Sunday, August 13, 2006

Spirit
Trash and vanity

Somewhere along the way, as she mulled over the strife in the Episcopal Church, your blogstress apparently included a link to the blog of a conservative Episcopalian -- one dedicated to preserving the orthodoxy that banishes women from the pulpit and gay people from the clergy. The name of the blog is TitusOneNine, so named for a particular verse from St. Paul's letter to Titus: Speaking of the duties of a man of God, Paul writes of the importance of "holding firmly to the faithful word as respects his [art of] teaching, that he may be able both to exhort by the teaching that is healthful and to reprove those who contradict."

Your Webwench's inclusion of the link to the conservative blog,
TitusOneNine, brought forth this reply from a reader who prefers to be known as Wilspon, under the amusing, if irreverent, subject line, TightAssOnline:

From your site I learned of the e-address of the starch-minded American wannebe Anglicans, TitusOneNine, and recommend a meditative reply on TitusThreeNine, "Avoid stupid controversies, geneologies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are trash and vanity."

And don't forget TitusTwoNine: "Tell slaves to be submissive to their masters and to give satisfaction in every respect."

The verse-nine cycle seems to cut in several ways in that arrogant little letter.

--Wilspon

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