Tuesday, July 22, 2008
BBC Documentary on Peter Akinola and GAFCON
Informative BBC documentary about Nigerian Anglican leader Peter Akinola, aka "The Hammer of God" (watch to find out why he's called so, this lad has balls, two big brass one's) and the GAFCON movement. Tom Wright does a few cameos as the orthodox bishop who still supports Rowan Williams and gives a minority report against GAFCON. John Chane, episcopal bishop of Washington, gives the liberal side and looks like a cross between machiavellian merchant banker and the grand inquisitor. Chane's message seems to be that absolute pluralism is the new orthodoxy of Anglicanism and those who demur are, well, listen for yourself! The BBC reporter was about as objective as Pravada reporting on American politics and constantly digging at these feisty conservatives who demand allegiance to "their" interpretation. Once more, he neglects the fact that their interpretation on sexuality happens to be the one formally endorsed at Lambeth 1998 and he fails to recognize the far ranging diversity in the GAFCON movement itself. Still, a very insightful and eye opening account, esp. the testimony by one of the Nigerian bishops.