If you’re going to debate doctrine, then debate doctrine
I’ve spent a part of yesterday and today listening online to the Canadian Anglican Synod debate same-sex blessings. The debate so far has been on the following motion which passed (amended, but not substantially) an hour or so ago. What struck me, just as the debate finished, is how off-topic all the speeches were. Here’s the original motion:
BE IT RESOLVED: That this General Synod resolves that the blessing of same-sex unions is consistent with the core doctrine of The Anglican Church of Canada.
Nice and simple. So why did none of the speakers address the motion? You see, I heard and watched hordes of people argue that this was a justice issue, that the Spirit was moving in North America etc, but none of those who supported the motion explained in any way HOW same-sex blessings were consistent with the core doctrine of the ACC. Indeed, the motion was amended to as follows:
That this General Synod resolves that the blessing of same-sex unions is consistent with the core doctrine (in the sense of being creedal) of The Anglican Church of Canada.
However, even when that amendment passed, no speaker afterwards even began to approach whether the Christology / Anthropology of the creeds were affected by Same-sex blessings. In short, nobody debated the words of the motion.
I’ve written before how same-sex blessings affect creedal issues. Whether you support same-sex blessings as a “moral optimum” for those who have same-sex attraction, or whether you believe that active same-sex unions are holy, the fact is that our sexual and emotional relationships speak deeply of Christ, who he is and what he has done. But did anybody in Synod address these issues of doctrine? Did they heck.
In under an hour’s time the Synod will return to debate and then vote on this next motion. Any bets whether they’ll actually do any theology this time? Don’t hold your breath…
Update : The Binkster has just posted this wonderful video with the subtitle, “The new Church Anthem of the Canadian Anglican Church”