Wednesday, July 02, 2008

GAFCON: A Post Christendom/Post Colonial Anglican Communion?

I wonder if one way to interpret GAFCON is that it is a marker along the way of a post-Christendom and post-colonial version of the Anglican Communion. Post-Christendom in that it is post-modern, i.e., no longer needing the communion to be a top down, unified structure centered in a state church (i.e., The Church of England). Post-Colonial in that while vestiges of British/Western Colonialism have stuck around in the Anglican Communion, the Global South Churches have now come of age and will not allow Western powers and structures force them to embrace something they do not believe in. They see themselves as equal partners and intend to act in that manner.

These are thoughts, not conclusions.

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