Anglo-Catholicism and the Role of the Church

As the orthodox Anglican alternatives to the TEC grow in strength, it has become pretty clear that the #1 division--in addition to the proliferation of purple shirts--that looms is the Anglo/Catholic vs. Evangelical divide.  A little history needs to be told to put this in perspective. When Parliament passed the Act of Supremacy, the control …

Nothing New Under the Sun: A Look at Current Events From the Past

There's a good deal going on these days, and we're tempted to comment on a lot of it.  Problem is, we already have in many cases.  So, just to make sure you know we haven't fallen asleep at the switch--or for those who didn't read it the first time--our idea is as follows: Barack Obama's …

At the Inlet: Introduction and Synopsis to Paludavia

Table of Contents and Overview for At the Inlet | Information and ordering instructions for all of our fiction Introduction At The Inlet is the immediate sequel to Paludavia, “the swamp road,” which takes place on the semi-tropical Island.  It is a sequel to that adventure only in the broadest sense of the word.  In …

Eternity is Still What Matters

In our posting on the "contract on the Episcopalians," we referenced a comment by the new Presiding Bishop about her disparagement of the importance of eternal life.  It's probably worthwhile to reproduce that particular dialogue (ADG is the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette; KJS is of course Katherine Jefferts-Schori): ADG: That reminds me of something else you said. …

Racial Attitudes: They Just Don’t Happen

The decidedly trashy outbursts--and frankly I can't think of another word to describe them--that some Brits have blurted out on their reality shows about non-white people are illuminating in two respects. First, it should put paid to the idea that Europeans are innately more "enlightened" on issues of race or any of the other politically …

The Baptismal Covenant: The Contract on the Episcopalians

In the agony that the slow separation of the Anglican Communion has become, one issue that has come up has been the business of the "baptismal covenant" that appears in TEC's 1979 prayer book.  This problem was discussed in an excellent article by Peter Toon, but it seems that there are broader issues here to …

Forget About the Guilt March. Just Give Them the Communion.

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York participated in a much publicised "guilt march" across the UK about the evil of slavery. But there's an easier and more substantial way to even the score: just let the Africans and their allies, including the descendants of slaves in the West Indies, take the lead in the Communion. …

Campaign 2008: Where It Ends Depends on Where the Candidates Started

The 2008 Presidential campaign has been underway since 2004, but only now has the list of candiates begun to congeal.  So how to winnow things down?  We've griped about the fact that Ronald Reagan was the last President that wasn't a product of an Ivy League school, either as an undergraduate, a graduate, or both.  …

It’s Not About Freedom Any More

The rather plaintive letter from the Rev. Mark Lawrence trying to explain why his departure from California to take his post as the new Bishop of South Carolina is being delayed is a sad commentary both on TEC and the left-wing boomers that presently dominate its leadership. His explanation of the process is about as …

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