All posts filed under: Centrists

Christopher Evans: Common Prayer Anglicans

Centrists / General Convention

Christopher has written up his thoughts on a piece by Nathan Humphrey wherein Nathan suggests a different binary set of lenses to use when viewing the parties in the Anglican Communion: Federalists and Covenanters. After pointing out that these two categories may in fact be different than those suggested before (liberal/conservative or reasserter/reappraiser), the whole enterprise of trying to put people in camps within Anglicanism automatically leads to throwing the Anglican baby out with the […]

Losing the devil’s advocate

Centrists / Religion

From “Basilica” by R.A. Scotti; “A mere fifty years after its unity fractured, the Catholic Church was reborn, more confident than ever, but increasingly closed. The resurgent Church became cautious, not humble. Orthodoxy became paramount. What was lost was not munificence but magnanimity – that largeness of spirit that made anything possible, that allowed every voice and cockamamie idea to be aired. The church that had invented the term devil’s advocate to raise intellectual challenges […]

Butler Bass: Post-Modern Progressives

Centrists / Religion

Diana Butler Bass has another great essay up – this time she tries to explain why the old categories of “liberal” and “conservative” are failing as we try to describe what is starting to take root in theological and ecclesiastical conversations. She describes herself as a post-modern, post-partisan, neo-pragmatic progressive and then writes of the rise of post-liberalism: “‘Post-liberalism,’ a post-modern theology, has transformed into a new sort of post-modern progressive Christianity. It moves beyond […]

Bishop Whalon reflects on the proposed Anglican Covenant

Centrists / General Convention

There’s a wonderful essay posted by Bishop Whalon on his reflections regarding the proposed Anglican Covenant. It’s motivated in part by wanting to have something for the Anglican Consultative Council which is meeting this month, but it’s driven (it seems to me) by his recent close reading of a book by Prof. Norman Doe on the Covenant process. Bishop Whalon’s essay really deserves to be read in full. Here’s just a taste: “The large majority […]

Jesus’ silence and the questions facing the Communion

Centrists / Religion

Wonderful post by Ben Myers entitled “Alfred Hitchcock, the Church, and the silence of Jesus” of which this is just a part: “In his remarkable book, Christ on Trial, Rowan Williams suggests that what we mean when we speak of God’s transcendence ought thus to be refracted through what he calls the ‘obstinate uselessness’ of Jesus’ silence before his accusers. ‘If we are really to have our language about the transcendence – the sheer, unimaginable […]

Stop scapegoating the “other”

Centrists / Religion

I’ve written here before of the danger of trying to find ways to blame others for the tensions that exist in society and personal relationships. Some of the most noxious examples of the last century were the ways that anti-semitism was used in Eastern and Western Europe to rally people during the times of economic depression by blaming the hard-times on the capitalist “jews”. In this past ten years here in the United States most […]

Reading the tea leaves, what the Bishop of Rochester’s surprise retirement signifies

Centrists / Religion

I’ve tried to avoid talking about the internal politics of the Anglican Communion for the last year or so. My doing so wasn’t helping resolve things at all, and it wasn’t good for the people that I serve in ministry. When I have commented on such things, it’s been over on Episcopal Café, a site that is more focused on all things Episcopal/Anglican and where we do careful reporting on what’s going on. But the […]

Human mental chaotic metastates – the Brain is Anglican!

Centrists / Religion / Science

This is just cool. Apparently there’s a recent study that finds that human mind (biologically speaking) functions by existing in a meta-stable equilibrium state that is just bordering between total chaos and organization. The equilibrium state is a critical phenomenon! (I know it as a regime of phase transition very very close to the boundary between one phase and another, which was the area of my doctoral research.) According to a report: “Self-organized criticality (where […]

Wintertime in Phoenix

Centrists / Peak Oil / Religion

I woke up this morning and the bedroom was 70 degrees. So I climbed out of bed, wearing my warm sleep pants, turtleneck and thick socks and added a fleece vest, slippers and a warm robe. It’s good to be well fortified against the cold. The odd thing is that I’m not exaggerating. Having lived here in Phoenix for three winters now, 70 degrees really does feel uncomfortably cold. Going outside in 50 degree weather […]

A Place to Know the Other

Centrists / Current Affairs / Religion

As I write this message there are less than 24 hours until the early results of the 2008 Presidential election are to be announced. We don’t know who is going to be elected whether to the Presidency or to a number of Senate seats around the country, or to the House seats that are suddenly being fought over even here in Arizona. What we do know is that no matter what happens there are going […]