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February 15, 2005

Distinctions matter

From the UK Telegraph:

Clergy who deny the existence of God and other key doctrines could soon face heresy trials in the Church of England.

Proposals to set up tribunals to try doctrinal cases were rejected by the Synod last year but the House of Laity overwhelmingly voted yesterday to reintroduce them.

Members of the House, who were meeting before the full Synod began, criticized liberal clergy for diluting traditional teaching, though one said that they did not propose burning heretics at the stake.

Why should that even be a debate. The foundational thing that defines a religion is belief. If they have no way of regulating the beliefs espoused and taught by the clergy and members of that particular religion, then what good is it? Would these same Liberals want to eat mushrooms that had been picked without any clearly defined distinctions between the edible and the poisonous kinds?

Posted by Jack Lewis at February 15, 2005 09:13 AM

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