William Murchison gets right to the point in his eloquent account of mainline Protestantism’s near-terminal degeneration, written poignantly from an Anglican’s perspective:
Whenever traditional Christianity clashed with late-twentieth-century culture, the Episcopal Church normally weighed in on the side of the culture: for enhanced choice in life, for more laxity and less permanence in belief.
Don’t take Murchison’s word for it: Listen to those responsible for the dwindling Episcopalian flock. Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, the first woman to be elected as primate in the worldwide Anglican Communion, is not done being an agent of change. She recently told delegates to her church’s triennial convention that the notion “that we can be saved as individuals, that any of us alone can be in right relationship with God” is the “great Western heresy.”
That’s why Jefferts Schori said she had chosen “Ubuntu”—which is supposed to be an African word for sharing and caring—as the theme for the Episcopalian meeting. “Ubuntu doesn’t have any ‘I’s in it,” she noted in her Opening Address to the convention.
The “I” only emerges as we connect—and that is really what the word means: I am because we are, and I can only become a whole person in...