:While the anglican church may dissapear in England I think evangelical protestantism will absorb a good part of its loss.:
Actually, a large part of evangelical Protestantism in England is Anglican. That is one of the main reasons why it’s unlikely that Anglicanism in England will disappear. It may eventually be disestablished and become an evangelical denomination, which I would regard as unfortunate but not the worst-case scenario.
: hopefully we absorb some of the loss as well. Seen shows where many evangelicals are having missionaries go to England. Which is a brilliant idea as most are unchurched and in a dying denomination.:
Actually it’s the usual blind Darwinist competition of American Protestants. Evangelical Anglicans are actually at the forefront of evangelization in England, and American evangelicals ought to cooperate with them (to their credit, many do). Ever heard of the Alpha program?
:I had to do a double take an Anglican talking about chruch authority.:
Well, that shows your ignorance of Anglicanism. Which is not a vice–just learn humbly instead of making dogmatic statements about something you don’t understand.
: Hate to say it but I was like hey wasn’t King Herny the VIII breaking away from the Church with the ultimate authority:
But that’s begging the question. Precisely what we deny is that the Church of Rome (I’m using that phrase precisely, not polemically, so don’t jump on me–I’m talking about the local See of Rome of which the Pope is the Bishop) or any other particular Church has ultimate authority. Rather, ultimate authority rests in the consensus of the whole Church. However, I have to say that historically Anglicans have put far too much weight on the autonomy of “particular churches,” by which we meant national churches. This national church idea is our fundamental error and it’s coming back to bite us. (Bishop Bruno, for instance, clearly seems to think that ECUSA can invoke the authority of the Church for its decisions, even when they go against Tradition and the consensus of the Anglican Communion, not to say the Church as a whole.)
The question is whether there is a way to affirm the authority of the whole Church without submitting to the Papacy in all its second-millenium developments. Of course you think there isn’t, but some of us are still struggling with that, because some of those developments seem so clearly contrary to Scripture and Tradition. Furthermore, for all their faults, the Orthodox are a good example of a functioning authority based on consensus.