Theorists today disagree about how to conceptualize race. Even if no serious person accepts that traditional racial categories are “purely” biological, the meaning and extent of racial categories as “social constructs” is still enormously controversial.
The question for Anglicans and other mainline Protestant denominations is obvious. What is going on in London? Is the diocese a test case in what some sociologists identify as the growth factor that is “contrarian conservatism” in otherwise liberal mainline churches? Or is London different?
Once, there were no corporations. In fact, in European nations prior to the 17th century, there were exactly zero legally recognized associations whose express purpose was to make profit for their shareholders.
However courageous and faithful that renegade German priest was, however steadfast a leader one Jean Calvin proved to be, the resulting division in the body of Christ was – and is – a tragedy. Whatever else it did, the Reformation divided (Christian) brother against brother.
In the early 1980s, the Ontario Government had a problem. Waves of unprecedented student enrolment sparked the troubling rise of “degree mills” in Canada. The government had to respond, and it did so by taking a microscope to its lesser-known degree-granting institutions. In 1982, the Government turned its sights on the Institute for Christian Studies (ICS) in Toronto. It was in for a surprise.
One of the more stunning developments in the global church over the last half-century is the rapid expansion of “house church movements” in Asia. Countries such as China, Indonesia and the Philippines (among many others) now host congregants of house churches in numbers approaching or surpassing tens of millions.
On account of the stated vision for Christian Courier’s newly minted Global News section – and indeed amidst recent rhetoric of “fire and fury” – perhaps it is fitting to direct our attention to Tanimoto, whose unique witness presents Christians today with fundamental questions of identity and purpose.