Saturday, December 15, 2007


What do you think is the lynchpin of Christian morality or (put another way) of moral orthodoxy? I tend to think first of the Great Commandments that Jesus gave us in Matthew: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind" and “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

But now, having read David Virtue's recent essay, I see I've been oh so wrong. The Great One hath spake:

By giving a pass to The Episcopal Church, Williams has effectively nullified Lambeth 1:10, the lynchpin of Anglican moral orthodoxy, a resolution that was overwhelmingly passed by the bishops of the church in 1998.
Yes, there you have it. For Anglicans of a certain stripe, the lynchpin of moral orthodoxy is Lambeth 1.10. Is that a hoot or what?

As Elizabeth+ often says: Ya just can't make this stuff up!


Blogger EleanorBraun said...

Instead of Resolution 1.10 being the cornerstone of morality, how about 1.15 - adopted BEFORE the Millennium Development Goals.

12/15/2007 1:24 PM  
Blogger Rowan The Dog said...

Rowan the Human is going to wish he'd never written that letter. After all, Advent was going along pretty well without it.

12/15/2007 1:48 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

That's amazing, Eleanor! I didn't realize Lambeth acted before TEC even had the MDGs on our radar. So ... I guess Lambeth was apostate even before TEC was. {g}

12/15/2007 8:25 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Rowan, nobody's more qualified to speak to Rowan the Archbishop than you. Sic 'em, big guy!

12/15/2007 8:26 PM  
Blogger Grandmère Mimi said...

Lisa, I would have picked the two love commandments, too. How ignorant we are! Of course, now that DV has explained it, it's so plain to me now how very wrong I was.

12/15/2007 10:21 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Mimi, I should have known you'd be among the first to admit your past error.

Now that that's settled, we can quit reciting the Creed, and just recite Lambeth 1.10 instead. And, fortunately, it's much less open to interpretation.

Don't you feel better now?

12/16/2007 8:45 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

"Love God, and your neighbor is Torah. Everything else is commentary" Rabbi Hillel

Ah since I was tossed by Dr. Virtue's commentary correctness wolves, I have not been reading it. I see it continues to put satirists out of work.


12/16/2007 6:24 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

JimB, apparently Rabbi Hillel failed to pass that kernel of wisdom along to the Virtue-less One.

And surely you know that being banned over there is a badge of honor. Even our worthy opponents on the right don't give him any credence.

12/16/2007 9:32 PM  

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