There’s been some discussion in the blogsphere of late about trying to figure out various group’s motivations within the Anglican Communion.
One of the new ideas that I’ve seen bandied about is that there’s a large group of various strands of institutionalists at the center of the political spectrum in the Communion. (I think the terms used are “conservative and progressive institutionalists – or something along those lines.)
I’m not sure I can figure out if the term institutionalist is being used in pejorative way though. If it is, then I think the following post on the theological blog “Inhabitatio Dei” might be used to somewhat redeem the term:
“Here is my theological proposal: to speak of salvation is to speak of the church. Or, put differently when we say that God in Christ has saved the world, what we are really saying is that he has established the church. This is a radical claim, and I think that Ephesians 2:14-22 sheds some light on it.
For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it.”
As a very old fashioned Pusey-ite, I have a great deal of sympathy with this idea.
Read the rest here: Salvation & the Church
(Via Inhabitatio Dei.)