According to Bishop Butler, Scripture is God’s instrument to separate the sheep from the goats and to order both according to his intentions.
“I AM WHO I AM,” God told Moses (Exod. 3:14). God has a name. But, unlike ours, his Name perfectly expresses what and who he is. “Jeff” is an arbitrary noise, an arbitrary signature, that has no intrinsic connection to a person who by no means has to exist. “Jeff” expresses nothing.
The real sign of hope is that God continues to raise up faithful people, that they continue to build solid friendships within the ACoC, and that the unique bonds of affection we have with each other, our Communion, and with the Indigenous North are being strengthened despite the centrifugal forces of division.
Is marriage God's “pastoral response” to our hurt and suffering?
Either we consume him, recognizing him in the bread and in the gathered community, or he consumes us.
The report seeks a unique definition of marriage for same-sex partners, but never provides it. Instead, it resorts to an unrelated analogy.
Monism is all rather heady, but it bears on several theological topics, including Christology and ecclesiology.