Then yesterday, Scot McKnight, noted NT scholar and blogger at Jesus Creed, announced his upcoming ordination in the Anglican Communion.
How is it, these two noted scholars (both of whom I respect as NT scholars) can leave behind their baptistic tradition for a paedobaptist one? We are talking differences in ecclesiology here (church polity, understanding of the sacraments, worship, etc)!
Bird, however, did mention that he found Baptists lacking in their understanding of the sacraments and that they could use a lot more catholicity in their understanding of church. On both counts, I quite agree. Bird continues,
“Yet I find myself now amidst the Anglican tradition because the genius of Anglicanism is in being able to be both Protestant and Catholic at the same time. I have learned to love the Book of Common Prayer and appreciate teh liturgies in the Anglican tradition [Scot McKnight happens to mention the same]. Most of my favorite theologians are Anglican, and I have enjoyed seeing Anglican leaders in Africa defend the gospel against their liberal European and American counterparts.”
I had the pleasure of meeting Michael Bird in St. Louis, MO, a year ago, while he was giving a series of lectures at the Covenant Theological Seminary. We conversed, then, about his upcoming Evangelical Theology, and also his admiration for noted biblical scholar N.T. Wright, himself an Anglican and former Bishop of Durham. I wonder what role did an N.T. Wright played in the eventual conversion of a Mike Bird into the Anglican tradition?