αλασθαι (alasthai) wrote in anglican,
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To puff, or not to puff?

A friend recently made a link to this article, and I find such puff pieces difficult to read. Now, Anglicanism (and especially the breadth thereof) was what brought me back to church after losing my faith completely: it gave me a faith in which I could believe. I really, quite unashamedly love it.

Yet, when I read the article, I cannot help but also think of Soupers, Catholic Penal Laws, Test Acts, and, of course, all of the vandalism attendant upon the Dissolution of the Monasteries. This reminds me of the purpose and value of the Κυριε ελεησον in the liturgy: the repeated request to Christ to continue to be merciful to us because we know that we will continue to screw up in the future as we have screwed up in the past.

While I am not saying that we should scourge ourselves for our sins, it very much seems to me that we should not ignore them either: we should embrace our fallenness and God's Grace together.

What do you think?
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