Recently on the Sydney Anglicans website a froum has been spiritually discussing NT Wright and the New Perspective. Following the suggestion of one fiery editor of a christian media company, debate has now turned to the question of whether or not Bishop Tom can be considered truly Anglican, what ever that means.
And that is precisely my question. What is Anglicanism? Classically it has defined by the The Paryer Book (Book of Common Paryer of Course), and the Ordinal (and the accompaning three orders of ministry), and the 39 Articles of Religion. Recently however, Anglicanism has come to be defined through one's relationship with the Archbishop of Canterbury. This is based on a. invitation to the Lambeth Conference (held once every 10 years), and b. the Lambeth-Chicago Quadrilateral:
- The Holy Scriptures, as containing all things necessary to salvation;
- The Creeds (specifically, the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds), as the sufficient statement of Christian faith;
- The dominical sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion;
- The historic episcopate, locally adapted.
"The word 'Anglican' begs a question at once. I have simply taken it as referring to the sort of Reformed Christian thinking that was done by those (in Britain at first, then far more widely) who were content to settle with a church order grounded in the historic ministry of bishops, priests and deacons, and with the classical early Christian formulations of doctrine about God and Jesus Christ - the Nicene Creed and the Definition of Chalcedon. It is certainly Reformed thinking, and we should not let the deep and pervasive echoes of the Middle Ages mislead us: it assumes the governing authority of the Bible, made available in the vernacular, and repudiates the necessity of a central executive authority in the Church's hierarchy. It is committed to a radical criticism of any theology that sanctions the hope that human activity can contribute to the winning of God's favour, and so is suspicious of organized asceticism and of a theology of the sacraments which appears to bind God too closely to material transactions."
- Rowan Williams
10 poitns for naming who is in the picture and where one can find it.