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Father is Head at the Table: Male Eucharistic Headship and Primary Spiritual Leadership, Ray Sutton

FIFNA Bishops Stand Firm Against Ordination of Women

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Homo Hierarchicus and Ecclesial Order, Brian Horne

How Ordaining Women Harms Ministry to Men, C.R. Wiley

Let's Stop Making Women Presbyters, J.I. Packer

Liturgy and Interchangeable Sexes, Peter J. Leithart

Male-Only Ordination is Natural: Why the Church is a Model of Reality, Steven Wedgeworth

Ordaining Women as Deacons: A Reappraisal of the Anglican Mission in America's Policy, John Rodgers

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Priestesses in the Church?, C.S. Lewis

Priesthood and Masculinity, Stephen DeYoung

Reasons for Questioning Women’s Ordination in the Light of Scripture, Rodney Whitacre

Streams of the River: Articles Outlining the Arguments Against the Ordination of Women to the Priesthood ,

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William Witt's Articles on Women's Ordination (Old Jamestown Church archive)

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Monday
Jun252012

Classical Anglicanism As "Reformed Catholicism" or Catholicism Perfected

A claim that will no doubt annoy my Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox readers to no end, but that's our story and we're sticking to it.  A comment from an Anglican blog discussion puts the matter concisely.  (Emphases mine):

The genius of the Protestant Reformation is the recognition that, during the Middle Ages, "ecclesial creep" in both the Western and Eastern portions of the Church had for all practical intents and purposes replaced Old-Law works righteousness with a new works righteousness based on the respective "New Law" of the West (the Penance-Merits-Purgation-Indulgences doctrinal phalanx) and of the East (the imposition of the Monastic Typicon upon the laity).

Furthermore, . . . the formularies of classical Anglicanism did a better job of retaining the wheat of the orthodox catholicism of the ancient Church while jettisoning the chaff of innovative medieval accretion than did any other segment of the Reformation. This is why Anglicanism can, perhaps uniquely, lay equal claim to the appellations Protestant and Catholic and affirm both without any sense of inconsistency or incoherence. Indeed, strictly speaking, in proper understanding of each term, to truly be one, you must be both.

To truly be one, you must be both.  To be truly Catholic, you must be Reformed.  To be truly Reformed (or Protestant), you must be Catholic.  The cry of the Reformation, Ad Fontes! ("To The Sources!") was not merely an appeal to recover apostolic and prophetic sources as set forth in Holy Scripture, but to recover the patristic (pre-medieval) sources as well.  It is our contention that classical Anglicanism, which means the the theology of the English Reformation as modified by the great divines of the Elizabethan and Caroline eras, did the best job of returning to biblical and patristic sources.  Conversely, we hold that both the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches have departed from biblical and patristic Christianity in signficant ways.

So we call all Christians -- including erring Anglicans (you Pentecostals, Puritans and Papalists know who you are ;)) -- back to the sources.  "Evangelical" and "Catholic" are not mutually exclusive positions.

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Well said. Thanks.

June 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMark Carroll

I absolutely agree with the above with one exception: "New law" is a technical term in Thomas Aquinas's theology, and Thomas is the usual understood referent in the writings of Roman Catholics when they use this term. "New law" in Thomas is emphatically not "works righteousness," and especially not "Penance-Merits-Purgation-Indulgences." For Thomas, the "new law" is the "law of the gospel," which he identifies with the "grace of the Holy Spirit":

"Now that which is preponderant in the law of the New Testament, and whereon all its efficacy is based, is the grace of the Holy Spirit, which is given through faith in Christ. Consequently the New Law is chiefly the grace itself of the Holy Spirit, which is given to those who believe in Christ. This is manifestly stated by the Apostle who says (Rom. 3:27): 'Where is . . . thy boasting? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith': for he calls the grace itself of faith 'a law.' And still more clearly it is written (Rom. 8:2): 'The law of the spirit of life, in Christ Jesus, hath delivered me from the law of sin and of death.' Hence Augustine says (De Spir. et Lit. xxiv) that 'as the law of deeds was written on tables of stone, so is the law of faith inscribed on the hearts of the faithful: and elsewhere, in the same book (xxi): 'What else are the Divine laws written by God Himself on our hearts, but the very presence of His Holy Spirit?' " Summa Theologiae 1.2.106. Thomas notes (referencing the apostle Paul) that even the written "law" of the New Testament would kill apart from the grace of the Holy Spirit.

The gap between Thomas and the late Medieval Scholasticism to which the Reformers objected is 300 years. Confusing Thomas's understanding of the "New Law" with the late Medieval indulgence system is the equivalent of conflating Luther and Schleiermacher or (even worse) Richard Hooker and Kathryn Jefferts Schorri.

June 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWilliam Witt

Thank you Mark, and thank you Dr. Witt for the important clarification. I suspect the person commenting at The Continuum did not have Thomas' "New Law" in mind. If he did, then we all stand corrected. I think we all agree, however, that the "New Law" as salvation by works was rightly condemned by the Reformers.

June 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Embryo Parson

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