Anglican Way Institute

Fr. Sparks will present the following workshop at the Anglican Way Institute summer conference.

C.S. Lewis and the Church

Though he was grew up in a religious environment, Lewis was an atheist until his thirties. In this workshop, we look at the influences in his early life and his profession of atheism and his later conversion. We examine Lewis’ spiritual practices, particularly emphasizing his status as an Anglican layman and popular religious author. Material for review includes biographies of Lewis and his own writings. Our purpose is to learn from Lewis’ life and ideas so we better appreciate the Church and the habits of daily worship.

Foundations of ethics

“Ethics is the study of how humans ought to live as informed by the Bible and Christian convictions.” So wrote Stanley Grenz in his book The Moral Quest. This is the Christian view.

Both the Christian and the secularist draw on the ideas of the Greek philosophers in understanding ethics. Western thinking on the subject has been significantly influenced by Plato and Aristotle. Their teaching centered largely on virtuous living. Traditional philosophy of ethics is based on reason. Continue reading “Foundations of ethics”

This article is part 1 of 1 in the series Ethics.

The Pharisee and the publican

This, then, is a terrible, fearsome lesson concerning the Pharisee who, uncondemned before the world, is damned because of his haughtiness and disdain for other people. For where such pride, as described in our text, is present, there forgiveness of sins cannot be. It was pride that precipitated the noblest angel out of heaven; and the most excellent people on earth, Adam and Eve, were driven from Paradise when they became proud and wanted to be like God…..

Therefore, let everyone humble himself before God, be caring toward his neighbor and not despise him, serve and work faithfully to earn his living, eat and drink; let him take care not to become proud and puffed up, as he sees that he, too, has unclean hands. To these God gives his grace; but those who do not obey will be cast out. For God cannot endure pride, as Mary recounts in her hymn of praise, “He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts; he hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.”

–Dr. Martin Luther on Luke 18:9-14, the Gospel passage for the Eleventh Sunday after Trinity

The Pharisee and the Publican