Monday, May 16, 2005
bishop theologians... or the lack thereof
It occurs to me -- just a thought, really -- that maybe the reason there are almost (absolutely?) no bishops in ECUSA who are very theologically sophisticated is because ECUSA is overly democratic in its canonical / constitutional functioning. What I mean is that becasue bishops must be elected by their jurisdictions, and because their election must be ratified by General Convention, we wind up with a bunch of crowd-placating compromisors. There are certainly no N.T. Wright's in America, no Rowan Williamses. And it seems as though there have not been any for a very long time. In fact, I can't think of any American episcopal (in the broad sense) theologians. Does Philips Brooks count as a theologian bishop, or was he merely one of the first true heretic bishops? Does anyone know?
Posted by gwb at 10:02 AM