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Friday, October 27, 2006

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Matt

Bob-

It's been a while since I've stopped by the corner and I saw this post.

As you know, I am one of about 6 Episcopalians under the age of 35 who like organ music. And while it may not be the most effective evangelism tool our tradition offers, I think it is a central part of our history and tradition. We bemoan the colonialism of the Anglican Communion while lauding it's diveristy, all the while forgetting that it was precisely that historical colonialism which created the vibrant world-wide community that so many of us admire.

Lastly, like any good Episcopalian, I turn not to scripture or to any historical council, but to the cannon of C.S. Lewis to butress my point:

"If there is anything in the New Testament which is in the nature of a command, it is that your are obliged to take the sacrament, and you can't do that without going to church. I disliked their hymns, which I considered to be fifth-rate poems set to sixth-rate music. But as I went on, I saw the greater merit of it. I came up against different people of quite different outlooks and different education, and then gradually the conceit came peeling off. I realized that the hymns (which were just sixth-rate music) were, nevertheless, being sung with devotion and benefit by an old saint in elastic side boots in the opposite pew, and then you realize you aren't fit the clean those boots. It gets you out of your solitary conciet."
-Answers to Questions on Christianity

Hope all is well. Io Triumphe!

John Wilkins

brilliant.

I'm ready for a change.

If we're doing organ, lets to reggae.

Otherwise, let's expand our horizons.

spankey

I don't know who you are, or how I ended up on your blog, but thank you. As a perspectivist postmodern post-conservative evangelical catholic Episcopal seminarian I have come to grips with both realities to which you speak. 1- organ music will be played as the last Episcopal Church closes its doors and 2- we shot ourselves in the foot long before GC'03. While organ music probably isn't the source of our irrelevance, it certainly is a glaring example of our blind hope that human inventions will bring the church back to life. Let us come to grips with our current state of illness in the hope of being redeemed by the same Jesus Christ who on that first Easter brought a rag-tag group of depressed former followers of a nutcase back from the brink of death to become a rag-tag group of excited unformer followers of the Godman.

You have been added to my google homepage sir, thank you very much.

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