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How the TEC mind operates and why it truly is a different religion clad in Christian terminology

From Barbara Gauthier

I've found the following to be the most helpful in providing some of the back story to what happened in TEC, what's happening now to the C of E and what will happen to the rest of the Anglican Communion if they do not take action to stop it.

I think these essays would be particularly useful to AM readers because what Sanders and Turner were describing in the US/Canada a decade ago (2003-2005) is now present tense in England and the trajectory is the same.

The following are helpful essays by Dr. Robert Sanders (all date from 2002-2005, when this radical new revisionist interpretation of Christianity was coming to the surface for the first time):

Friedrich Schleiermacher

A discussion of Schleiermacher as the grandfather of the ecstatic or liberal way of understanding God.

Objective and Ecstatic

This essay contrasts two ways of understanding God. I call them the "objective" and the "ecstatic" approaches to God. These two ways underlie the theological division that exists in the church today. Once these two ways are seen, the way for the reform of the church can be seen in a clearer light.

The Ecstatic Heresy

Describes the principal heresy that afflicts the Episcopal Church, and in a series of contrasting statements, shows how it differs from orthodoxy.

Mystical Paganism — An Analysis of the Presiding Bishop's Public Statements

This essay is a theological analysis of public statements made by the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. This essay shows that he espouses a definite theological perspective, the ecstatic perspective. The essay also sheds light on the corporate thinking of the Episcopal Church.

The Presiding Bishop's Letter to the Primates

Theologically analyzes a letter the Presiding Bishop wrote to the Anglican Primates after Gene Robinson, a practicing homosexual, was approved as a bishop of the Episcopal Church. The analysis shows the letter to be consistent with the mystical, modalistic perspective as developed in the Presiding Bishop's other writings.

Spong is not an Aberration

Shows that Bishop Spong's twelve theses are not an aberration, but the crude and provocative expression of the liberal heresy he first learned in seminary.

The Essential Question

Shows that the essential question in regard to the divisions that now plague the Episcopal Church is not the issue of institutional unity, but whether or not orthodox Christians should take communion with non-orthodox. Once that is decided, institutional unity can be addressed.

Orthodoxy and Revisionism

Describes Orthodoxy and Revisionism, showing what each is and how they differ.

Nicea and the "Invasion" of Bishops in Other Dioceses

Discusses, in light of Nicea, whether bishops should offer, without being invited by the local bishop, episcopal services in dioceses other than their own.

Gnosticism Revived

Draws on diverse sources such as Harold Bloom's book, The American Religion, and articles by Doug LeBlanc and Philip Turner, as well as a sermon by ECUSA's presiding bishop, to desscribe gnostic aspects of ECUSA's operant religion.

Philip Turner (2003-2005):

The Episcopal Preference

How the Episcopal Church fell from orthodoxy into apostasy (1966-2003)

An Unworkable Theology

A descriptive comment on the "Working Theology" of the Episcopal Church U.S.A. (which most Anglicans in the rest of the world no longer recognize as Christian)

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