Bishop N. T. (Tom) Wright is a prolific author and somewhat of a darling among evangelical Anglicans. He is one of those increasing rarities, a true academic and an effective Bishop. He has written a thoughtful response to GAFCon, which has drawn wide criticism from supporters of the conference. While is sympathetic to what the conference sought to do he believes (as I do) that the future of Anglicanism is the Windsor Report and the Covenant which will be central to the upcoming Lambeth Conference. The paper reads in part -
"In particular, though, there is something very odd about the proposal to form a ‘Council’ and then to ask such a body to ‘authenticate and recognise confessing Anglican jurisdictions, clergy and congregations’ – and then, as an addition, ‘to encourage all Anglicans to promote the gospel and defend the faith’. Many Anglicans around the world intend to do that in any case, and will not understand why they need to be ‘recognised’ or ‘authenticated’ by a new, self-selected and non-representative body to which they were not invited and which will not itself, it seems be accountable to anyone else."
The paper is a couple of pages long and can be found here.
For those of you still struggeling with the alphabet soup of organizations, the Time Magazine story explaining GAFCon can be found at
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