General Synod is not great but Indaba-daba-doo would be worse

by Julian Mann

One could see the Apostle Paul getting into real trouble with the ‘chair’ of a reconstructed General Synod that disallowed parliamentary-style, adversarial debating and required a more postmodern, consensual, ‘indaba’ approach.

A motion is going before this week’s Synod in London calling for a review of the ‘parliamentarian’ way in which its debates are conducted. The Daily Telegraph’s religious affairs editor, John Bingham, reports that the critical views of the revisionist Bishop of Salisbury, the Right Revd Nicholas Holtam, about the style of Synod have inspired those pushing for a review.

Ironic that, given that Bishop Holtam recently likened opponents of gay marriage to supporters of apartheid. Now the Holtam brigade apparently want to extinguish the fires of odium theologicum with a pile of indaba-daba-doo.

But before they decide to mire themselves in managed dialogues around cafe-style tables, Synod members have a biblical responsibility to consider some rather adversarial statements of the Apostle Paul.

To the churches of Galatia:

Read here

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