Received

The title to this short submission refers to us – people who have been on the receiving end.  In particular, who have received specific teaching/content.  In particular, Anglicans who have been brought up in the Christian faith, as held and transmitted through the Anglican Church.  What have we received?  I had an interesting conversation with an Anglican a few days ago, and he suggested that our church believed some things that require an explanation, or a qualification, if they’re to be accepted.

The first thing that he suggested our tradition holds is that a person need not go to church to believe in God.  There are two things that I believe should be addressed in this statement: (1) church attendance is not mandatory for belief in God; (2) belief in God does not require church attendance.  These two points may strike the reader as the same, but they are not.  In the first instance, we’ll be looking at what the church holds to regarding church attendance; in the second instance, we’ll be looking at what the church holds to regarding belief in God.

Both of these are important things to think about.  Both of these are important things to discuss.  Both of these are important things to consider.  I hope we can have some open conversation, in the coming week-or-so.

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