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Obedience to Wisdom

The assumption that Scripture is a book of positive law in which we find specific directives for the Church’s ordering requires us to ignore the whole question of the coherence of human nature and its goals, and the coherence of God’s own being.   235 more words

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Divine Will & Contemplation

In the Dublin Fragments Hooker shows his anxiety over a doctrine of absolute divine decrees divorced from a theology of the ‘natural’ will of God ‘to exercise his goodnes of his owne nature, by producing effects wherein the riches of the glorie thereof may appeare’ (section 27); and the sermons more than once reflect the pastoral implications of a debate over the primacy of absolute divine will.   95 more words

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Pontius Pilate and Karl Rove

Tom Wright is fond of repeating that God is putting the world to rights – not just ‘has’ or ‘will’ but ‘is’. Anyone familiar with his writings will be familiar with his concept of the Kingdom of God, which is something Jesus inaugurated and is an ongoing process. 662 more words

Advent and Disposable Society

Against my better judgment, I was out last Saturday afternoon, three weeks before Christmas, looking for a pair of black shoes.  I was scheduled for my first Sunday as a chalice bearer the next day and, as I am wont to do, I had waited until the last minute to look for the black shoes I needed to blend in with the black cassock that would be hovering just above them. 1,399 more words


Rowan Williams on Marriage

It’s a few years old, but so what? It’s still Williams, and on point.


Rowan Williams: Advent Calendar

Advent Calendar
Rowan Williams

He will come like last leaf’s fall.
One night when the November wind
has flayed the trees to bone, and earth…

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Poetry And Music

2016 and the collapse of global politics

In 1998 Nicholas Boyle wrote about our urgent need to imagine and construct a global politics capable of countering the destructive forces of a global market. 966 more words