Isn't this why Cramner was a protestant?
So in all of the hooplah about gay bishops and what-not, people have overlooked one of the resolutions that the Episcopal Church's convention passed (well, not everyone -- Kendall Harmon has been all over it).
The resolution asks a church committee to "collect and develop materials ... to address anti-Jewish prejudice expressed in and stirred by portions of Christian Scriptures and liturgical texts."
What?! We're going to edit the Bible, now?
An Episcopalian who supports the resolution says, "Nobody's talking about changing the Bible, but we are a liturgical church, and like all liturgical churches we pick and choose the parts of Scripture we use in our services. That's different from thinking Scripture itself should be revised."
In other words, as Christianity Today's Weblog puts it, "the Episcopal 'church' isn't saying parts of the Bible should be removed; just that some parts shouldn't be read aloud. As it turns out, only some Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness."
Apparently, some in the Episcopal Church have forgotten that one of Thomas Cramner's big deals was having the Bible put in every church for the inspection of everyone -- he trusted the Scriptures in the hands of the people. Guess these folks don't.
Here's the article from which I got the quote and the resolution-text.
LISTENING TO: Nothing, 'cause I'm sitting here dumbfounded