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Friday, April 15, 2005

The Chosen Ones: The Politics of Salvation in the Anglican Church.

"....One commentator in the book describes the Sydney Diocese as having embarked on ‘an imperial mission to fashion Australian Anglicanism in its own image’...."

Perhaps if this scenario as described in such alarmist tones by the journalist concerned was scripted like a scene from a Star Wars movie, say Return of the Jedi, we might see an exchange a little something like this. Imagine a visit by Phillip Jensen, Dean of St Andrews Cathedral, to a local Sydney congregation...

LOCAL CLERIC: Lord Jensen, this is an unexpected pleasure. We're honored by your presence.

LORD JENSEN: You may dispense with the pleasantries, Reverend. I'm here to put you back on schedule.

LOCAL CLERIC: I assure you, Lord Jensen, my evangelicals are proseltysing as fast as they can.

LORD JENSEN: Perhaps I can find new ways to motivate them.

LOCAL CLERIC: I tell you, this Sydney Anglicanism will be operational as planned.

LORD JENSEN: The Archbishop does not share your optimistic appraisal of the situation.

LOCAL CLERIC: But he asks the impossible. I need more evangelicals.

LORD JENSEN: Then perhaps you can tell him when he arrives.

LOCAL CLERIC: (aghast): The Archbishop's coming here?

LORD JENSEN: That is correct, Reverend. And he is most displeased with your apparent lack of progress.

LOCAL CLERIC: We shall double our efforts.

LORD JENSEN: I hope so, Reverend, for your sake. The Archbishop is not as forgiving as I am.

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