Originally posted April 6 2007. I thought I'd repost it following the rejection of the Anglican Covenant - this still represents my thinking.
I've been musing about Hampson's 'Last Rites' book, and in particular my development of his argument that the CofE will split into different factions (along the lines of the separate 'flying bishops' that we have already). A quiz below (hit 'full post').
Seems to me that three questions will reveal all:
1. Do you accept the notion of 'penal substitution' as an adequate account of salvation?
2. Would you receive communion from a female priest?
3. Would you receive communion from a gay priest?
If your answer is yes, no, no then you will be sympathetic to Reform, and join up with the 'Southern Anglican Communion'.
If your answer is yes, yes, no then you will be sympathetic to Fulcrum, and you will seek to keep the CofE on the road as far as possible.
If your answer is no, no, no then you will be sympathetic to Forward in Faith and you'll probably end up with Rome.
If your answer is no, yes, yes then you will be sympathetic to Affirming Catholicism and when the realignment comes you'll join in with TEC.
(There are, logically, other options, but not many people will buy into them!)
I think the issue is how long before TSHTF and the split becomes formalised. I wonder if there are plans already afoot?
Oh, and if it wasn't obvious already, I'm 'no, yes, yes'.