Muslim Priest and Buddhist Bishop-Elect Are Raising Questions About Syncretism
There are 2 comments on the www.christianitytoday.com story from Mar 27, 2009, titled Muslim Priest and Buddhist Bishop-Elect Are Raising Questions About Syncretism. In it, www.christianitytoday.com reports that:
Jesus saves, the Episcopal Church teaches, but a growing number of its clergy and leaders believe other faiths may lead to salvation as well.
Long divided and distracted by questions of sexual ethics, the Episcopal Church (along with most mainline Protestant communities) are facing a cultural and theological shift towards religious pluralismthe belief that there are diverse paths to God.The debate is not just academic. In two current cases, Episcopal clergy are under scrutiny for practicing and promoting other religions. On February 12 a devotee of Zen Buddhism was elected bishop of the Episcopal Church's Northern Michigan diocese. Meanwhile, a Seattle-area priest has been given until March 30 to decide whether she is a Muslim or a Christian as her bishop will not permit her to profess both faiths ...
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#1 Mar 27, 2009
"... the spread of syncretism within mainstream Christianity is an even greater threat to the church than the 2003 election of a gay bishop, Episcopal theologian Kendall Harmon of South Carolina told Christianity Today. It imperils interfaith dialogue by detaching Christianity from its doctrinal and historical core, he argued.'To be a Christian is to worship Jesus,' Harmon said.'To lose that is to lose the center of Christian truth and identity.'"
#2 Mar 27, 2009
This is the very thing that I tried to tell BG around Christmas time. TEC, as an organization, professes one thing but many clergy members say and do something completely different Sunday after Sunday.
The two cases cited in the article are just the proverbial "tip of the iceberg." They are the most visible because of the press they have received. The real issue is the subtle assault on Christian theology that occurs week after week.
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