Is the CofE a Sect?

Geoff ChapmanFound, Linked, Thinking Out Loud0 Comments

“What has happened as a consequence of the decision by general synod is the Church of England no longer looks like a national church, it simply looks like a sect like any other sect”

So said Sir Tony Baldry, Second Church Estates Commissioner yesterday.

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”

So said someone else 2 millennia ago.  Surely that statement alone should be one of the most influential in shaping the policy and foundational principles of a church that desires to be “national”.

And here’s the inimitable Carl Trueman on the sect-like nature of the Church.

0 Comments on “Is the CofE a Sect?”

  1. Michael Horan

    Geoff
    I think I may have left this comment already somewhere in this electronic maze of yours. If so, that’s TWO places where you won’t see it, because I have a theory that you never look at these pages, whatever it is that you call them. Still, as I’ve said elsewhere (possibly), as an outside chance that you WILL read this — I’m looking forward to the day when the Church of England is disestablished, not because of any question of its being a sect, but because of the absurd political connections — bishops in the Lords, the monarch as the ‘head’ of the church, etc (we can look forward to the end of the monarchy, too, perhaps). My new book, ‘Church-going, Going, Gone!’ — out on April Fool’s day — imagines a world without the CofE and the other churches too, unfortunately.
    Michael Horan 8 April 2015

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