Thursday, July 05, 2007

Absurdity #26- You're a Muslim and a Christian???

absurd-ridiculously unreasonable, unsound, or incongruous

Ann Holmes Redding has been an Episcopal priest for 20 years. She claims she became a Muslim last year, but still considers herself a Christian. According to a Seattle Times article, Redding says she has never believed in original sin, and has struggled with the nature of Jesus' divinity for years. Still, she says she is both Muslim and Christian -- "just like I'm both an American of African descent and a woman. I'm 100 percent both. At the most basic level, I understand the two religions to be compatible. That's all I need." Also, Redding's bishop says he accepts her as both an Episcopal priest and a Muslim.

Redding will start teaching New Testament classes at Seattle University this fall. The Times article says she believes the Trinity -- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit -- "is an idea about God" and cannot be taken literally. In addition, she does not believe Jesus and God are the same, but rather that "God is more than Jesus," says the report.

Peter Frank is with the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, a leading conservative diocese. He says Redding's announcement has created a lot of confusion about biblical Christianity.

Redding's confusing announcement, says Frank, should be addressed by conservative Anglicans. "We Episcopalians owe the rest of American Christianity an apology," he says. "You know, we make your job harder by confusing what Christianity actually teaches or about Jesus Himself.

Well, duh, somebody better help this confused Muslim/Christian!

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