“But bishop why don’t you write theologically, Isn’t that what bishops do?”
Over the last year in my other blog: thebishopsviews.wordpress.com I have spent time looking at the issues of the day from my perspective as a human person, a citizen and as a bishop in the Anglican Church of Canada. I have not written as a journalist, an academic, a politician or as an expert of anything. I have written as myself a person like any other person who lives many roles and has many opinions. The joy of writing in a blog is that anyone can do it and no one is forced to read the texts that you supply.
Now that doesn’t mean that those who write blogs have total license to write whatever they choose with no responsibility for what they express. We must be accountable to the laws of decency and mutual respect. I have said some very hard things regarding a number of politicians and a number of political parties. I was known during my time as an elected member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as particularly hard on my own government and party. I believe we have a democratic right to hold politicians and governments accountable whether they agree when they are in power or not.
Recently, I have been asked by a number of people to write the theological basis for the political views that I hold. I have decided to do this by setting up a different blog which will afford me opportunity to write in a different way about many of the same issues. We are fortunate as Anglican Christians and as Canadians not to have to subscribe to the mindless doctrine that has gained much acceptance south of the border known as “separation between church and state”. This is not something we have traditionally believed in and this is clearly seen in the fact that the churches in Canada have a long history of engaging in public discussion and political activity throughout the history of Canada.
So, on these pages I will wax theological and grapple with the issues of our day and write from a slightly different perspective. I hope that if you resonate or take umbrage with something that I have written that you will so indicate. I include virtually all comments save those that are obviously hurtful and belittling to others or comments that could transgress the bounds of decency.
One last note if I may. I will post a few theological pieces that I have written for various addresses over the last few years as a means of starting this blog off. Welcome, and let the exchange of ideas begin!