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Neither a Muslim nor a Christian

Posted by Adam Graham on June 17, 2007

A big story today appeared in the Seattle Times:

Shortly after noon on Fridays, the Rev. Ann Holmes Redding ties on a black headscarf, preparing to pray with her Muslim group on First Hill.

On Sunday mornings, Redding puts on the white collar of an Episcopal priest.

She does both, she says, because she’s Christian and Muslim.

Redding, who until recently was director of faith formation at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, has been a priest for more than 20 years. Now she’s ready to tell people that, for the last 15 months, she’s also been a Muslim — drawn to the faith after an introduction to Islamic prayers left her profoundly moved.

When it gets to the point of describing the feelings of her Bishop on this, it begins to read like an Onion Article:

Redding’s bishop, the Rt. Rev. Vincent Warner, says he accepts Redding as an Episcopal priest and a Muslim, and that he finds the interfaith possibilities exciting. Her announcement, first made through a story in her diocese’s newspaper, hasn’t caused much controversy yet, he said.

Of course, it doesn’t, as Midwest Conservative points out, this is the Episcopal Church, we’re talking about and most people have given up being shocked at the Episcopal Church.

However, reading her description of the Faiths, she seems unable to hold to either Islam or Christianity very well:

She believes the Trinity is an idea about God and cannot be taken literally.

She does not believe Jesus and God are the same, but rather that God is more than Jesus.

She believes Jesus is the son of God insofar as all humans are the children of God, and that Jesus is divine, just as all humans are divine — because God dwells in all humans.

Now, not only are her views of Christianity heretical, but her views from an Islamic perspective are quite troubling. The idea that all humans are divine is neither Muslim, nor Christian, but Pantheistic.

She does believe that Jesus died on the cross and was resurrected, and acknowledges those beliefs conflict with the teachings of the Quran. “That’s something I’ll find a challenge the rest of my life,” she said.

She considers Jesus her savior. At times of despair, because she knows Jesus suffered and overcame suffering, “he has connected me with God,” she said.

That’s not to say she couldn’t develop as deep a relationship with Mohammed. “I’m still getting to know him,” she said.

Wow, first of all, you don’t have a relationship with Mohammed. In Islam, Mohammed was Islam’s great prophet who lived and died. There’s no relationship with him, no possibility of it.

Miss Holmes is actually showing profound disrepsect to both religions. We’ve heard of Cafeteria Catholics (or Supermarket Christians) who mix and match what they want to follow based on their own preferences. Well, we now have the ultimate manifestation of that.

“Yes, I’ll take a Pantheist view of man, an Islamic view of God, and a Christian view of Salvation.” When we do that, we don’t as much serve God for who He is, but rather who we want him to be, and at that point, we are truly exalting ourselves as god.

Also blogging on this:

As in the Day of Noah points us to Matthew 6:24. “No man can serve two masters.”

This confirms for the Inconic Midwest that the Epicopal Church is beocming increasingly liberal.

UPDATE:

My wife, who spent three years studying Religion and Creative Writing passed along something one of her professors once told here. Anytime, you combine two religions, the result is the New Age. Given the Pantheism involved that would appear to be accurate.

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One Response to “Neither a Muslim nor a Christian”

  1. […] previously blogged about Episcopal Priest Ann Holmes Redding that declared herself both Muslim and Christian. Her immediate […]

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