A Talk for Cumbria Theological Society 27th June 2013
David S Simon
The paper is in three main parts:
Current situation for Anglican Monasticism
Consideration of how this situation was reached
Consideration specifically of the Community of the Resurrection
with a attempt at a conclusion relating Anglican Monasticism to the Church of England
If there is time I may introduce some thoughts about New Monasticism based on an article about living in Community that I wrote when living and working at Rydal Hall
Apocryphal Gospels – Then and Now
‘There are also many other things which Jesus did; were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.’ (John 21.25)
So ends the Gospel of John, with an acknowledgement that it contained only a limited number of the traditions about Jesus. But is this statement simply mere authorial hyperbole, or does it reflect a reality that in the gospel writer’s day there were a vast number of stories and sayings attributed to Jesus that were in circulation? If, even to a limited extent, the author of the fourth gospel portrays the prevailing circumstances of his own day, it becomes fascinating to ask what happened to all these extra traditions concerning Jesus.
How did traditions about Jesus survive to the present time?
Moving the Centre: The Seismic Shift in Christian Adherence
by Prof John Parratt
THIRD WORLD THEOLOGIES: DO THEY MATTER? MOVING THE CENTRE: THE SEISMIC SHIFT IN CHRISTIAN ADHERENCE
Not much more than a century ago it would have been possible to have designated Christianity as basically a Caucasian tribal religion. In 1900 over 80% of those professing Christianity lived in the Western world. Christianity’s strengths were firmly focussed in the Protestantism of northern Europe, the Catholicism of the southern countries, and Orthodoxy in the east. The European colonisation of north America, and Latin America, and also of Australasia, had imported Christianity along with its European migrants and settlers. Elsewhere in the world the Christian faith existed in smaller pockets of missions. In Africa and the Pacific advances had been made among peoples of traditional cultures and religions. But elsewhere, especially in Asia, where the Christian faith came up against highly sophisticated and literate ethnic religions, prospects looked bleak. The Muslim world was then closed to proselytisation from other faiths, as it remains today. There were, it is true, the remnants of Christian communities in India and other parts of Asia and the Middle East, and in north Africa with histories stretching back far into the earliest centuries, but these were small and isolated. The Christian religion was firmly anchored in the West.