If we look on Anglican divisions and blame only other parties, seeing no good in them and no fault in us, we have not yet come to the fullness of Christian love, repentance, and unity in truth.
Our Lord’s prayer on the night before he died remains painfully unfulfilled.
What causes our divisions? Why do weak and heretical doctrines persist? I wish I didn’t find a solitary cave to be such a compelling option when I’m overcome by discouragement over the state of our Communion.
Jordan Hylden and Keith Voets have offered the Episcopal Church a commendable perspective on the future of our life together. Is the vision workable? Let me offer some brief remarks aimed at partially answering this question.
Those with power need to see the minority as able to accomplish something that the majority cannot. Such a realization is usually salutary for the powerful.
We fear that a revised prayer book would not be written for the church committed to the Bible and the faith of the apostles, but for the church of Moralistic Therapeutic Deism, with all particularistic and judgmental edges shorn off.
If we are indeed to hold together as a church and a Communion, we need a framework and a shared understanding that will last.
We write as priests of the Episcopal Church, which has now institutionalized doctrinal disagreement on the nature of Christian marriage.