Affirming the uniqueness of Christ

In the last few minutes, the Church of England’s General Synod has voted overwhelmingly (283-8, with 10 abstentions) in favour of a motion affirming “the uniqueness of Christ in Britain’s multi-faith society”. The text of the motion (with bullet points added by me for clarity) reads as follows:

That this Synod:

The paper referenced in the motion looks very interesting, glancing through it. Any account of the uniqueness of Christ that grounds its argument not only in abstractions but in the liturgy and practice of the church (e.g. the baptismal formula) is always going to be a winner in my book.

So well done, Church of England.  This motion may sound like a statement of the bleedin’ obvious to many of us, but I think many people will have expected a motion like this to struggle more than it did to be passed (I suspect the vote would have been narrower 20 or 30 years ago). And the media (particularly the Guardian) is probably going to do its nut – “a vote for religious intolerance and against social cohesion”, etc. – which is never a bad thing.

HT: Peter Ould, who has been live-blogging the debate.

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4 Responses to Affirming the uniqueness of Christ

  1. Phil Walker says:

    Wow. I certainly was expecting the vote to be far closer than that.

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  3. SimonPotamos says:

    It was interesting to hear the motion described as “controversial” by Evan Davies on the BBC’s flagship Today programme. The lay member proposing this reported that he had found more opposition to the motion in the House of Bishops than among British imams.

  4. Tim Wilson says:

    Wow! There’s hope yet for the Church of England!

    Is this just a statement of faith or will it make any really difference?

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