Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Back to Front Church? II

In order to follow-up some of the things in the previous 'Back to front church' post, I wrote to the "Churchman" - publishers of the original article by Howard Marshall, asking where I could get a copy of it from.

In response to my e-mail they have dragged the archives, found the original and published it on their website here. I have no idea who they are, and haven't come across their journal before, awfully decent of them all the same though.

I think I'll wait until the kids are asleep and make a coffee first....

4 comments:

Steg said...

Skim-reading their website I think they are probably the evangelical wing of the Church of England. You can tell because of their attitude towards homosexuality and same sex unions (bad - only aswer is to repent and become celibate apparently) and Anglo Catholicism (also bad apparently, too much ritual). Whereas an Anglo Catholic wing would have far more about women priests (terrible in their view) and the possibility of full communion with Rome (pigs and flying spring to mind).

That Hideous Man said...

Steg - Thanks for your researches.

Endlessly Restless - Marshall's article proved to be worth tracking down, as would be expected from a scholar of his standing it is thorough and throught-provoking. You're suggestion of an amalgam of the two models, but with the 'arrows' weighted towards Marshall's emphasis, is probably closer to the whole of his argument.

Endlessly restless said...

I was thinking about this again today - as I was driving to work and listening to a sermon that covered Micah 6:8 - What is required? To act justly, love mercy, walk humbly with God - in contrast to the offering of thousands of rams etc.

It stikes me that most of Jesus' teaching follows a similar vein - i.e the emphasis more on service than "worship" as we would see it. Of course, there really shouldn't be a distinction at all.

That Hideous Man said...

Brodie has been posting on that text today: http://viewfromthebasement.typepad.com/