Seeking Wisdom in the Spaces of Schism (Living Church essay)

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I was lucky enough to come second in The Living Church’s Student Essays in Christian Wisdom Competition. They’ve just posted my entry on the Covenant blog, which you can find here. It deals with how we can look at points of schism as providing resources for navigating the fracturing or relationship—in this case, Richard Hooker and S.T. Coleridge’s accounts of reason. Hope it’s enjoyable, and here’s the first paragraph! (p.s. For any reading who considered entering, it’s well worth doing so next year.)

Division in the Church is at least as old as First Corinthians. It has had a long and storied past since then — to take two examples, a cursory glance over Christian history can cover the East-West Schism and the Reformation. There are of course positives to these great schisms. The churches that emerged from them have given rise to profound theological traditions and inspired faithful Christians, whilst efforts at rapprochement have provided beautiful moments of Christian dialogue. For all this, however, schism still pains the body of Christ. The bread at the Eucharist is indeed broken so that many may be fed, but this is the breaking open of God’s unity that brings diverse peoples together in grace. Even in the best light, schism is a fracture caused by the yeast of the Pharisees, where the imposition of human unity casts difference as necessitating division.

You can read the whole piece here


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