Bookworm has news of a theological breakthrough by the hierarchy of the Episcopal Church in America.
On July 9, 2012, the Episcopalian Church officially banned discrimination against transsexuals. …
What makes the decision to do so funny is that, as one of those who opposed the proposal pointed out, those advancing this successful viewpoint about gender identity issues were explicitly arguing that God erred:
The Rev. Canon James Lewis, Deputy from South Carolina, said that while â€œgender identity and expressionâ€ may have meaning for the proposers, â€œto be honest I would be hard pressed to explain the boundary between identity and expression.â€
â€œNo explanation of these terms or a theological explanation has been offered,â€ he said, adding that the arguments put forward by supporters were incoherent and contradictory. Canon Lewis said that the arguments put forward for the full inclusion of gays and lesbians in the life of the church was that as God had made them that way, and that God did not make mistakes, so the church should not exclude them.
However, the argument put forward by the supporters of the transgendered resolution said in effect that God had made a mistake when he made transgendered people, who by seeking surgery or other means to change their gender were correcting Godâ€™s error.
It seems to me that an official resolution that is predicated on God messing up sort of negates the whole God thing. Itâ€™s one thing to revisit what Heâ€™s said and reinterpret it in different ways (making the Bible the religious equivalent of a Living Constitution), but doesnâ€™t it take things to a whole new level to go out to ones congregants and say that God is as fallible as anybody else, and that itâ€™s up to the Church to take proactive steps to shield individuals from the consequences of Godâ€™s errors?
What the Episcopal Church obviously has done is simply correct the old medieval notions of Ontological hierarchy, preeminence, and omniscience.
In the bad old days, people believed that God was perfect, the supreme ruler of the universe, and omniscient. We now know that the elite community of fashion possesses superior insight and moral understanding and consequently outranks God.
Go and make trouble about any of this, and they’ll take your historic church and sell it to the Muslims for a mosque.
Hat tip to Karen L. Myers.