Wednesday, October 6, 2010
New Cranmer Society Recommendations
The Melbourne Diocese is large, reflecting the sprawling nature of Melbourne and it's synod is disproportionately massive making committee elections complex. New Cranmer Society, the political wing of the evangelicals recently issued a recommended how-to-vote ticket. It's not necessary in Tassie because you can fairly quickly identify all the candidates without too much trouble, but that's highly unlikely in Melbourne. I acknowledge church politics is an uneasy mixture of piety and skullduggery, really much like the church or ancient Israel if you think about it. Some people get silly and try to hide this fact or the fact that how-to-vote lists exist but I like that New Cranmer is open about it, it's like being open about Original Sin! The lists of candidates and New Cranmer's recommendations are quite interesting, gives you an insight into where people sit theologically or at least where New Cranmer perceives them to be on the theological-political spectrum. (There is, but I can't find their website, also a liberal/progressive political group at the Melbourne Synod.) For example David Powys infamous for the his promotion of Annihilation sits higher in the list then the apologist Mark Durie whose blog is in my blog roll. It'd be interesting to compare the how-to-vote lists alongside the complete list of candidates and against the liberal/progressive how-to-vote list, that would be very instructive, but would take too much time to gather.