Fractured Christian World(s) - Sightings (Martin Marty)
This past week a gathering of Anglican religious leaders, heads of the various branches of the world-wide Anglican communion. They voted to suspend the American branch (the Episcopal Church) from participating in the business of the Anglican Communion for a period of three years. The primary point of division is differing understandings of sexuality, especially regard LGBT persons. This event is evidence of fractures within the broader Christian community, some of which is rooted in the tensions between European and North American churches and the churches of the global south. There has been tremendous growth in the Global South and in Asia (a majority of Christians now live outside the traditional homeland). Theologically and socially the churches of the South are more conservative than their northern siblings. This has caused tension. Martin Marty lifts up the issue, noting that the diversity and fracturing isn't new. The question is where does it lead? Take a read, offer your thoughts.