Rationality and Faith

[Faith is not] a matter of ‘irrational phenomena’.  My rationality, my rational power of thought, is merely a part, a particular function of my nature; when however I ‘believe’, in either sense, my entire being is engaged, the totality of my nature enters into the process, indeed this becomes possible only because the relationship of…

Humility and “Irony”

That Anglican guides should avoid, and if possible forbid, spiritual “tension” is worth a heading to itself.  This evil is very prevalent, yet completely inconsistent with almost everything for which English spirituality stands.  Empirical guidance, not dogmatic direction; affectiveness curbed by doctrine; recollection, continuous and gentle, not set periods of stiff devotion; domesticity not militarism;…

The Church in Each One of Us

We experience individually what the Church experiences;  her dangers are ours, and her battles are ours too.  If the Church were, in each one of us, more faithful to her mission, she would doubtless often be more loved, as her Master was loved.  She would be more readily listened to; certainly she would–again like him–…

Here is an incredible essay by John Milbank on the state of the Anglican Church.  It contains some propositions for change that are in accord with the Ecclesial University and the Society for the Life of the Parish.  Read it and be inspired:   After Rowan: The Coherence and Future of Anglicanism http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2012/04/04/3470498.htm

A Generative Question

What does it mean to speak with theological imagination from within crises of life and death rather then in scholastic universes and out of the disposition of scholastic reason in the mode of the religious, the disposition whose condition of possibility turns from such painfully real worlds? – J. Kameron Carter, Race

On Preaching

Only a proclamatory word spoken to me can free me from myself, a word that so challenges me to live from God’s future rather than from my possessed life that such eschatological existence is the only possibility open in the moment of hearing, that in the event of this word the future of God and…