Monday, October 30, 2006

What is Church for?

Lest this be buried below:

carry on.

This prompts an interesting set of considerations, apart from "Should this person be welcomed into this (i.e., The Episcopal) church?". The primary one is what distinction, if any, do we make between Christianity and religion? Is there one? Or is that a "dancer and the dance" question?

And more to the point: what is church for? Is it for spiritual nurture? Or the close agreement of like minds on essential subjects? And which subjects are essential? "In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, diversity; in all things, charity." How far, then, does charity (the KJV's translation for Paul's agape in 1 Corinthians) extend? Does love have no limits, no end?

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