Two disparate groups of Christians—Anglo-Catholics (including many middle-of-the-road Episcopalians as well as those who unabashedly wear the Anglo-Catholic label) and Evangelical Conservatives (including many who would also call themselves Fundamentalists and many Anglican Evangelicals) have much more in common than is generally realized, and might well develop a closer relationship.
The outward manifestations of these two traditions are so divergent and their points of difference so striking that their areas of agreement pass almost unnoticed.
Some Common Ground
Yet beneath their differences there is a strong bond of union based on things held in common. While the things that divide them are far from superficial and are incapable, at this time, of resolution, there is enough common ground that each group finds the theological climate of the other more hospitable than that of opposing camps within the same denomination.
Their first point of agreement is in holding to definite and fixed beliefs as contrasted with the relativist approach of their liberal brethren. Differing in convictions, they agree that convictions matter. Differing in their apprehension of truth, they agree that truth is a reality, not an illusion; it is fixed and not relative.
Leading out of this is a common suspicion of current ecumenical thought which seeks to minimize the importance of doctrine and unite Christendom on a least common denominator basis.
Both worship the God of the Bible—Jehovah of the Old Testament and the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ of the New—who are held to be one and the same. Neither has any sympathy for such speculations about God as those of Tillich, since they profess to know God by virtue of his self-revelation.
Both are Bible ...1
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