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11-02-2008, 05:49 PM,
Dear John Francis,

It is, indeed, as you say - Faith comes as it does. But it is good to have the theological back up which allows us to be sure that it is His Gospel we receive and not 'another'.

I suspect what you'll find as you read through the threads is that the overall mood here is an eirenic one. Those of us in the BOC may be sure that the Spirit is with us, but we do not presume to comment on the situation elsewhere. We can see, as we all can, where the Spirit is not; but we cannot confine Him and more than we can define the Infinite.

One of the many wonderful things about the BOC is that, as the ancient Church did, it sees the Creeds as barriers against heresy - not definitions of the Lord. So much western theology can seem noisy, busy and over concerned with precise definitions; the BOC recognises that we encounter Him at the Eucharist, in the silence and the doxologies. Of course, sinful men have made it necessary to state what is orthodox, even if only by stating what is not; but doxologies are, for us, the real expression of orthodoxy - and that is why people say you have to experience one of our services.

Those of us who may have an experience of Russian or Greek services can say that however sonorous they are, there is something very special about the Liturgy of St. James. I hope that perhaps at the pilgrimage to Glastonbury later in the year, you will have the chance to experience it.

People sometimes wonder what we mean by 'orthodoxy with a British ethos'; well, one of our services will show you.

I guess that those of us who post frequently here do have theological interests, but some of us are what might be called enthusiastic amateurs - which is why it is great having those like Peter Farrington and the invaluable Fr. Gregory to put us right when we err.

We are also blessed in our bishop. The only Church leader to say anything really sensible about the Archbishop of Canterbury's recent address was our own Abba Seraphim; many years, many years.

In Christ,

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:10)

Messages In This Thread
[] - John Charmley - 08-02-2008, 02:30 PM
[] - John Francis - 08-02-2008, 11:32 PM
[] - John Charmley - 10-02-2008, 10:24 AM
[] - Robin Westwood - 10-02-2008, 10:09 PM
[] - John Francis - 10-02-2008, 10:33 PM
[] - John Charmley - 11-02-2008, 05:49 PM
[] - Simon - 12-02-2008, 08:36 PM
[] - Louis - 20-05-2008, 05:25 PM
[] - Simon - 21-05-2008, 09:50 PM

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