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Saturday, July 19, 2003


Twenty-four American bishops say they're going to break away from the Episcopal Church if the election of a gay man as bishop in New Hampshire is approved by the national church.

Best quote about the threatened split in the Anglican Communion:

"I never knew that the Anglican Communion was together," said the Rev. Canon Edward W. Rodman, professor of pastoral theology and urban ministry at the Episcopal Divinity School, in Cambridge, and an advisor to a consortium of liberal Episcopal groups. "That's one of the problems with the conservatives' rhetoric. All the provinces of the Anglican Communion are autonomous, so what is there to fracture?"

Gnostics everywhere.

The bartender at the Auberge St.-Pierre in Quebec, where Mr. and Mrs. Philocrites enjoyed a perfect honeymoon, told us that Catholicism doesn't appeal to young people anymore — but gnosticism does! (He liked Rosicrucianism, too.) In today's Globe, Harvard Divinity School professor Karen King talks about her new book on gnosticism — and says:

The situation Christians were facing under Roman persecution as a minority group is vastly different than, say, [what] American Christians face today. We have to ask ourselves if the notion of having God on the throne [is] the kind of theology we need, or do we need Jesus the teacher, the one who's telling us to love our neighbors.


But even more popular than gnosticism is Harry Potter, who also has inspired scholarly work. Read "The Phenomenology of Harry, or the Critique of Pure Potter" to learn why J.K. Rowling may have made the "most visible contribution to Stoicism's re-emergence as a viable, practical philosophy offering comfort and guidance in these uncertain times," among many other things.

Copyright © 2003 by Philocrites | Posted 19 July 2003 at 12:26 PM

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