The draft Anglican Covenant - MCU response: summary of the arguments

from Signs of the Times No. 26 - Jul 2007

We wish to make three main arguments against the Draft Anglican Covenant:

  • This is an unjustified and extensive innovation in Anglican ecclesiology.
  • The central proposal of the Draft Anglican Covenant is to concentrate power in the hands of the 38 Primates of the Anglican Communion.

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Conscientious objection

by Mary Roe from Signs of the Times No. 26 - Jul 2007
[Reply to Jonathan Clatworthy in Signs of the Times No. 25 - Apr 2007]

I really can't let you get away with '[conscientious objectors] claim superior moral insight by reason-trumping divine revelation alone'.

The Christian conscientious objector bases that stance on the combination of scripture (not just sayings such as 'turn the other cheek' 'vengeance is mine, says the Lord,' etc. but on the event which is central to the faith and has provided the universal symbol of it: the cross) and on reason.

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Good religion, good science

Editorial by Jonathan Clatworthy
from Signs of the Times No. 26 - Jul 2007

The recent Hay Festival included a debate between three scientists about religion.

Martin Rees, the Astronomer Royal, argued that science is under attack and needs as many allies as it can get:

'If we give the impression that science is hostile to even mainstream religion, it will be more difficult to combat the kinds of anti-science sentiments that are really important'.

This is hardly a recommendation of religious belief; but it was too much for the other panellists.

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