Friday, 3 July 2009

The Other Charles Raven

Having just written a piece for Episcopal Café I don't want to repeat myself here at least too much. All I would say here then is that Charles Raven has just written a piece - probably one of his best - which underlines my argument that the first target of FCA Conservative Evangelicalism is what they call 'Liberal Evangelicals' or might be better called Open Evangelicals (I see nothing much liberal in what Tom Wright writes, nor from the increasingly conservative Andrew Goddard, nor in what Graham Kings writes though he seems broader in personality and debate). Both Graham Kings and his ice cold glacier and Andrew Goddard with his hanging around but not joining in have written against the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (FCA) launch. In a much more broadly sweeping article, taking in Rowan Williams and Tom Wright, Charles Raven goes after Fulcrum in total - history to the present. He is a little naughty bringing Christina Rees into it, because although she was there at the Fulcrum launch she has since moved on and is much more clearly inclusivist with her feminism.

The evangelical division is out in the open, but of course that is the very thing that FCA wants to expose and then overcome by it taking over the agenda. First you weaken those nearby until they cease to matter, and then you go after the real intended opposition that is never possible all the time there is disagreement in the evangelical camp. The first approach is to start picking off the most conservative of Open Evangelicals into your own body, and then the criticism will get going to undermine the Anglican 'institutionalists' and 'nationalists' and compromisers with "false teaching" (a phrase repeated ad nauseum into the Fulcrum boards by the cracked record approach of one Conservative Evangelical commenter, seeking 'unity' on his terms, in his intention to drive everyone there bonkers by repetition until their submission).


Tim Goodbody said...

crucially of course, Raven is no longer an Anglican, so he is throwing stones from outside the glasshouse.

Pluralist (Adrian Worsfold) said...

I would say his is an Independent Anglican, and indeed there are Episcopi Vagantes type independent Anglicans on the far right. Whether he is or not, he is well in with FCA and will be directing some of the entryist traffic either informally or formally.

Anonymous said...

It seems to me that you have clearly read "The Prince" pluralist.


Pluralist (Adrian Worsfold) said...

I haven't, actually, though I know about it. I just read enough about the lefties in politics and have been interested in politics and its methods.