Friday, March 31, 2006

Is the Reformation Over?

As you may noticed, I've added two websites to the list. The first, Jesus Creed: Exploring the Significance of Jesus and the Orthodox Faith for the 21st Century, is a blog hosted by Scott McKnight, a fine Biblical scholar; the second, New Reformation Homepage: Christian Fundamentals without the Fundamentalism, is managed by Steve Falkenberg, friend and professor emeritus of EKU.

Although a good many threads, links, and comments on each are well worth examining, reading, pondering, responding to, I recommend for the nonce that you take a look at Is the Reformation Over? and the many comments the question has generated. The initial posting begins this way:

A purple theology believes that to one degree or another the Reformation is over. By that it means that the Reformation’s summons of the Church to return to the Bible (sola scriptura) and to faith as the sole means of justification (sola fide) and to grace alone as that which saves us (sola gratia) has done its job. Those are no longer the central issues.

Has the time come for those sola-cutting instruments to admit that they did the job and that they have influenced Catholics and the Orthodox, and that there is therefore now a moment for us one more time to come together?

Take a look at what's going on over there and let us know if you think we might wish to run the question through our conversations here.

By the way, if you know of someone who might be interested in what's here at Anthrakia, let me know so I can send an invitation to participate to her or him.


Blogger Mason Smith said...

Wouldn't it be wonderful if the various Christian traditions could grow together again, like a broken bone mending itself--now stronger in the mend than it was before the break?

I would love to be able to pray the prayers of the ancient church as part of our worship. I would love to take part in traditions that have been meaningful for Christians since the early centuries.

I don't want to feel cut off from the mighty river of Christian thought, even if that river originates in streams of Catholic, Orthodox or even Coptic thought.

Has the Roformation done its job? Are we ready to grow together again--one church in many living traditions--all heading for the Ocean of God? I hope so.

Best wishes,
Mason Smith

Friday, 31 March, 2006  

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