Ten Affirmations for our times
How would you express healthy ethical spiritual pathways today?
I was originally raised on the old Anglican BCP (Book of Common Prayer of 1662) and the ‘Ten Commandments’ were integral as one feature of that - but my strand of Anglicans had long tended to swap in Jesus’ own more life-giving ‘summary of the law’ (except sometimes on Lent, as a kind of penance!). The Commandments have their provenance in very ancient times and have offered basic guidelines for centuries. Today however, rather like other aspects of the spiritualities of the Reformation & early modern world of the BCP, they come across as problematic in a number of ways - including in their negative prohibitive form. Here (see above) is an attempt to offer a more positive affirmative ethic and, still deeply grounded, spiritual frame for our own times.
21/2/2023 07:09:11 pm
What is problematic about the Ten Commandments
23/2/2023 09:12:59 am
Probably the two biggest problematic issues about the Ten Commandments are a. the negative toine and b. the ancient assumptions about property and family relationships, not least in the 10th commandment which assumes a powerful male person alone is being addressed. Trems like 'graven images' or 'idols', and 'Sabbath' (beyond the Jewish community) also need unpacking for most contemporary persons. This set of affirmations thus seeks to offer an alternative and encouragement to finding words and ways to a fruitful ethic and the flourishing lives and world which ancient faith also sought to nurture
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Jo Inkpin is an Anglican priest serving as Minister of Pitt St Uniting Church in Sydney, a trans woman, theologian & justice activist. These are some of my reflections on life, spirit, and the search for peace, justice & sustainable creation.