Here's the first question Fr. Jonathan suggests asking:
Do you believe that Jesus Christ physically rose from the dead and that it’s only through faith in Him that our sins are forgiven and we come to be saved?
Fr. Jonathan's explanation for putting this question front and center hits the nail on the head:
It is appalling that we live in an age when we cannot take the answer to this question for granted, but there we are. If the answer to this is anything other than an unqualified “yes,” turn around and walk right back out the door. This is a good question to ask because it saves you time on having to ask a whole bunch of other questions about the creeds, the scriptures, etc. If the answer to this question is yes, you can be pretty well assured that the answers to all those other questions will be the right ones.
God was uniquely present in Jesus. And the bodily resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the central miracle of the Christian faith, the chief premise of Christian teaching, and the foundation event for the entire Christian religion. Everything hinges on the resurrection.
So Fr. Jonathan is right: the uniqueness of Jesus and the reality of his bodily resurrection lie at the heart of a classically Anglican understanding of the Christian faith. And so failure to affirm the uniqueness of Jesus as the Savior and his bodily resurrection from the dead signifies a departure from "classical Anglicanism." Even more, it signals a departure from the Christian faith itself.
From time to time, I hear persons in the Church (lay and ordained) suggest or outright state that such things don't really matter. They say that it's doing the Church's mission a la Matthew 25:31-46 and faithfully living the last two questions of promise in the Baptismal Covenant that are really important. As long as we can agree on that, we can disagree on things like the Person and Work of Jesus and still call ourselves "Christian."
What a sad state of affairs!
Speaking of our Lord's resurrection, check out N. T. Wright's paper recently delivered to the Conference of Italian Bishops entitled "Christ is Risen from the Dead, the First Fruits of Those who have Died."