‘SLIPSTREAM ANGLICANS’ and the Sydney Diocese.

In the blogosphere of world-wide so-called ‘Anglicanism’, one finds many quaint and questionable labels purporting to represent the Churches around the world that were inspired by the original Church of England that arose from the historic Protestant Reformation in Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries of Christendom.

One of these is trumpeted as ‘Anglican Mainstream‘ – representing a much less than truly mainstream form of modern-day Anglicanism which survived the protestant parsimonious ’39-Articular Religion’ embraced and retained by the most avidly conservative wing of the Church and perpetuated by a faction, today, who strongly resist the more mature and Gospel-oriented view of humanity that has discarded heterosexual paternalistic normativity as its basic moral understanding in favour of a more generous and Godly thesis of creation that has been discovered to represent a more generously humane pattern of gender and sexual differentiation. One wonders whether the title ‘Anglican Slipstream’ might be more appropriate

In the light of today’s scientific and social acceptance of same-sex attraction as a given, natural and normal variant of human behaviour in the created order, for instance; the insistence on a celibate life-style as the sine qua none of Christian behaviour for innately same-sex attracted individuals is not only outdated, it is also inhumane and an offence towards a significant minority of people who are ‘created in the divine image and likeness’ as intrinsically ‘gay’. (This does not in any way discount the fact that some people who are naturally same-sex attracted do find consolation and fulfilment in a celibate life style; as clergy or Religious – Jesus spoke of these in the Gospel of Matthew as ‘eunuchs for the sake of the Kingdom of God’).

Thus, it may be argued that a conservative group of Christians with the self-attribution of. Mainstream Anglican, may yet prove to be more ‘Slipstream’ than ‘Mainstream’ – this latter title belonging, rather, to the more enlightened, loving and respectful entity connected with the real world, rather than the Calvinist world of ‘oughts and shoulds’.

Sadly, the more conservative side of world-wide Anglicanism – perpetuated in the present-day schismatic entity known as GAFCON, which itself has created competing quasi-anglican para-churches in several traditional Anglican Churches around the world – is assuming a false accreditation for itself as the only truly ‘orthodox’ Anglican Church, which is in itself an alarming misrepresentation of the original Church that still maintains the vision and comprehensiveness of the extant ‘Lambeth Quadrilateral’ hosted by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Lambeth Conference.

Sydney Diocese, which proclaims its own style of ‘Anglican orthodoxy’ stemming from Moore College, Sydney; is so far from ‘mainstream Anglicanism’; it threatens to break away (schism) from the Anglican Church in Australia if that Province allows for Same-Sex Blessings! How ‘Mainstream Anglican’ is that!

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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