The horrors of modern day exegesis Episcopalian style

My friend New Testament scholar Edith Humphrey posted the following on Facebook this morning:

Can’t quite believe what K. Schori draws out of the Acts account where Jesus frees a slave-girl from demons. Taken directly from her sermon are these words:
“Paul is annoyed [when the slave-girl calls after him], perhaps for being put in his place, and he responds by depriving her of her gift of spiritual awareness. Paul can’t abide something he won’t see as beautiful or holy, so he tries to destroy it. It gets him thrown in prison. That’s pretty much where he’s put himself by his own refusal to recognize that she, too, shares in God’s nature, just as much as he does – maybe more so!”
Incredible! Freeing someone from demon possession is “depriving” that person of a “gift” of “spiritual awareness.” Well, I suppose so…this is a prime example of “generic spirituality” over against the Christian proclamation of Jesus and the anointing of God’s own HOLY Spirit on the Church!

Here’s a link to the original article.  It gets even worse.   Diversity not Jesus saves.   Lord, have mercy, and thank you, Benedict XVI for Anglicanorum coetibus!

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7 Responses to The horrors of modern day exegesis Episcopalian style

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  2. Peregrinus says:

    Thanks Deborah for pointing out this example of ‘isegesis’ i.e. reading into the text one’s own prejudice. The Schori example illustrates how much we need to embrace the New Evangelization. Many Anglicans and others captive in liberal Protestant bodies long to be clearly shown that there is a way to keep the Faith and our finest Anglo traditions within the Ordinariate while leaving behind the bizarre PC version of Christianity which has denuded the essentials and, of course, has excluded the Holy Spirit.

    The challenge is to invite and welcome Anglicans and Protestants into our nascent ordinariate parishes. May God the Holy Spirit show us the way this Pentecost season.

  3. Rev22:17 says:

    Deborah,

    You wrote: Here’s a link to the original article. It gets even worse. Diversity not Jesus saves.

    Over three decades ago, some groups of Evangelical Christians had construed scripture to say that, in the end times, there will be two churches — the true church led by the Holy Spirit, which will be faithful to orthodox Christian belief, and a false church led by Satan, which will abandon orthodox Christian belief for the ways of this world. I’m not persuaded that such beliefs are the product of legitimate exegesis, but I’m also not persuaded that they are wrong. Indeed, the Presiding Bishop is giving them much credibility!

    Norm.

  4. Mario Josipovic says:

    A few years ago, I struggled my way through “Against Heresies” by St Irenaeus and was dumbfounded at how various gnostic interpretations of the Gospels could stretch their meaning to ludicrous ends. Without a Magisterium to guide us, idiosyncratic interpretations of Holy Scriptures ultimately result. This particular incident is another proof point of Blessed Cardinal Newman’s critique of private judgment!

  5. Richard Grand says:

    KJS is speaking for herself only. Yes, she holds an office where she should be more careful about making heterodox or unusual interpretatons of scripture. However, she does not speak for the Anglican Communion or even for the Episcopal Church. Most clergy make errors from time to time, although this is no excuse for what she has said. Nonetheless, don’t condemn all Anglicans because of her, just as you would not codemn all Roman Catholics becasue of some of the words or actions of a few. Or just one.

    • Mario Josipovic says:

      Dear Mr Grand,

      I am not sure how my comment “condemns” all Anglicans. By way of personal background, I worshipped as one for seven years (including service as a Churchwarden) and count very many Anglicans as close friends. Most of my Anglican friends would agree that an Anglican Primate making such commentary is scandalous. None of them would agree with my point that this supports Bl. Cardinal Newman’s critique of private judgment – hence why they remain Anglican! They view private judgment as sufficient to support a basic level of consensus that constitutes fundamental Christian belief and that all other matters are “adiaphora” – which is an enormous difference from Catholic doctrine.

      Interestingly, none of my Anglican friends would say my pointing this out is a “condemnation” of them! If we cannot respectfully point out these obvious theological differences, what hopes of ecumenism?

      Mario Josipovic

    • Rev22:17 says:

      Richard,

      You wrote: KJS is speaking for herself only. Yes, she holds an office where she should be more careful about making heterodox or unusual interpretatons of scripture. However, she does not speak for the Anglican Communion or even for the Episcopal Church.

      Perhaps, but I seriously doubt that she began departing radically from the clear witness of scripture only after her election to her current office. Thus, there’s certainly a reasonable presumption that her comments reflect the views of those who elected her to her present office.

      You wrote: Most clergy make errors from time to time…

      Yes, but there are two types of errors.

      >> Sometimes we misspeak, saying something in a way that conveys a meaning other than that which we really intend. Such errors do not represent a fundamental error in belief, and thus are relatively minor even though they might cause a stir.

      >> And on the other hand, sometimes we speak out of an error in belief or understanding and thus make a statement that we believe to be right but that is really wrong. In doctrinal matters, these errors constitute heresy, rendering those who commit them unfit for any role in ecclesial leadership until they repent.

      The present case seems to be in the latter category.

      You wrote: Nonetheless, don’t condemn all Anglicans because of her…

      I agree that we should not condemn all Anglicans — or for that matter, any Anglicans, including Katherine Jefferts-Schori. Jesus died on the cross for her salvation, and we pray that she will find him.

      But we absolutely must condemn this heresy.

      Norm.

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