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Letters to AO

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Letters from 30 January to 5 February 2006

Like all letters to the editor everywhere, these letters are the opinions of the writers and not Anglicans Online. We publish letters that we think will be of interest to our readers, whether we agree with them or not. If you'd like to write a letter of your own, click here.

Incarnation and interactivity

Thank you! for your brief but profound and helpful essay on the diocese and incarnation in this week's cover letter. It is a clear, thoughtful and suggestive argument and one that I hope will stimulate response.

The Reverend Donald Rogan
Harcourt Parish
Gambier, Ohio, USA
30 January 2006

'Schism begets more schism'

"Let's say a hotheaded priest finds he cannot abide his bishop or the positions and perspectives of the majority of the people in his diocese. He cannot bear any longer to work within the existing canonical and juridical systems for change. Should he not be willing to put his life over the line, so to speak, and find another patch in his national Anglican church where he can move house, to live and work with more peace of mind and heart?"

So then, may I assume that we can look forward to the day when the Church of England will be returning those lovely mediaeval cathedrals and parish churches to the Bishop of Rome? No? Well, why not?

The lesson here, I would submit, is that schism just begets more schism. We can say that the one in the sixteenth century was justified, and these newer ones are not; but that just erects Bishop Griswold as a latter day Pope Paul IV.

(And I say this as a member of a traditionalist Anglo-Catholic parish, which has welcomed Bishop Bennsion and his predecessors, and thus without a dog in this race.)

Paul Goings
St. Clement's, Philadelphia
Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, USA
30 January 2006

'Keep the stones underfoot and out of hands'

Re: editorial of 29 January 2006 I quite agree with the opinion about not circumventing local dioceses with cyber-bishops or other electronic oversight. However, I would like to suggest to those who find their understandings of Christianity and its Anglican expression in their local dioceses out of step with their own, to live with the disagreement and work through them.

Why must one flee from disagreement or even impassioned argument? Better is to argue, then pray, and continue to love one another, keeping the stones underfoot and out of hands. Please do all of that, and then stand side by side, together, at the communion rail. We are Brothers and Sisters in Christ, even in our disagreements.

W.J. Arnold, PhD
St Mark's Church
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA
31 January 2006

Cathedral Chapter enquiry

Hello friends, I edit an Anglican magazine in my Cathedral Church and I have been asked to publish about the formation and importance of a Cathedral Chapter. Am wondering where I can get good relaible information on this subject. Thanks very much for your assistance.

Jane Gitau
All Saints Cathedral
Kampala, UGANDA
3 February 2006

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Two different worlds

For anyone who has struggled with questions of faith and theology, the following may be of some interest. If one takes as a premise that faith and theology are incommensurable (impossible to measure or compare) with reason and science, then two things ensue. First, it ends the long history of futile attempts to reconcile faith and theology with reason and science. Second, it opens new vistas for both theological and scientific inquiry.

James Blake Thomas
Trinity Church, Castine, Maine
Penobscot, Maine, USA
4 February 2006

Earlier letters

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