Sunday, October 19, 2008

The church of the insipid

The Episcopal Church is in trouble. And its woes go beyond the controversy around the ordination of gay men. For other reasons, some theological, the liberal or progressive wing of the Church of England has turned a great sect into an insipid modernist church. Flannery O'Connor, the Catholic novelist once said "You have to push as hard as the age that pushes against you." On the march, liberals roll over the traditions -- pushing modernity to all the edges of belief. That's too much for some people including Tony Blair, who are turning for something with a little more chest, and the full throat of purpose. George Will scales the diminishing returns of the progressive church with a dismal future.

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