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Sunday, July 27, 2008

What would Jesus do?

The simplest way of describing the rupture at the heart of the 80million strong Anglican Communion is to say that the socially conservative religious traditions of Africans, traditions are at odds with socially liberal mores of the rich world, especially over the issue of same sex unions or homosexuality. This adherence to the traditional fundamentalist strain was bequeathed to the early African church by the Victorian missionaries.

Led by the fiery Archbishop Peter Akinola of Nigeria, the traditional conservative wing of the Anglican Church took the first steps towards forming an alternative pan-Anglican forum. Bishops from Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda and Uganda are among the 230 or so prelates who are staying away from the Lambeth.

I find the position taken by the African Bishops self righteous. This seems to me like what the pious Pharisees would do. It departs from the fundamental tenets of love, forgiveness.

What would Jesus do?

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