Anglican Samizdat

August 1, 2009

The two-track Anglican

Filed under: Anglican,Anglican Angst — David Jenkins @ 3:53 pm
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Astonishingly, the crumbling of Anglicanism is still of enough interest to find a place in the secular press:

The Most Rev. Rowan Williams, the archbishop of Canterbury, said profound differences among the world’s 77 million Anglicans over gay clergy and same-sex unions could divide their church into a “two-track model” yielding “two styles of being Anglican.”

The formula could avert a formal breach between liberals and conservatives but bring new strains in the relationship between the global Anglican Communion and American Episcopalians who resolved this month to open the door to ordaining openly gay bishops and to start the process of developing rites for same-sex marriages.

Personally, I am all in favour of a two-track Anglican church. It would be just like everyday life: God whispering in one ear and the devil in the other. The only remaining question is, will two-track Anglicanism last as long as 8 track tape?



  1. If you want to see how two-track Anglicanism will work, behold Lutheranism in the United States. We have a liberal branch, the ELCA, and a conservative (some would say moderate) branch, the LC-MS. We are as separate as any two Protestant churches can be.

    Comment by Brian Davis — August 2, 2009 @ 5:38 pm

  2. It’s two, two, two churches in one!!

    Comment by Ellie in T.O. — August 3, 2009 @ 9:33 am

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