Archive for July, 2008

Objections – real and imagined

Posted in Uncategorized on July 29, 2008 by cockett1

Some of my ‘objections’ to Orthodoxy centre around evangelism. One for example runs like this. How relevant is orthodoxy to young people today? Doesn’t it run counter-culturally in terms of length of services, ancient language, music that eschews the use of guitars and instruments, written in a style which is a million miles away from the popular music of today and clergy wearing robes that date back centuries? How can you talk about Jesus present with us when that message is wrapped up in a language and a style which seems to thrust him back into the pages of the New Testament? Surely if Christ is our contemporary then his ‘clothes’ must be too?

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To be or not to be (an Anglican)

Posted in Uncategorized on July 29, 2008 by cockett1

One of the difficult things to come to terms with reading “Becoming Orthodox” by Fr Peter Gillquist is the assertion that the Orthodox Church is the true church and all other churches are not – at least not in the fullest sense. In some ways it does not bother me. I have never been one of those Anglicans that has believed that this is the best or truest expression of God’s Church. In fact I never really thought about it until now, or even thought it was an important consideration. One church was as good (or bad) as another. They are just a means of getting the message across to a dying world. Reading “Becoming Orthodox” however has made me think that maybe, just maybe, he has a point. That the means is maybe as important if not more important than the message. That the vehicle is THE message of salvation rather than just a kind of conveyance. I don’t know and I am not totally convinced yet, but I am thinking it through and this blog is part of that process or journey.