On the Brink
Those interested in following the current agonia of the Anglican Communion would do well to bookmark Articles of Faith, the weblog of Ruth Glendhill, the religion correspondent for the London Times. Also interesting is a thoughtful analysis of the conflict posted on the First Things blog by Jordan Hylden. That a post on FT would be critical of the TEC position is not surprising, but Hylden also has some pointed things to say about the “brinksmanship” of Archbishop Akinola and his fellow evangelicals.
The Anglican Communion’s internal struggles clearly have implications for the Catholic Church. The Anglican Communion is not the only Christian community where the global South is playing an increasingly influential role. A breakup of the Communion would probably strengthen the hand of those within the Church who are skeptical that ecumenical dialogue with the churches of the Reformation will bear much fruit. It also does not bode well for those who would like to see, for example, stronger national churches that have more authority over everything from the translation of texts to the appointment of bishops. Those who oppose such reforms will almost certainly point to the Anglican experience as a cautionary warning. Those who support them had better have a good response.