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Apostolic Succession

Why not?

Yes, that's my first post. Hopefully many more to follow.

Or, perhaps I will say one more thing. The essential objection to apostolic succession seems to be that, taken consistently, the doctrine is so weighty that it simply cannot be thrown into the balance of other doctrines, as we wish to do, without pulling everything along with it, without completely upsetting the apple cart. We must hold it at arm's length because too much is at stake in it.

So I'm still desperately trying to chisel off pieces of it so it's not so weighty as to upset the balance, but it's proving awfully resilient.



That's my first answer. =D

July 7, 2008 at 11:09 PM  

And here's my second: because it ignores the straightforward fact of union with Christ. The only argument I've ever heard for "Apostolic Succession" (traditionally understood in the Anglo/Catholic sense) is that you have a direct line of anointing/laying-on-of-hands that goes back to Christ himself. But when the body of Christ calls a pastor or commissions an elder, then the body of Christ has called and commissioned him. And if we are joined to Him, and have His spirit in us, then when we lay hands on someone, Christ is present in and through us to anoint and call His minister.

July 7, 2008 at 11:14 PM  

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