Nicely put.