I was asked by the Telos Collective a while back to write a post, based upon my work here at Rookie Anglican, about what’s drawing people into the Anglican tradition.
Writing the post was a helpful exercise in summarizing what I’ve been noticing since starting Rookie Anglican about two years ago. I used what I’m calling “subversive cultural resonance” as an organizing concept.
You can read the full post over at the Telos Collective’s blog. Here’s a taste of what I mean by “subversive cultural resonance”:
No “culture of this world” can be equated with the culture of Jesus Christ. This is, I suggest, the important sense in which Christians (and not just Anglican ones) should not be “seeker-sensitive.”
And yet, on the other hand, the very mission of the church seems to demand that Christians be “seeker-sensitive” in the best sense of the phrase. This is because the gospel, though it does contain a powerful critique of a world alienated from God, is only “good news” to the extent that it resonates with (and does not merely refute) the cultures in which it is proclaimed.
So, perhaps we Anglicans need to do a better job of being “seeker-sensitive”—in the sense of resonating with the culture(s).
“Resonating” with the culture, however, does not necessarily mean “approving.” Instead, the church’s resonance with the cultures around it will frequently be “subversive” (again, see Scot McKnight’s previous piece).
Toward that end, I’d like to consider some ways in which I’ve noticed the Anglican tradition subversively resonating with the culture(s) around it—especially those in the United States of America in recent years.
What do you think? Is this a fair account of why people are drawn to the Anglican tradition? Anything you would add or take away from my list?