In music, in dance, and in joyful worship Conrad Noel molded Thaxted into an image of the heavenly Jerusalem.
How could Bishop Barnes, a Cambridge mathematician, have gone so badly wrong?
In the world that Augustine and Aquinas inhabited, created things and human institutions were interconnected with heavenly realities, knit together in Christ in whom “all things hold together” (Col. 1:17). We seem not to inhabit this world.
For the Oxford Movement, the interpretation of the Bible is inextricably bound up with the doctrine of the Incarnation and the sacraments, so that to neglect a sacramental or allegorical interpretation is in some way to fail to appreciate, or even to deny, these doctrines.
It is good that Christians are weird. The weirder we can be, the better.
We know that we want to build Christ-filled relationships, and we know that our faith calls us to try to build just communities with those suffering from oppression. But it can be hard to figure out how to go about doing these things.
Man does not live on Dostoevsky, or even the Criterion Collection, alone.