Anglican Samizdat

April 19, 2009

Diocese of Niagara: Dean Peter Wall struggles to find a reason for the hope that is within him

Filed under: Diocese of Niagara — David Jenkins @ 4:26 pm

How does a liberal Anglican priest get around the uncomfortable predicament of not actually believing the Christian faith?

One way is illustrated below by Peter Wall, Dean and Rector of Christ’s Church Cathedral, diocese of Niagara. In the first clip, he declares he believes in the Virgin Birth, but he doesn’t know what it means.

He also has no idea what the Resurrection is:

So Peter Wall doesn’t know what the Virgin Birth means and doesn’t know what the Resurrection is, but after “struggling”, against all reason claims – with an air of effete condescension –  he believes both.

It’s no wonder Anglicanism in the West has become a denominational village idiot.



  1. How can he affirm “with heartfelt conviction” something he doesn’t know the meaning of? That’s absurd.

    He brings to mind the old question, “If you were accused in court of being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?”

    Comment by Scott Gilbreath — April 19, 2009 @ 4:31 pm

  2. In the same interview Peter Wall went on to explain that the resurrection was “conceptual”.

    Comment by Muriel — April 19, 2009 @ 6:15 pm

  3. Sorry folks this is the dean of the cathedral in NIAGARA ! What do you expect?

    Comment by Gawk — April 19, 2009 @ 6:49 pm

  4. Was the previous Bishop of Niagara Spence taken in by Mr. Wall’s membership in the Three Cantors and did he think that by making Mr. Wall his dean he would bring a wonderful musical revival to the cathedral? If so he sure got a bad bargain.

    Comment by Gawk — April 19, 2009 @ 10:16 pm

  5. And this guy was in the running for the bishop of Edmonton…
    Whew, that was a close one!

    Comment by John K — April 20, 2009 @ 10:47 pm

  6. Yikes!

    Comment by Stephen H — April 21, 2009 @ 5:54 pm

  7. Rather sad, that. Any chance of posting the full interview?

    (Also, I’m very amused by this link in the Possibly Related Posts: “Apple Store is down worldwide, new iMac, Mac mini, and Mac Pro inbound?” Does it think you are planning on turning into a tech blogger on us?)

    Comment by Andrew — April 21, 2009 @ 8:13 pm

  8. The whole show is Here.

    WordPress does seem to use an imaginative algorithm to come up with related posts.

    Comment by David — April 21, 2009 @ 10:13 pm

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