From THE ANGLICAN THREAD...
serapion wrote:This thread is devoted to the via media that is Anglicanism.
About this via media,
I believe that Colton has said that it refers to a middle way between Cathanglodoxy and Protestantism. But how can there be a middle way between Incarno-Sacramentalism and Protestantism? It would seem to me that either one believes in operationally efficacious Sacraments or one does not.
From a Catholic and Orthodox paradigm this would be true. Therefore it is.
However, from a Anglican paradigm there is more to the story to include the many different voices and paradigms that inhabit the Anglican communion.
To clarify my own position I will add that I spent but one important year of soul searching with two different Anglican parishes. One was, at that time, part of the Episcopal church and catered to Charismatic Evangelicalism at it's 11:00 AM service, it's 9:00 AM service followed a broadline pattern and it's 7:00 AM service was filled with people over 70 and used a "high church" pattern of worship. This church had guest speakers that included everything from Evangelical, to Pentecostal, to various mainline Protestant and received gifts like the Stations of the Cross and enjoyed reciting Prayers from Orthodox saints.
The Other Anglican church I attended was splinter group that broke off from the Episcopal church in the 70s. It's name declared what it was, it's name was St. "-------" Anglican Catholic Church. It's services were "high church" and they were very liturgical, using if memory serves, the 1928 Book of Common Prayer. I really enjoyed attending their liturgies while I preferred the parish life of the other Episcopal Church which had various robust activities and ministries.
Or does this "middle way" refer to a sort of tolerance, in practice, of both Cath/Ortho Sacramentalism as well as Protestant variations? And further, if this is the case, then does this make the concept of a via media little more than wishful thinking? Has it established a precedent, becoming a template which has led to the doctrinal and canonical chaos that many Anglicans seem to complain?
The paradigm difference between the Catholic/Orthodox perspective vs Anglican is that Baptism is a greater sign of unity than Communion of the faithful. Also, the standards by which truth is accepted and known is different than either the Catholic or Orthodox churches. Therefore "grace" toward those who believe differently about a certain thing is greatly broadened.
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