Here is (yet) another attempt at “conservative blogging.” And I certainly don’t mean that as a political valuation, rather as a reference to the obnoxiously long and boring research that I typically post.
My reasons for enjoying the Episcopal Church, especially as they compare over and against the denominational experiences of my youth, have become clearer to date. I have been involved in a wonderful dialogue with a Roman Catholic layman (one of those rare members of the laity that pursues their faith in all aspects, including the intellectual), and we have been swapping reading lists. He directed me to this link as a matter of course in conversation. However, the quote from G.K. Chesterton that it contains brought a flood of realization to the front of my mind. Here’s the quote:
“Real development is not leaving things behind, as on a road, but drawing life from them, as from a root.”
– G.K. Chesterton
This will come as no new information on this blog or even to most readers, but it finally dawned on me in that important way – the one where we differentiate between holding a fact in that grey matter between our ears and having enlightenment. Part of the reason I love the Episcopal Church so much is because it is not trying to run away from the rest of history. It is using the rest of its history, and what a history it is, to energize the ministry of the Church. It embraces history as a way to refresh the present. The common worship of saints that has transcended centuries of tradition moves behind the liturgy I participate in every Sunday.
Moving from a denomination that could not see farther back than 1904 to a denomination that embraces all of Church history was like jumping out of a plastic “kiddy pool” on the beach and into the ocean.