Anglican Envoy to Rome Walking Back Denial of Christ’s Bodily Resurrection

Juicy Ecumenism | 1/15/2019 | Jeffrey Walton
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An interim director of the Anglican Center in Rome is qualifying and expanding earlier statements that appear to question the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ after coming under criticism from clergy and lay leaders across the Anglican Communion.

The Very Rev. Dr. John Shepherd, a retired Australian clergyman, was last week named as temporary director of the permanent Anglican Communion presence in Rome.

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“The Resurrection of Jesus ought not to be seen in physical terms, but as a new spiritual reality,” Shepherd, then Dean of Perth, stated in a 2008 Easter video message recently shared by Australian clergyman and blogger David Ould. “It is important for Christians to be set free from the idea that the Resurrection was an extraordinary physical event which restored to life Jesus’s earthly body.”

“The Gospel accounts are not historical records as we understand them,” Shepherd continued. “They are symbolic images of the breaking through of the resurrection spirit into human lives.”

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The director of the Anglican Center acts as an ambassador from the See of Canterbury to the Roman Catholic Church, participating in ecumenical efforts between the two Christian churches.

Tyler O’Neil of PJ Media quotes me on why this appointment has become such a controversy:

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“It is not sensible to appoint a representative who does not share the core beliefs of the group he ostensibly represents,” Jeff Walton, Anglican program director at the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD), told PJ Media in a statement Monday. “The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ is a core belief of Anglican Christianity and is taken seriously by the vast majority of the 80 million plus Anglicans worldwide.”

Furthermore, doubting the Resurrection “ties directly to a key...
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