The Diseased Imaginings of a Tainted Mind
Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
John 14:6, NRSV
This is one of those lines that quite annoys us liberals. It seems to portray a very narrow-minded view of God, and not one that sits quite happily with our view. Indeed, it was a topic of some small discussion at a lecture last Friday. I personally have been struggling with this statement, so often used by the American Evangelical Conservatives to prove that those that who don’t believe are doomed.
However, I was reading ” Dear Rowan, Please Save the C. Of E.”
A fascinating book, by a self-confessed heretic, and former Unpaid Priest of Upton in England. The book itself is fascinating, and it is interesting to find out that his licence to serve as a Parish Priest was revoked because of some of his actions and Theology.
In the closing pages of this book, I found a reference to Bishop John Robinson, a New Testament Scholar, who wrote the book Truth is Two-Eyed
I’ve not read this book, though it may be worth getting out of the library to take a look. Anyway, here’s the section from “Dear Rowan” that caught my eye:
Those opposed to liberals, especially liberals like me who regard other religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism as equal to Christianity, usually quote the words ascribed to Jesus in John’s Gospel: ‘No one comes to the Father but by me.’ Bishop John Robinson, a great New Testament scholar, became an acquaintance of mine, and something of a mentor, in the final months of his life. He presented to me a copy of what he regarded as his finest book, Truth is Two-Eyed in which he argues that this saying should be interpreted in the light of John’s opening verses, which provides the theological prism through which the rest of the Gospel should be interpreted. Jesus is identified with the eternal Logos, the divine Word that is the agent of all creation, and is present throughout creation. Thus we should expect to find that all people, of any religion or none, possess an innate knowledge of the divine; the path of Christ is to deepen that knowledge.
This is not a view that the Author, Rev. Robert Van de Weyer holds, but it started ringing bells for me. It shows that the line “I am the Truth, the Way, and the Light” is something much deeper, much more profound than a simple reading of it would suggest. Here you can see the divine “call” that circulates through everyone, that connection to the other that exists within, and throughout everyone. The call that gives rise to superstitions, other forms of religion, other access to the divine. It’s an answer that I’m sure I knew when I was much, much younger, but have forgotten between now and then. It was nice to have it brought to life, and even better to be able to put it here, with references for those who might be struggling with this particular piece of the Bible, as I was.
The Dean of St. Davids Cathedral, the Very Reverend John Wyn Evans has been elected 128th Bishop of the Diocise of St. Davids.
He was elected by an Electoral College”lock in” following the resignation of the former Bishop Rt Rev. Bishop Carl Cooper in may. The Electoral College is made up of representative from all six of the Welsh dioceses, with the dioceses of St. Davids being represented by six lay people and six clergy. The remaining five dioceses by three lay people and three clergy each as well as the remaining Diocesan Bishops.
The Archbishop of Wales, Dr. Barry Morgan had this to say:
“I am delighted with the result of this election. It is obvious that Wyn has enormous support both within and without the diocese. He is a safe pair of hands and also a man who can move the diocese forward and continue its good work.”
The Rt. Rev. John “Wyn” Evans, 61, has served as Dean to the St. Davids Cathedral for the past 14, driving the fund-raising efforts to restore the Cathedral, raising a much-needed 5.5 million pounds. He was stunned and Honoured to be elected Bishop of the diocese he has served for so long.
As was inevitable, the question of his predecessor was brought up. Rt. Rev. Evans had this to say:
“We are fortunate that Bishop Carl gave the diocese a sense of purpose and direction which I look forward to continuing.”
An interesting statement considering the cloud that Bishop Carl left under. The arguments over what action should be taken on these allegations did cause a lot of resentment and bad feeling in the diocese. It will take a lot to bring the diocese back into line, especially those who had threatened to look for other kinds of leadership.
It is said that Bishop Carl was young, an experiment about whether or not Wales was ready for someone who “had ideas”, who wanted to get things done. It appears, on the most part, they were, however, the allegations seemed to undo everything. The Rt. Rev. Evans is a return to what is familiar. It is hoped that his drive and courage continue to bring St. Davids into the here and now.
Original Source: The Church In Wales