Monday, 11 February 2013

PC PIETY RECOILS FROM BOYS' CLUB HOUSE OF BISHOPS

One wonders whether the feminist establishment in the General Synod would insist on inclusive language in the following statement:
Original Sin...is the fault and corruption of the Nature of every man, that naturally is ingengered of the offspring of Adam; whereby man is very far gone from original righteousness and is of his own nature inclined to evil (Article 9 of the Church of England's 39 Articles of Religion).
The reason for that suggestion is because of the politically correct doctrine of sin believed by feminists. According to their doctrine, men are originally abusers whereas women are originally victims. Redemption for humankind in PC soteriology is achieved by the male tendency to domination being eliminated by 'progressive' education, or more accurately indoctrination, and women being liberated and empowered.

This dogma has been thoroughly absorbed by the current House of Bishops, hence their guilt about being a 'boys' club' and their sense of spiritual inadequacy without having women present at their meetings. Female empowerment is after all the spiritual cure for fallen maleness, so their PC piety is genuinely offended by the all-male group they belong to.

It is significant here how, as in all ideological victories, language is commandeered by the victors. An all-male body is a boys' club whereas an all-female body is an empowering network.

Jesus had no difficulty with all-male groups. The Gospels record him going on retreats with his all-male group of apostles (cf Mark 6v30-32). His biblical worldview led him to believe that men are no more or less sinful than women and no more or less in need of his redemption.

Jesus' approach is truly liberating. His means that where a particular task in the Church or in society is better achieved by an all-female group or by an all-male group, then that is quite acceptable. The end result of good service for God and people made in his image is what matters rather than the 'gender balance' in the group doing the task.

PC dogma by contrast is restrictive and in fact hypocritical because its adherents are very comfortable with all-female groups when it suits them nor will they insist on inclusive language in certain circumstances.

Those of us who are pastors have a responsibility to counter this destructive, unbiblical ideology in our churches and to instill godly confidence in young men and boys. The secular educational system at least up to GCSE is largely geared against boys and in favour of girls, so we have an uphill counter-cultural task for Christ to achieve here.

9 comments:

  1. Andrew Godsall, Exeter11 February 2013 at 07:46

    "Those of us who are pastors have a responsibility to counter this destructive, unbiblical ideology in our churches".....
    Yes. As a Pastor in the Church of England I find it a responsibility to ensure that women have a place in the House of Bishops and rejoice that the decision (in principle) to make that so has already been made.
    I also find it a responsibility to ensure that the kind of destructive ideology that says that women are not suitable for such ministries is challenged at every opportunity. That is why I was elected to General Synod and why I stand with the vast majority of members of the Church of England.

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  2. Your reflection here, O Curate, would have credibility and integrity if men operating in groups had been kinder over the centuries to women. The fact of the matter is that when women have been admitted to previously all male institutions, including the priesthood, they have had a civilising effect, especially among those male enclaves that have lacked self-awareness of their underlying manner of treating women as second-class citizens. I shudder to think what Anglican ordained ministry would become if the wheel of history were ever reversed and we no longer ordained women. This has nothing to do with feminism and political correctness and everything to do with the balance women bring to all human communities.

    Incidentally, I find women eager to have men within their groups (save for specialist groups such as the Girl Guides) as they recognise that we help balance groups that otherwise would be exclusively made up of women.

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  3. Do you seriously think that a few cosmetic changes in what are, historically speaking, the dying moments of your organisation's life can make up for fifteen hundred years of class, gender and race discrimination as the spiritual arm of the English State and one of the spiritual arms of the British State, Empire and Commonwealth?

    If so, you are sadly mistaken. Very soon, you will have so few members that the State will be forced to jettison you, whether it wants to or not. Let us hope that before then, it decides to separate Church and State and end centuries of physical and mental oppression.

    It would behove you not only to disestablish yourselves now, but also to surrender to the State the enormous wealth which you have wrung from the sweat of the people over the centuries. Of course, you will not and the State will probably be unable to make you disgorge your profits either. Nonetheless, we will be free of you at last.

    Tom Paine









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    1. Ahem "Tom", you didn't say what you want to replace it with.

      While we await your clarification on that, concerning one of your allegations here is something to sober you up:

      "Biological arguments for racism may have been common before 1850, but they increased by orders of magnitude following the acceptance of evolutionary theory."

      (Stephen Jay Gould, 1977)

      Dan

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  4. Also, evolutionary theories were widely accepted by the general staff of the German army (eg. Count Bernhardi and others see Barbara Tuchman's Guns of August). Thet were used justify an aggressive and expansionist foreign policy that led directly to World War 1, one of the most destructive conflicts in history that totally dislocated western European culture. So when militant atheists rant on about the "wars fought over religion" etc just bat that little fact back to them...

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  5. Surely number 9 of the 39 articles used the word 'man' as that was the expected use of the wording at that time. However, man in the 'generic' sense I feel.

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  6. "That is why I was elected to General Synod and why I stand with the vast majority of members of the Church of England."

    Now, now, Canon Andrew - the numbers in the Church of England are no longer 'vast', so the majority (even if you are correct that it is with you, which I strongly doubt) can hardly be vast either.

    In any case, what is the point of being 'vast', if you are vastly wrong?!

    Islam is far more vast than the Church of England, so if that is what is important to you, better start talking to your local Imam! :)

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  7. "The fact of the matter is that when women have been admitted to previously all male institutions, including the priesthood, they have had a civilising effect..."

    Nothing like a sweeping (and unsupported) generalisation to start the day!

    "I shudder to think what Anglican ordained ministry would become if the wheel of history were ever reversed and we no longer ordained women."

    Hmmm, what it has been for 2,000 years, I suspect. Poor St Athanasius, John Wyclif, Thomas Cranmer, George Whitefield, John Wesley, Charles Simeon, J. C. Ryle, John Stott and all those others who lacked the 'balance' of women in ordained ministry. And they not only had this lack, but gloried in their spiritually impoverished state - didn't they have the good grace to realise how inferior they were to us, who live in a handful of churches in an obscure decade in the 21st century, yet have greater spiritual understanding than all of them? Why are they not ASHAMED?!?!?

    ;)

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  8. Mr Carrell- the Curate is right- men and women are equally created in God's image and equal in dignity and equally sinful.

    I take it therefore that when you catalogue the undoubted evils that men have perpetrated on women you have a similar and equally awful list of evils women have perpetrated on men?

    If so would you mind setting it out? If not are we to assume that the equally multi-generational female evils are still yet to come- in which case what form might they take?

    johnny may

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