Monthly Archives: January 2020

Why Classical Christian Education?

Hundreds of Christian schools have cropped up around the country in recent decades dedicated to the project of “classical education.” But what on earth do we mean by “classical”? A Blast from the Past In common usage, the word “classical” usually means either something similar to “classic,” in the sense of “the older, better, original…

All That is Not True About Nicea II

Of Anglicans and Ecumenical Councils INTRODUCTION Anglo-Catholics (of whom I count myself one) frequently appeal to the “seven ecumenical councils” as a source of authority for Christian dogma. On the face of it, this seems to be a rather solid place to put down one’s doctrinal anchor, but is it? Upon closer examination, two contrary…

The Ebbing

She was beginning to mislay our names And also where she came from, who she was— Her childhood inside house and orchard walls, The fruit as warm as sunshine on her palm: The words that should have held the world fell back. Yet in her gestures, there was mystery And something luminous that tried to…

John Boys and the Tradition of Prayer Book Commentary

For Anglicans, commentary on our liturgy has been — more than in any other tradition — one of the main vehicles for exploring, explaining, and debating our doctrine. This has led to some unfortunate exaggerations, like the false notion that Anglicans don’t have a theology, only set forms of prayer. Nevertheless, as Archbishop Ramsey liked…

The Glowing Door

  After Reading the Poetry of Jones Very,        Unitarian and Mystic (1813-1880)      Jones Very stood alone, within a circle which no other       of mortal race could enter, nor himself escape from.         Nathaniel Hawthorne, “The Hall of Fantasy” *          but then face to face        …

Holy Orders and Headship

In October, the Rev. Dr. Emily McGowin wrote an article defending women’s ordination against objections from those who insist only a man can become a priest and administer rites in persona Christi. There have been several responses to her article already, and I do not want to simply echo those articles. But McGowin raised a…

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