Friday, February 16, 2007

Primates Dis-Integrate

African Anglican church leaders, also known as primates, refused to take communion at the Holy Table with the head of the U.S. Episcopal Church. The abstainers had this to say:

"We are unable to come to the Holy Table with the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church because to do so would be a violation of Scriptural teaching and the traditional Anglican understanding," the archbishops said in a posting on the Church of Nigeria Web site.

It appears the worldwide Anglican Church is headed for yet another Christian split. From a rebellious Jew (known as the Son of God to Christians) arose some 38,000 denominations.

The tendency to divide over differences and ignore our common humanity expresses itself in other forms. From 57 countries at the start of the 20th century arose 192 nations in 2000.

Humanity cycles between integration and disintegration. Where would you peg our world today? Is dividing over difference winning over joining on commonality? How much “with us” does one have to be? It appears Bush and the other Primates expect exact replicas…

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