Keith Mascord Stresses on Anglican Church’s Need to Plot a Gentler and Less Defensive Approach to Contemporary Issues

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Book reveals implications for how the Bible can be read and appropriated in the modern world of the 21st century.

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The Anglican Diocese of Sydney needs to lighten up and open up, and be more willing to accommodate differences on issues such as homosexuality and the roles and rights of women, according to Sydney priest and theologian Rev. Dr. Keith Mascord. In his book, A Restless Faith: Leaving Fundamentalism in a Quest for God, released on April 2012 and launched on May 2012, he offers a challenge to the ‘hard evangelicalism’ that has come to ascendency in the Sydney Anglican Church, while plotting a gentler and less defensive approach to contemporary issues.

This book is backed by Mascord’s 15 years of teaching philosophy and pastoral theology at Sydney’s Anglican seminary, Moore Theological College. It is also inspired by his Open Letter calling for reform in the Diocese in 2007, which generated 137,000 words of response, overwhelmingly supportive of its call for a more loving, humble and open approach.

Mascord’s book is autobiographical in form, but offers a philosophical and theological blueprint for a re-reading of the Christian scriptures—a re-reading that makes better sense of current knowledge and experience. Personal encounters with gay and lesbian, Indigenous and Islamic communities in Sydney were catalysts for the discovery of new (and also very old) ways of reading and appropriating scripture.

The book also contains an inspiring story of a friendship between Keith’s friend and pastor, Anglican priest Dave Smith and Sheikh Mansour Leghaei, an Islamic cleric deported without explanation by the Australian government in June 2010.

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A Restless Faith * by Keith Mascord
Leaving fundamentalism in a quest for God
Publication Date: April 24, 2012
Trade Paperback; AU $29.99; 299 pages; 978-1-4691-8193-6
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