The second law of thermodynamics tells us that as energy is expended over time, order in the universe inexorably gives way to disorder. The fundamental physical truth behind the cycles of birth and death is that things fall apart, leading ultimately to a static and random state known as entropy.
In the spiritual realm, there is no such necessity. St Paul affirms that ‘Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day.’ (2 Corinthians 4:16), yet entropy irresistibly comes to mind as a metaphor following Dr William’s Lent Letter to the Primates and Moderators of the Anglican Communion.
Here we have carefully crafted verbal camouflage for what is actually one more step in Lambeth Anglicanism’s descent into spiritual and institutional entropy. Despite the claim that the meeting brought an ‘intensified our sense of commitment’ it has removed the main incentive to the ‘very demanding and searching conversation’ the Archbishop commends. It is now clear that just as the Lambeth Conference was degraded in 2008 by avoiding decision making in favour of that spurious listening process now known as ‘Anglican indaba’, so also the Primates Meeting has been downgraded to a discussion group.
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