Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Feb 14th posts, batch 2

From the No Comment Department

February 14th, 2007 posted by kendall at 12:18 pm

(AP) The Los Angeles Zoo paid $4,500 to an expert in the ancient Chinese art of feng shui to ensure three endangered golden monkeys on loan from China can have a strong life force. “It’s very experimental,” Mainini said. “We don’t have any books on feng shui for monkeys. We just have to assume that Darwin is correct and that there is a connection and what is good for humans is good for monkeys.

A reminder about this Blog, Especially to those who are new

February 14th, 2007 posted by kendall at 12:13 pm

Welcome to Titusonenine. We are experiencing huge traffic because of the Anglican Primates meeting in Tanzania, and sometimes in the past as traffic has increased so has neglect of the plea of this blog host to keep the comments civil and courteous.

For example earlier I wrote:

Comments on the Comments Yet Again
Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

(1) Comments are supposed to be about the content of the post on the blog. A number of people are doing what I call “leapfrog” comments where they take the basic subject of a post and then leap off on their thoughts about that particular subject. This soon takes the thread too far afield, and makes it incoherent. We really are interested in your thoughts about the content of the posted article, sermon or whatever it happens to be.

(2) There is a continued problem with the tone of posts. Biting sarcasm is not appropriate. Neither is cyncism drifting into despair. Ad hominem comments are to be avoided. Jumping to conclusions without evidence is not helpful.

There is a great deal more here.

Please continue to take this policy seriously as this week we will need to be particularly tough on those who do not and we wish to have as wide a discussion as possible. Many thanks–KSH.

Ed Jones: Episcopal Church will survive latest strife

February 14th, 2007 posted by kendall at 12:06 pm

IN AN AFRICAN seaport on the Indian Ocean, the world’s third-largest Christian community will wrestle today with deep divisions over homosexuality and biblical authority.

Reverberations from those discussions among the 39 leaders of the Anglican Communion will be felt from a historic church on the Northern Neck to a dusty new cathedral in Sudan.

About 45 parishes in the United States, a tiny minority, have taken action to leave the Episcopal Church, citing a liberal drift in theology. That includes St. Stephen’s in Heathsville.

Yet overseas, particularly in the developing world, the majority of Anglicans and Episcopalians are devoutly conservative on issues of human sexuality.

Caught in the middle are bishops such as Peter James Lee of the Diocese of Virginia, which stretches from Richmond to the D.C. suburbs.

It all sounds ominously catastrophic. Yet if you take a peek in the history books, you’ll find that the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia has witnessed several waves of divisiveness in its 217-year history. And each time, it has survived to carry on its Christian mission.

From civil war to civil rights, the church in Virginia was rocked to its foundations.

Indeed, in the post-Revolutionary War period, the church almost disappeared. Suffice it to say that its traditional ties to England did not win many popularity contests in the late 1700s.

Read it all. For a refutation of the thoroughly fallacious claim that those who oppose the new theology and practice embraced by The Episcopal Church’s leadership are only a “tiny minority” please see this video report.

From NPR: Anglicans Discuss Episcopal Divide in U.S.

February 14th, 2007 posted by kendall at 12:00 pm

As global leaders of the Anglican church meet in Tanzania, a key topic of discussion will be a growing divide within the U.S. Hundreds of conservative churches have voted to split from the mainstream Episcopal church.

Listen to it all.


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