Finally got around to watching the Compass episode on Anglicans: Sydney Style. Very familiar territory for me, given I grew up in Northmead and converted to Christianity through St Paul’s Anglican in Castle Hill, just a few suburbs away. But for those of you who live elsewhere, I think you’ll find this an interesting window into the Sydney evangelical scene.
One of the things I’ve always found notable, which is illustrated quite explicitly here in this video, is the inverse relationship between inner conservativism and outer conservatism in Sydney Anglicanism. That is, the more flexible the style, the more inflexible the theology and the more flexible the theology, the more inflexible the style. I’ve often used the example of endoskeletons (hard bones, squishy outside, as with fish) and exoskeletons (hard shell, squishy inside, as with crabs) and to describe it.
As for me, well, given my Anabaptist leanings I was never particularly comfortable in either Anglican stream, amongst the Calvinists or the Liberals, so I defected to the Baptists. I guess that makes me a postAnglican.