Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev
Geneva, Feb 15, 2008 / 07:36 pm (CNA).- Russian Orthodox bishop Hilarion Alfeyev, the Moscow Patriarchate’s delegate for international relationships, said on February 15 that liberal Christianity is on its way to extinction. [Well, maybe not yet, but it is heading that way slowly, kicking and gnashing its teeth. I hope he's right in any case.]
"Liberal Christianity will not survive long and political correctness within the Christian environment is destined to die," said during a conference addressing the Ecumenical Council of Churches at Geneva, Switzerland.
The Orthodox bishop also criticized the words of the Anglican primate, Rowan Williams, regarding the "inevitability" of introducing the "sharia" (Muslim Law) in England. [Criticizing Williams is like taking candy from a baby; Williams is a fool not so much because of his Sharia comments, but because he has totally embraced the idea of surrender. He's unwilling to put aside his liberalism to experiment with unity through orthodoxy; we'll see, but I bet the Anglican communion dissolves at this summer's Lambeth Conference.]
"I would like to warn you about the perils of liberal Christianity," a trend, he said, that has sharply divided the Christian community in the last decades.
"Today we can't talk about Christian morality because the standards of 'traditional' and 'liberal' Christians are dramatically different and the abyss between these two branches of Christianity is growing," he added.
Finally in a veiled criticism to the Anglican primate, Hilarion said that "it is not our duty to defend sharia, promote alternative lifestyles or secularized values. Our mission is to announce what Christ himself announced".
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