"Toward an Anglican Theology in the Spirit of Windsor" paper by Revd Canon Dr. Tim Connor & Revd Canon Dr. George Sumner
Thursday February 1st, 2007
In a recent address to a conference at Huron College, University of Western Ontario, the Revd Canon Dr. Timothy Connor and the Revd Canon Dr. George Sumner presented a paper entitled, Toward an Anglican Theology in the Spirit of Windsor, in the course of which they proposed a set of “theological convictions” that they deemed essential in any construal of Anglican self-understanding. These convictions or theses were as follows:
Thesis One: the Lambeth Quadrilateral identifies four interrelated elements of ecclesial communion on which sustained, informed theological reflection must take place: Scripture, Creeds, Sacraments and Orders.
Thesis Two: Scripture stands in a relation of asymmetry to Creeds, Sacraments and Orders; it is supreme and sufficient in matters of Christian doctrine and practice.
Thesis Three: Scripture and Sacraments, insofar as they render the death-resurrection of Jesus Christ apprehensible to faith, stand together inextricably.
Thesis Four: The Creeds as distillations of the Church’s understanding of the gospel form the interpretative matrix of Scripture in communion.
Thesis Five: The ministry of bishops, presbyters and deacons serves the gospel in communion in the right ordering of Christian doctrine and practice.