San Joaquin diocese leaves Episcopal Church

You knew it was coming; now we know when. The NY Times has a story on the split of the first full diocese to leave the Episcopal Church. Previous defections have been at the parish level.

One quotation caught my eye:

“It will be a huge, huge legal battle,” said the Rev. Ephraim Radner, a leading Episcopal conservative and professor of historical theology at Wycliffe College in Toronto. “The costs involved will bleed the Diocese of San Joaquin and the Episcopal Church, and it will lead only to bad press. You have to wonder why people are wasting money doing this and yet claiming to be Christians.”

Indeed, Rev. Radner. Fighting to keep one’s church following God’s word is “wasting money,” and “bad press” indicates unchristian conduct by those subject to the bad press—regardless whether the argument needs to be had and regardless of the actions that prompted the argument in the first place (e.g., consecrating an openly gay bishop). You have to wonder why other people are openly rejecting the Bible and yet claiming to be Christians . . .

Note, too, that Radner is described as a “conservative.” Fiscal conservative, maybe, since he shudders to think of all that money getting spent on something as immaterial as theology . . . but I have to wonder about the depth of his conservative credentials, if he’s trying to trivialize the ECUSA’s apostasy in order to make San Joaquin look like the bad guys.

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One Response to “San Joaquin diocese leaves Episcopal Church”

  1. Mark Says:

    I think you hit it in the last paragraph. He could be more concerned with the practical ramifications of this growing rift.

    Also, I’m sure there are many truly conservative Episcopalians who feel that they can both preserve their union and nudge the church in a different direction. It will be interesting to see if that happens, or if it is already too late. They are certainly on a slippery slope.

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