Thursday, April 17, 2003
From a Barlow Farms Comment by Rev Michael Pahls:
"A single, universal communion would need to be a big tent, with room for the individual genius of discrete charisms and practices.
"Western Protestants are probably the biggest obstacle to this development because we are the most unwilling to become self-critical. In our own Presbyterian/Reformed communion, for example, our ways of articulating (dogmatics) and celebrating (liturgics) the Christian faith are (almost) incorrigibly Western, Caucasian, and Modern. Our unwillingness to be reformed by the witness of Scripture as articulated by a global, multi-ethnic, and largely pre-modern Church makes us a chief offender when it comes to the pervasive fractures in the single Body of Christ. Far from being Rome's failure or Constantinople's failure, or even Azuza Street's failure, it is because we are unable to sufficiently speak with a global voice that we stand a poor chance of gaining the consent of the worldwide faithful."
Update (Friday, April 18): The Barlow Farms post was deleted; here's its replacement.
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