Anglican Samizdat

May 3, 2009

And to think I used to find “God of concrete, God of steel” irritating

Filed under: Anglican — David Jenkins @ 10:39 pm
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The sin of idolatry is not confined to physical graven images; today we are much more likely to construct an abstract god who is an anthropomorphised version of us: provincially small-minded and consumed by the petty obsessions that dominate the culture-bound Western churches of the 21st Century.

Thus, we discover that a song has been commissioned to celebrate a god of the Anglican Consultative Council. It is entitled, Lord of Our Diversity and goes like this (updated to include the whole thing):

“Lord of our diversity unite us all we pray
welcome us to fellowship in your inclusive way
Teach us all to have respect to love and not deride
Save us from the challenges of selfishness and pride
Sanctify our listening and help us get the sense
of perplexing arguments before we take offence
Teach us that opinions which at first might seem quite strange
may reflect the glory of your great creative range
May the Holy Spirit now show us the way preferred
May we follow the commands of your authentic word.”

This has it all: diversity, inclusion and relativism; a cornucopia of drivel worthy of a place in the next Anglican hymn book.



  1. This has it all: diversity, inclusion and relativism.

    Don’t forget its power to produce an instant upchuck in the listener.

    Comment by John E. — May 4, 2009 @ 8:03 am

  2. Does that last line really fit in?

    Comment by Muriel — May 4, 2009 @ 3:32 pm

  3. It’s there as a decoy; welcome back, Muriel.

    Comment by David — May 4, 2009 @ 3:36 pm

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