Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams on the Bible

The much-maligned Archbishop of Canterbury has wise words to share about the Bible:

The Bible is how God tells us what He has done, what He is doing, and what He will do. And one of the most important things we can realize about the Bible is that it is concentrated on the action of God, not as something that happened long ago, a matter of historical record, but as something that is continuous day-by-day. Because the God we meet in the Bible is the God we meet now.

Watch and listen to it all:

I think that Baby Blue gets it right:

"The church has listened to the Bible," Rowan Williams says in this video from Lambeth Palace, "and the Bible has echoed in the life of the church." He says it's not the Bible that hold us together, but the Holy Spirit for conversion and transformation by Jesus Christ. This is a very good talk and it's not just what he says that resonates, but also how he says it. His audience is broad. It is worth seriously pondering by all sides of the division in the Episcopal and Anglican churches in the United States, especially as we remember this year the magnificent gift to the world of the King James Bible.

But with so much at stake in an ecclesial culture war that continues to escalate the politicization of the Church, will anyone on either side of the Anglican divide really listen to what one critic calls "the Rudderless-Rowan"?

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