A few things catching my eye ...
Bishop Alan's blog picks up on some posts re the Church of England, including a fulsome citation of Kelvin Wright's post on 'Anglican' ... but read right through to the end to pick up the custard flavour - you will see what I mean - of a third post to which Bishop Alan draws attention.
Our debates do get sterile ... one debate with definite possibilities of that happening is the one in the C of E between Fulcrum and others. See, for example, this response by Charles Raven to Andrew Goddard's Fulcrum article (see below) about the forthcoming FCA meeting. Both Charles and Andrew write well, offering insight and much to ponder. But is it ultimately sterile?
UPDATE: an excellent response to Charles Raven has been posted by Fulcrum. Here's an excerpt:
"Our aim as Fulcrum is two-fold. We look for evangelicals to move away from the margins and evangelical ghettos and to work within and be central to the Church of England as a whole. We believe that this will renew its doctrinal and missional centre which is essentially evangelical. We also look for the renewal of the centre of evangelical Anglicanism as expressed in the CEEC basis of faith. Raven’s vision of what is necessary for “spiritual integrity” unfortunately suggests that FCA is committed to quite the opposite trajectory: a distancing from the Church of England and a narrowing and marginalising vision of evangelicalism."
That concern to move from the margins and the ghettos to the mainstream of the church's life is my concern. In every generation, it seems, the ability and willingness of evangelicals to do that is more absent than present.
CLOSE OF UPDATE
Finally: recently I posted on a 'secret' theology commission of TEC causing a bit of stir. Today prominent blogger Lisa Fox has revealed the names of the commission.