Tuesday, September 16, 2008

A "new faith" with which to dialogue?

We have a good and healthy dialogue relationship with the Uniting Church here in the Glorious See of Melbourne. But I am not sure whether to put this one ("New faith throws out the Ten Commandments") under the category of "ecumenism" or "interfaith" relations? And might it not rather be a case which calls from "constructive dialogue and open listening" within the Uniting Church itself?

What I do wonder is what St Michael's is actually up to. Why go to all this expense to evangelise with this "new gospel" (which infact is actually rather dated and not all that "new" these days - Bishop Spong has been preaching it for decades)? I mean, I can understand the reason for proclaiming the gospel of the sacrificial death and resurrection of the only begotten incarnate Son of God to all nations - but if all truth is relative, what's the point in preaching this one particular take on "truth" so enthusiastically?

1 Comments:

At Thursday, September 18, 2008 8:19:00 am , Anonymous matthias said...

Is this a new faith, a heresy or a Francis MacNab psychomoment?
Probably all three. but as ther Book of proverbs says
" there is nothing new under the sun". Just a feel good religion that lets people forget their failings- and reduces Jesus to a shadow. Perhaps Jung or Freud will be elevated.The saddest thing is that the UCA hierarchy is as theologically bereft.

 

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