Saturday, 10 October 2015

Revelation or 'Enlightened Common Sense'?

'The Church claims to be the bearer of a revelation. If that claim is false then we want not to make priestesses but to abolish priests. If it is true, then we should expect to find in the Church an element which unbelievers will call irrational and which believers will call supra-rational. There ought to be something in it opaque to our reason though not contrary to it—as the facts of sex and sense on the natural level are opaque. And that is the real issue. The Church of England can remain a church only if she retains this opaque element. If we abandon that, if we retain only what can be justified by standards of prudence and convenience at the bar of enlightened common sense, then we exchange revelation for that old wraith Natural Religion.'
 C.S. Lewis, Priestesses  in the Church?


Recovering Lutheran said...

I think it is safe to say that the Church of England (like many post-Christian denominations) has already chosen - and it isn't the Gospel.

Acroamaticus said...

Thanks R.L.

The C of E, in which I was baptised, remains a mixed bag, being the original "broad church" it was always designed, so to speak, to reflect English sensibilities and culture, but it also did a lot of shaping of that culture too when it still had the spiritual power of belief the Word of God to do so.

You can still find pockets of orthodoxy in it, but one fears it has succumbed to liberalism, although not yet to the same degree as The Episcopal Church in the US. But its fate stands as a warning to all church bodies in the Anglosphere, an ecclesial "canary in the coalmine", as one retired orthodox American Anglican bishop put it in an address to Lutherans.