Sunday, October 19, 2008

Inclusive and Irrelevant

George Will has a very good column today reviewing the diminishing status of the Anglican Church in the western world:

The Episcopal Church once was America's upper crust at prayer. Today it is "progressive" politics cloaked -- very thinly -- in piety. Episcopalians' discontents tell a cautionary tale for political as well as religious associations. As the church's doctrines have become more elastic, the church has contracted. It celebrates an "inclusiveness" that includes fewer and fewer members.

In England and the United States the church is in serious decline. In contrast, it is thriving and growing in Africa, where church leadership adhere more closely to the historical Christian faith.

As Mr. Will briefly notes, the Fort Worth Diocese will soon vote on whether to dissociate from the heterodox U.S. based Episcopal communion. One hopes that they will take this bold, even if unfortunate, step for biblical fidelity.

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