Fr. Jones has posted an essay in which he does a close examination of the use of norms in Archbishop Akinola’s writing. Fr. Jones says, in part:
“Archbishop Akinola asserts as a matter of principle that issues like this one are worth dividing the Church over — because, he says, ‘two cannot go together except if they agree.’ This is a bizarre principle to assert in an Anglican tradition where many have disagreed over the meaning of baptism, eucharist, ordination, salvation, biblical interpretation, and more, and yet managed not to divide.
Archbishop Akinola reveals that his theology is little different than the Calvinist Reformed theology of modern day conservative evangelical protestants. It is a theology which reflects a kind of ‘sola scriptura’ basis. The claim is that the Bible is all that is needed in all questions of ethics – ancient and modern; that the Bible is not only sufficient to salvation (the classical Anglican claim) but is also a fully comprehensive road map to how to live rightly in every age. There is no recognition that there are some questions which the Bible is not particularly clear on — and that there are others where the Bible’s clarity is no longer abided by faithful people. In other words, apart from the structure of the Nigerian Church — with its clergy orders and Prayer Book worship — the Nigerian Church appears to be a very Calvinist Reformed evangelical protestant church which has adopted the theological and scientific thinking of the 17th century. If this kind of Anglicanism is to be ‘the new standard of excellence’ in the Anglican Communion, then a new day is indeed dawning. The sad news is that preaching the Gospel of a crucified and resurrected Lord Jesus, seeking numerical and spiritual growth for churches, and sharing God’s saving love in ministry does not require adopting an extreme Calvinist evangelical protestant theological framework or an anti-intellectual stance that exhibits extreme ignorance of the discoveries of modern science.”
I’m struck especially by the initial paragraph in this quote. It’s pointing out the same point that I’ve tried to make as well.
Read the rest here: Anglican Centrist Looks at Primate of Nigeria’s Theology