How does this make sense to anyone?
Shortly after noon on Fridays, the Rev. Ann Holmes Redding ties on a black headscarf, preparing to pray with her Muslim group on First Hill.This is so freaking ridiculous. Can you believe that this person is an ordained priest? I thought the whole beauty of an "organized" religion was that you avoided wild, unorthodox teaching in the name of your church? That it guaranteed consistency throughout the religion?
On Sunday mornings, Redding puts on the white collar of an Episcopal priest.
She does both, she says, because she's Christian and Muslim.
Does the Episcopalian church condone
She believes the Trinity is an idea about God and cannot be taken literally.Strike one...two...and three. You're out. Her ideas are like a mishmash of New-Age Gnosticism and Pantheism. That is a fundamental departure of all things Christian. She can't be a Christian and a muslim because she's already established -- by her own admission, no less -- that she doesn't believe in any of the fundamental tenets of the New Testament.
She does not believe Jesus and God are the same, but rather that God is more than Jesus.
She believes Jesus is the son of God insofar as all humans are the children of God, and that Jesus is divine, just as all humans are divine — because God dwells in all humans.
What makes Jesus unique, she believes, is that out of all humans, he most embodied being filled with God and identifying completely with God's will.Of course, Jesus can't be her savior...because Muslims don't believe he saved anyone (that was the radical departure from the other "people of the book" that Mohammed proposed). And she can't be getting to know Mohammed, because he happens to be most assuredly dead.
She does believe that Jesus died on the cross and was resurrected, and acknowledges those beliefs conflict with the teachings of the Quran. "That's something I'll find a challenge the rest of my life," she said.
She considers Jesus her savior. At times of despair, because she knows Jesus suffered and overcame suffering, "he has connected me with God," she said.
That's not to say she couldn't develop as deep a relationship with Mohammed. "I'm still getting to know him," she said.
I'm sorry, but that's not Christianity. Or Islam, I think.
It rather reminds me of C. S. Lewis' Tashlan.