Theology Thursday: When is a bishop not a bishop?
Posted by John Percival, 28 May 2015
When is a bishop not a bishop? It sounds like the beginning of a Christmas cracker joke, but it's actually a vital question to consider in the changing situation within the Church of England. Some opponents to the consecration of women to the episcopate have gone beyond the argument that a woman should not be a bishop to the position that a woman cannot be a bishop.
In the latest edition of Churchman, Daniel Hill, Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Liverpool, addresses the implications of this argument. He distinguishes the position that women cannot be consecrated as bishops (the ‘nullity’ view) from the position that women can, but should not, be consecrated (the ‘irregularity’ view). Without any presumption made as to the truth or falsity of the ‘nullity’ view, this article examines the wide-ranging implications of holding that view under the Canon Law of the Church of England.
Regarding the Five Guiding Principles, Hill writes
Formulary Friday: ‘This Child is Regenerate’
Posted by Tom Woolford, 22 May 2015
Tom Woolford considers an infamous line in the Prayer Book Baptism Service.
One of the most contentious parts of our Prayer Book is ‘that line’ in the baptism service: ‘seeing now this child is regenerate’. The line created a cause célèbre in the nineteenth century over a bishop’s refusal to institute George Gorham to an incumbency because of the latter’s denial of baptismal regeneration – a denial that his bishop argued put him outside the bounds of Anglican orthodoxy. In the court cases that followed, the meaning of both this line in the baptism service and the line in the Catechism that reads, ‘My Baptism wherein I was made a member of Christ,’ were vigorously debated.
Word on Wednesday: Ready For His Return!
Posted by Sophia Akouo , 20 May 2015
Paul Hancock from Trinity Buxton preached recently on 1 Thessalonians about being ready for the return of Jesus.
In his sermon from 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Paul Hancock talks about how believers can be ready for the return of Jesus.