Last night I attended the excellent ‘Holy Ground’ event put on by Exeter Cathedral. It was only my third visit but whenever I can’t go I often hear reports of what was on and how it went.
I really like the willingness of the Exeter team to reach beyond the pre-existing boundaries, to host speakers who will challenge and dare I say, yes I dare, upset/offend.
As a worship experience, God is worshipped in wonderful Trinitarian language, and Christ is proclaimed through thoughtful, contemporary liturgy.
Last night after the Eucharist service, we listened to the guest speaker, Tony Windross. I’d never heard of Tony, an Anglican minister somewhere in Cornwall. He presented his case as his book title says, The Thoughtful Guide to Faith’.
I sat there and listened; I tried to really listen, and see if I could hear anything worth dying for; indeed anything worth living for; anything that didn’t tear up my epistemological foundations with sweeping assumptions and generalities.
But it seemed to me that Tony had nothing to proclaim. I totally agree with him that the Church-in-the-pews for too long has lived in the toxic environment of infantalisation and anti-intellectualism. I myself have commended a book arguing the same things in Relating Faith, a book written by one of the cleverest Christians I know!