Thursday 17 January 2008

One Wheel on My Wagon...

Richard Turnbull managed to say in five minutes to Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando what he said in in about fifteen in the video of his October 2006 speech to Reform. He is developing links with this theological college; students go to Wycliffe for example. The website states:

We at RTS-Orlando boldly stand in the tradition of Luther and Calvin. We believe that spiritual movements begin with passionate hearts and orthodox faith. We believe that together we form a transformational confessing community, a place in which the Word of God is lifted up, hearts and minds are spiritually formed, and students are sent out into the world to make a difference.

Ah yes the Calvin who burnt Miguel Servetus alive, and the Luther who spewed out a good dose of anti-semitism. I never regard these holy people as quite so holy as some of these Protestants.

In five minutes Richard Turnbull spoke on the subject of We are Hamstrung on the Ever-Widening Definition of 'Evangelical'.

Peace and love among evangelicals then, to be continued in his strategic fashion. His quickie followed a lecture on the Gospel of John by his ideological bedfellow and Vice-Principal Dr Simon Vibert.

Dr Turnbull spoke of the need to reclaim the authority of the Holy Scriptures as the sole foundation of faith and life and this is a core value for his leadership at Wycliffe Hall.

In other words, the sacking of Dr Elaine Storkey and all the rest are part of getting rid of being hamstrung, she and they presumably being of the wrong kind of evangelical.

Along with point one Recovering Sola Scriptura comes point two Recovering Reformed Theology: Bringing the Anglican Church back to its Reformed Heritage.

Somebody might tell him, of course, that the Anglican Church has more than a Reformed theology.

On top of this his third point was that he thinks a spirituality that connects "the head and the heart" needs recovering - the Need to Recover Spirituality.

Presumably this means a Reformed Protestant head and its cold heart. It's as if no one else has a spirituality, or that it is headless.

To get an omelette you have to crack eggs, and this man has been cracking eggs. However, others may have a different view about the costs of cracking other eggs - requiring compensation for wrongful dismissal. He does not obviously wish to be hamstrung, but he may find the sectarian spirit going the way sects do once this GAFCON gets going - developing an Anglican Sect more than altering the Anglican Church.

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