|The Origins of the
Operative Theology of The United Church of Canada
Which has had the greater influence in the theological formation
of The United Church of Canada: the Calvinist tradition or the Wesleyan? . . . .
Schleiermacher, the German
romantic liberal, has been the determining influence
|The United Church
and Ordination of Active Homosexuals: A Critique
"The central thrusts of the report include . . . A
view of the Bible which uses the word 'authority' but which deprives the Bible of any
authority . . . .The elevation of an ideology which denatures the gospel . . . . An
insistence that the quality of a relationship is sufficient to legitimize sexual intimacy
. . . . A devaluation of the Fall so thoroughgoing as virtually to deny the Fall."
|A Code of
"....I cannot append my signature to the document
that is now before the church, for the document appears to
(i) reinforce the anti-gospel theology and practice of the denomination, (ii) aim
at suppressing dissent born of gospel-conviction."
|A Comment on
"The Authority And Interpretation Of Scripture"
"The document is flawed throughout by its
orientation: anthropology replaces Christology . . . . ."
A Recovery of the Doctrine of the Trinity Assist the Restoration of
the United Church of Canada?
"One issue facing the church, then, is
this: is the doctrine of the Trinity baggage which is not only unnecessary but is
actually a threat to the seaworthiness of the ship (church) as it appears to founder in
the storms of modernity? or is it ballast in the ship's keel apart from which the
ship will capsize in even moderate winds?"
|A Comment on
"Toward a Renewed Understanding of Ecumenism"
"In the document before The United Church of
Canada (ecumenical) has come to mean something akin to 'lowest common religious
"Voices United denies the transcendence of
God . . . the Trinity has all but disappeared . . . . . Voices United
combines fine hymns and terrible hymns on the assumption . . that . . no one should feel
left out; there should be something here for everybody . . . . the 'Lord's prayer' has
been re-written, 'Our Father and Mother' . . .
|The Incarnation and
the Moderator of the
United Church of Canada
"Phipps persists in denying the foundation of the
church. . . . in denouncing what the apostle Jude calls 'the faith once for all delivered
to the saints.'"
Expert testimony given by Dr. Shepherd demonstrated
that the United Church of Canada has intentionally and repeatedly contravened its own Basis
of Union in its formal theology as well as its day-to-day operative theology.