“Katay=New Perspective, New Perspective=Bad”

The title of this post comes from a new series over at Gold, Silver and Precious Stones where Katay is undertaking an incredibly bold but incredibly important and positive step – to try and clear the air. And its already creating a bit of a buz; here and here and I’m sure much more to come.

Anyone who has kicked around certain circles for even the briefest of moments is aware of the controversy that Andrew’s name carries. I have lost count of how many times I’ve had to ‘defend myself’ for having served with him at Uni and Church. But Katay’s project, I think, represents a far bigger problem than the ‘New Perspective’. The problem is this; the readiness with which the term ‘heretic’ is bandied about.

Here’s a slightly funny, but nonetheless distressing example of what I mean. Just this week my wife was labelled a heretic for talking about infant baptism. The funny part is that this happened at Moore college by a fellow student (who by the way did not think to tell my wife she was a heretic before telling others)! Last time I checked Moore College was an Anglican training ground.

But again this is only symptomatic of a very real and very serious problem – our readiness to use the term ‘heretic’. My hunch is that more often than not, when the word heretic is thrown around in our churches and christian scenes, its nothing more than gossip. Gossip dressed up as a ‘zeal for the truth’.

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4 Responses to ““Katay=New Perspective, New Perspective=Bad””

  1. Are you for real mate? Someone seriously said that to Claire??? Flippin’ heck – what a goose.

    Seriously – whoever that thoughtless idiot is, ought to realise that he’s put himself in a very narrow group of ‘supposedly orthodox’ people who hold to Credobaptism only. Calvin would have ripped him to theological shreds.

    Actually, I dare that person to come and call me that. I’ll stand alongside Claire and yourself, all Anglicans who sign the 39 articles, and of course, good old Calvin. I hope that goose apologises.

    Heretic is a ridiculously serious word. It ought never be used about one’s opinion on secondary issues. And actually, it ought be used with caution at any rate. After all, people might just be wrong…?

    The irony is that, by turning second order issues into first order issues, this person has committed himself to a position that looks very much like what he’s accusing others of! Sheesh!

    So, tell Claire that she’s a legend from me. And that she stands in a long line of supposed ‘heretics’ who hold to infant baptism!!!

  2. Just saw Clair’es fb status about submitting the same assesment twice and receiving two widely different marks – sounds like a fun week at college for her.

    It’s funny how quick people are to label people a heretic when they disagree with our doctrinal positions, but then we never stop to think what we’re doing when we start spreading gossip and hearsay (i.e. mud slinging).

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