Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Alan Perry Appeals to Ignatius to Support the Liberal Cause

As usual, I'm a few days behind current events in my posting. An article in the Toronto Star has, among other things, "...Anglican canon law expert Rev. Alan Perry" appealing to letters by Ignatius from the early second century to claim that Christians owe their unquestioning and unconditional loyalty to their local bishop.

The ACoC liberals do indeed seem to be grasping at straws to support their case. The letters of Ignatius (he wrote seven of them as he was being taken to Rome, where he was martyred) can be found Here. (Click 'Next' for the rest of the letters, 'Prev' for some commentary on them.) Reading them, it think it is clear that he was writing to particular churches, encouraging them to be faithful their own particular bishops. I think it is a stretch to apply them to all churches over all intervening history. Perry, as I understand him in the Star article, would have us ascribe to these letters the same authority as Scripture, which of course, they are not. And of course, there's also the fact that liberals seem to call on tradition and history only when they think it helps their case, completely ignoring it, whistling and gazing skyward when it doesn't, which is most consistently the case.

More analysis of the Star article can be found Here

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