Thanks to Kendall Harmon of titusonenine fame for bringing to our attention Why Canon Anderson Got It Wrong -- a response (just posted by Arun Arora to the Diocese of York's website) to David Anderson's recent ramblings: Why the Archishop of York got it wrong.
Anyway, do go read it all ... but here are my favorite bits (Quite cheered me up after watching the Dodgers get swept by the Diamondbacks ... grrrr!):
He starts with this contextualizer which I can't resist sharing: Most people who have ever entered into an online debate will be familiar with the concept of Godwin’s Law. This law – formulated by Mike Godwin in the 1990s – suggests as an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler becomes inevitable. This is not to say that the comparison will be right or justified, but rather that at some point the comparison will be made.
A rather similar law feels like it is taking shape in the debates over the future of the Episcopal Church in the United States. As the discussions grow longer, the probability of a comparison with Bishop John Shelby Spong becomes inevitable. The comparison may be unjustified or incorrect but as debates rage, the invocation of Jack Spong becomes inescapable.
AMEN, Arun! Amen! How great would it be to call "game over" on the Spongization of discourse across the theological divide?
But as much as I loved that part, more germaine is this gist of Arora's rebuttal to Canon (why he's still calling himself that since the honorific came from the Apostate Diocese of Los Angeles still confuses me) Anderson: By using such a broad brush to attack the Episcopal Church as a whole, Canon Anderson conveniently whitewashes the testimony daily offered up by all those faithfully reciting the creeds and liturgy that bear evidence to those doctrines which he alleges have been abandoned. The orthodox voice of the multitude is drowned out and ignored in Anderson’s analysis in favour of selective quotation from the fringe.
Where Anderson & Sentamu do agree is the place of Christ at the centre of doctrinal statements. Hence the Archbishop of York’s recent comment to a newspaper that: “the thing that unites all Christians is our faith in the God and Father of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and what makes us Christians is that we participate in the death and resurrection of Christ” would likely be agreed with by Anderson who argues that there are those in The Episcopal Church who cannot be relied upon to share such a belief.
So add me to the list! I'm TOTALLY good-to-go with "what makes us Christians is that we participate in the death and resurrection of Christ." I'm GREAT with Christ at the centre (or "center" on this side of the pond!) of doctrinal statements. I even shlepped all the way to Nottingham a few years ago with a bunch of other Episcopalians to "present our case" to the Anglican Consultative Council. Remember? The apologia entitled "To Set Our Hope On Christ?"
Not good enough for Anderson and the AAC bunch but then, at this point most of us have recognized that nothing we can say or do will be. Oh well ...
The good news it really doesn't have to be ... and the OTHER good news is that voices of sanity from York are pointing to the core values of historical Anglicanism as received through the centuries rather than kowtowing to the hysterical Anglicanism as reinvented by Anderson et al.
So thanks, Arun Arora! Bravo, well said, here-here, Amen! (Now if you can do something about those Dodgers and their pathetic offense ... :)