29 April 2007

Pay Sarah a visit. You'll be glad you did.

Sarah Dylan Breuer is doing a great thing at her blog. She had proposed a list of things that progressives and conservatives can agree on, and she invites conversation. To whet your appetite, here's the beginning of her list. Check out what others have added.
  • Jesus is Lord.
  • Jesus and the God who created the universe are one.
  • The Old and New Testaments were inspired by God, and are useful for teaching and Christian formation (a la 2 Timothy 3:16-17).
  • Jesus of Nazareth was an actual historical person who was born of Mary, gathered disciples and taught, healed, and confronted evil powers in ministry the first-century Roman province of Palestine, and was crucified under Pontius Pilate's authority.
  • Jesus of Nazareth was and is the Christ of God.
  • The God of Israel raised Jesus of Nazareth from the dead. I know some Christians struggle with this, but I believe this was a bodily resurrection, and the tomb was empty (and John Dominic Crossan never persuaded me that there was no tomb).
I think we do well to spend more time on activities like these, rather than tearing apart those who differ from us on this or that issue. This reminds me of something Bishop Chilton Knudsen said last fall at Provincial Convocation. She said that when she's asked by a parish or a group to come and talk about the controversies of the day, she agrees only when she can give equal time to those things on which Anglicans agree (e.g. the Nicene Creed). Bravo Sarah, and bravo Bishop Chilton.

Tip of the biretta to t19.

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