It's the least reflected upon public holiday in NZ today. Oh, there is the odd piece in the media about the significance of this day in the history of improvements to society, but nothing like what we get for ANZAC Day or Christmas or Easter. Even Queen's Birthday weekend will be addressed with a list of honours for the great and good of our society.
But a holiday is pleasant, especially in the spring, so no one thinks this one is past its 'use by date'!
A cursory glance around the net offers somethings which catch my eye:
PJ O'Rourke on the forthcoming US elections will not at all amuse any Democratic leaning readers here, but he writes like the wind. Oh that some writers on politics had his flair to write sentences like these which sum up his argument, "This is not an election on November 2. This is a restraining order."
John Richardson at The Ugley Vicar posts a sermon which neatly reminds us that the Reformation was not a mistake but a necessary correction in the history of theology.
The 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible is coming up next year. An excellent opportunity for unadulterated fanzine writing, what with no one particularly organised into societies and promotional groups to remind us of the significance of (say) the Geneva Bible. Susan Elkin helpfully reminds us that the KJB was a point in evolution of contribution of biblical English to English life, not a 'creatio ex nihilo' to which we pay unrestrained cultural homage.
Thinking Anglicans, as always, can be relied upon to draw our attention to negative, critical, antagonistic writing about the Anglican Covenant. May I remind readers that the Anglican Covenant is a bit like the Reformation: it is possible to understand it as a mistake that should never (have) happen(ed), but there was and is a reason for each, and in both cases it flows from the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and recognition that there is only one gospel not two gospels.
If only a PJ O'Rourke was writing ++Rowan's speeches, we might have a better groundswell of support for the Covenant. It is not stick to beat people with, it is a restraining order on unchecked diversity being blessed by the name 'Anglican.'
PS Noticed later, thanks to Anglican Taonga:
Gile Fraser on Multiculturalism and Liberalism ... I wonder if Howard Pilgrim (a commenter here) will note Fraser's belief that liberalism emerged from the English Civil War, not 1000 years ago (as was recently argued here :) ).
A fairly deep reflection on 'global Christianity' at The Immanent Frame. Here is a teasing taster or tasty teaser:
"Drawing on Paul’s abrupt conversion, and on what they understand as his commitment to making Christianity a universal religion, these philosophers have put Christian categories back at the center of debates over how to think about society and its potential transformation. Although their relationships to the truth claims of Christianity are varied, they have made it possible for philosophers and other kinds of critical thinkers, not just to think about religion, but also, in important respects, to think with it, or at least with some of its conceptual, and sometimes its narrative, resources."