Monday, May 14, 2007

Anglican revision of Whitby

~Chris Johnson of MCJ skewers the latest attempt by some Anglicans to revise history...this time the Synod of Whitby:
I don't know which is the most impressive here, Nigel Taber-Hamilton's liberal Episcopal anti-Catholicism, his mangling of history or his ludicrous suppositions:
Cuthbert (circa 635 A.D. to March 20, 687 A.D.) was the direct Christian heir of Patrick, Columba and Aidan, which means that he was the direct beneficiary of the Celtic Christianity that literally saved Western Civilization during the Dark Ages, making Britain a central and significant repository of Christian learning.

A Celtic monk, Cuthbert is known today for his work at the Synod of Whitby, 664 A.D.
Point of order. Cuthbert was, by nationality, a Saxon. Carry on.
At Whitby, representatives of centralizing Roman and disbursed Celtic Christianity met to decide on what date Easter should be celebrated, since each used a different date.
But much more was at stake: Whose polity was to prevail? Should seventh-century Christianity be a loose confederation of provinces, each with its own structures and particular Christian vision, or should it be more centralized, tightly defined and controlled?
Cuthbert persuaded our Celtic ancestors
Lord. It’s "nice" to see that somebody still believes the old "the Anglican Church is actually the rebirth of the Celtic Church and not a Protestant church at all so shut up" dodge.
to adopt centralized Roman practice, and thereafter has been known -- by those who are the descendants of the Roman triumph,
Which ain't us.
it should be noted -- as "A Healer of the Breach."
But Whitby was a bad thing, wasn't it, Nige?
From our Reformed vantage point some 13 centuries later, the consequences of Whitby easily can be viewed as disappointing, if not disastrous, for British Christianity. A unique and vital earth-centered, creation-spirituality largely disappeared behind the centralized wall of Roman bureaucracy, institutionalism and power.

1 comment:

Tom in Vegas said...

I enjoy your blog of all things Catholic. I too (I'm assuming you are) am Catholic on what seems a perpetual search for the devine.

It's not easy.