The Wesleyan Covenant Association's 'Like-Minded People' Problem

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One of the short-comings of The United Methodist Church is that it began losing its grip on what it really means to be a Christian of the Methodist persuasion during the later 1800's. Currently, one of the most mis-understood concepts John Wesley put forth is his understanding of what it means to truly be a person of the catholic spirit as it related to belonging to a particular faith tradition. I have no doubt that John Wesley would be greatly disappointed that the American branch of The United Methodist Church has become plagued by theological diversity run amuck. Originally, the concept of "being connected" was rooted in the fact that people chose to become connected to Wesley and his particular set of understandings. Spend some quality time with Wesley's sermon on the catholic spirit which is a treatise that defends why there are so many versions of Protestant Christianity because when it comes to being a particular branch of Christianity, Wesley understood that being of like mind is essential.


http://www.umcmission.org/Find-Resources/John-Wesley-Sermons/Sermon-39-Catholic-Spirit

Betsy 64 days ago

Notable Quotes


"Harsh and direct disagreement places thought under pressure. That’s its point. Pressure can be intellectually productive: being forced to look closely at arguments against a beloved position helps those who hold it to burnish and buttress it as often as it moves them to abandon it. But pressure also causes pain and fear; and when those under pressure find these things difficult to bear, they’ll sometimes use any means possible to make the pressure and the pain go away. They feel unsafe, threatened, put upon, and so they react by deploying the soft violence of the law or the harder violence of the aggressive and speech-denying protest. Both moves are common enough in our élite universities now, as is their support by the powers that be. Tolerance for intellectual pain is less than it was. So is tolerance for argument."

– Paul Griffiths, former professor of Catholic theology at United Methodist-related Duke University Divinity School, in an article for Commonweal magazine on why he resigned over a recent conflict with a colleague related to racism training.


   

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