Notable and Quotable (I)

This was not just an instance of the West defining itself against Christianity, but also, more tellingly, of a post-Christian West, still recovering from seeing religion as contagion, mobilizing behind a domesticated highbrow view of culture for safeguard.

At Lambeth itself, and subsequently, there was widespread consternation among Western bishops that the Third World bishops seemed misguided enough to think that the Bible could replace enlightened reasonableness as a standard of guidance and Christian teaching. The unprecedented large conversions taking place in Africa and elsewhere were viewed as unwelcome resistance in the path of the West’s cultural juggernaut.

Lamin Sanneh, the D. Willis James Professor of Missions and World Christianity and professor of history at Yale Divinity School

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, - Anglican: Analysis, Global South Churches & Primates, Same-sex blessings, Sexuality Debate (in Anglican Communion)