Niagara Anglican recommends Islam

In the June issue of Niagara Anglican, the official diocesan newspaper of the Diocese of Niagara, editor Chris Grabiec asked the theological question, “Who knows who was right in the Christological arguments of the 3d century?” and stated that, in his view, it doesn’t really matter. That prompted a thoughtful response from John Bowen, “Why Arius Was Wrong”.

Susan C.H. Westall now responds to Mr Bowen’s article as if he had waved a red flag. She brushes off his arguments, calling them “rather specious”, but offers no cogent rebuttal. Then she trashes St Athanasius’ personal character while, again, offering not a whit of argument against his teaching.

Do we see a pattern emerging here? Apparently so: Here’s another confident but unsubstantiated assertion:

I have the impression that the Church has thought that, ever since the Resurrection, God has done no work outside His Church—the Church is the sole purveyor of God’s good grace. By now we should recognise the truth of the hymn God moves in a mysterious way / His wonders to perform. He can, and does, work outside the Church.

Her “impression”, like her rejection of Bowen’s article and Athanasius’ teaching, has no visible basis. The church recognises that God works in the lives of believers and unbelievers alike. (Relevant New Testament passages here and here.)

To top it all off, Ms Westall recommends that the church of Jesus Christ accept the wisdom of Islam.

I suggest that God was so disappointed with our convoluted thinking that he inspired another messenger to make us think again. The doctrine of the Trinity had already confirmed the Jews that Christians were barking up the wrong tree and now they were confusing possible converts, so God sent a new messenger to proclaim that “There is only one God, Allah”. Of course, his disciples added “And Mohomet is His prophet”.

Islam and Christianity are diametrically opposed in their understandings of the person and mission of Christ. Islam, like Ms Westall, rejects the doctrine of the Trinity and, therewith, the divinity of Jesus. The Quran explicitly denies that Jesus was crucified, never mind resurrected. (Sura 4:157-159.) Muslim teachers and scholars condemn the Christian teaching of the Cross as offensive and dishonouring to Jesus. Such conflicting views can never be reconciled.

Anglicans support Lambeth’s call for Christians to “understand and engage with people of other faiths”. Friendly relations with believers of other religions is a worthy goal. However, theological rapprochement between Islam and Christianity is impossible, Ms Westall’s fond wish notwithstanding.

h/t: felix hominum

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0 Responses to Niagara Anglican recommends Islam

  1. Ellie M. says:

    “I suggest that God was so disappointed with our convoluted thinking that he inspired another messenger to make us think again.”

    Ms Westall then had to rush off, as she was late for her burka fitting.

  2. Kate says:

    LOL. That is pretty much what I was thinking too, to be honest. You can’t believe that and be a Christian. It’s like being a Marxist who believes that private property is a good thing.

  3. Ellie M. says:

    There seems to be a lot of this going around:

    http://www.christianpost.com/article/20070707/episcopal-priest-suspended-over-muslim-christian-identity.htm

    Sheesh, people, make up your minds already!

  4. Henry Troup says:

    To quote:

    “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing,
    drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring.”

    There’s a lot of casual superficial post-modernism out there … and then there’s the hard-core seriously stupid post-modernism (“Social Text”, anyone? The journal which printed a paper that argued that reality is a “social and linguistic construct”.)

    Listen hard, you may hear the Gods of the Copybook Headings rousing themselves. Kipling refuted post-modernism before it was even born.

    “With the Hopes that our World is built on they were utterly out of touch,
    They denied that the Moon was Stilton; they denied she was even Dutch;
    They denied that Wishes were Horses; they denied that a Pig had Wings;
    So we worshipped the Gods of the Market Who promised these beautiful things.” (public domain)

  5. Brian DeVisser says:

    I was once warned a few years ago, to become familiar with the ancient heresies of the first few centuries in the Church since they were making a return in our day. I’m not sure I believed it then, but I do now. It’s a sad day, when someone can call themselve a Christian, and deny the Christ that bought them.

    your fellow unworthy servant in Christ,
    Rev Brian DeVisser
    Pastor Kanata Lakes Fellowhip

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