Is Resigned Bishop James A. Pike a heretic? The Episcopal Church is officially studying the problem as a result of last month’s meeting of the House of Bishops (see previous issue, page 53). On the eve of that meeting, Pike stated these views in an interview with Ken Gaydos of KBBI, Los Angeles:
Q: Back in March, United Press International quoted you as saying, “What we need today is fewer beliefs and more believers.” In what are we to believe?
PIKE: First, from the data that suggests a certain measure of order on which science and technology rest—beauty, love, grace, the unexpected breakthroughs in life—I see something here that enables me to affirm that there is a unison in the universe; a consolating, organizing Evolver who is at least personal since we have been evolved, and we have personality, and no stream rises higher than its source. Beyond this, I do not affirm any more by extrapolation all the way out to the skies that he is omni-this, omni-that, and omni-the-other. When we do that, we set up the problem of evil, if he’s omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent. I would not deny any of these “omni’s.” It’s just that this is going way, way beyond the data in the modest inference I’d make.
Q. Do you believe in an eternal life?
PIKE: I would say there is not only eternal life, but we are in it now, which will lead me to say, “Let’s get with it, now. Here is where I’m called to decide, serve, love, hopefully be loved, and enjoy one world at a time, to be sure, but as set in the context of eternal life.”
Q: When does this eternal life begin for a person, and for whom?
PIKE: I believe I’m already in a dimension beyond that which you see in the special temporal container I am wearing.
Q: Who else is in eternal life? Would you ...1
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