Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A surprising consensus?

Michael Jensen has a point: A surprising consensus? | Defence against the dark arts | Blogs |
There also seems to be a consensus emerging that 'teaching' is relational rather than functional. It is interesting to see this point emerging from the critiques of John's position, since it doesn't seem to counter his argument per se. But it is a useful thought: authority and teaching belong together not in the sense of an act but through an office or role, which is expressive of a relationship. For some, this means an exclusively male pulpit. For others, it is easily possible to imagine that the person in the pulpit on a particular occasion may not be recognised leader of the congregation, though it would usually be the case that it is. Student ministers in their early 20s, for example, frequently give sermons and it is clear to everyone that they are there at the invitation of and by permission of the rector.

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