Saturday, February 03, 2007

Ridiculous Item of the Day: Part Deux

The Church of England has discovered that referring to God as "He" leads to wife-beating. You can't make this stuff up. If you have a strong stomach, slog through the whole thing here.

Also in need of suppression: 1) any reference to God as "Lord," 2) passages speaking of submission to God or any human institution, 3) those texts that speak of God as vengeful or reference violence wrought by God, 4) don't forget those pesky qualifications for church office.

As I read the document (and I would welcome correction from the more theologically astute out there) it appears that the necessity of a propitiatory substitutionary atonement is also completely undermined. All that talk about blood sacrifices is apparently just a bit much for your average Anglican bishop to stomach.

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