The world is rightly talking about Michael Curry’s wedding sermon. It was a ‘tour-de-force’. He is very good at preaching. But it also offers us all an insight into the dramatic difference between the two kinds of Christianity that are at odds with each other in the Anglican Communion.
The responses to the news of Billy Graham’s death have been varied, as one might have expected. They stretch from the kind:
“Thank you Billy.
See you on the other side,
To the septic, as in that of the Teen vogue columnist Lauren Duca:
“The big news today is that Billy Graham was still alive this whole time. Anyway, have fun in hell, bitch.”
Archbishop Cranmer, (aka Adrian Hilton) penned a brief but admiring note in which he concentrated on what he perceived as the shift in Graham’s soteriology, and an implicit interrogation of his role as an evangelist.
It has always seemed strange to me that once the gay community won their freedom to marry in civil law, as well having gained legal protection in civil partnerships, they should move onto the offensive and attack the rights of Christian clergy and churches to retain their own distinctive definition of marriage.