This blog has noted how, contrary to the claims of our detractors
, the Western Rite Orthodoxy is not Protestant
and Protestants have no time for Western Rite Orthodoxy
. Suddenly, Dr. Peter Toon has written not one
, not two
, not three
, nor four
, but five
articles rejecting the Seventh Ecumenical Council as incompatible with Anglicanism. A sixth
mentions it tangentially.
To be fair, one of these appears to be a recycled post we commented on
Typical of Dr. Toon's recent anathematizing is this post
, stating that to "embrace the doctrinal definition of the Seventh Council is not possible or permissible [to real Anglicans]...because it cannot be proved from Scripture by any straightforward type of exegesis and interpretation." Besides, "to venerate icons can so easily get near to breaking the first table of the Law, the Ten Commandments as one of the Homilies in The Book of Homilies demonstrates." Not to mention "once you allow the veneration of icons you have also practically opened the door to not only the asking of the saints to pray for us but also to actually praying to the saints themselves." He concludes, with evident joy, that a Vengeful Deity "judges tradition that contradicts the plain teaching of the Holy Bible."
Dear Dr. Toon does, however, make one interesting
-- the African-based, priestess-tolerating
, charismatigelical Anglican Mission in America -- requires its clergy to profess the following:
I do believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God and to contain all things necessary to salvation. I further affirm the Catholic creeds, the dogmatic definitions of the general councils of the undivided Church, the Book of Common Prayer and the Ordinal, 1662, the 39 Articles of Religion of the Church of England in their literal and grammatical sense, and the Lambeth Quadrilateral of 1888, since the same are conformable to the Scriptures, and I consequently hold myself bound to teach nothing contrary thereto, therefore I do solemnly engage to conform to the doctrines, discipline, and worship of the Anglican Mission in America.
Article 22 of the 39 Articles
states, "The Romish Doctrine concerning...Worshipping and Adoration, as well of Images as of Relics, and also Invocation of Saints, is a fond thing, vainly invented, and grounded upon no warranty of Scripture, but rather repugnant to the Word of God." How one reconciles the intended "literal and grammatical sense" of this with the Seventh Ecumenical Council is beyond me, though certain figures have tried
In practice, both camps have been represented in actual practice. However, now that Queen and country no longer demand these opposed factions -- opposed religions, really -- sweat it out in a constant battle for dominance or toleration, they've decided there is precious little to hold them together. Thus, it should come as little surprise to Anglo-Catholics there are those who wish to shove them out
, particularly when the original doctrinal statements and Books of Homilies (certainly the second of them) never supported them in the first place.
And it should come as little surprise some have found a Church
Whose doctrines they always believed in their hearts all along, free from persecution by Protestants.
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