Over at Khanya, my long-time internet friend (goes back further than blogs) Steve Hayes has written an excellent post about Anglo-Catholicism and its diminution if not yet complete disappearance. I commend this post to Desert readers. I have also commented on the post.
I believe it raises deep questions relating to history and culture. Do we expect such a rise and decline of the expressions of faith? Are we so tied to our culture that we can only express and respond to faith in contemporary ways that are condemned to rise and decline throughout human history?
Many people of faith hold to a certain absolutism of key areas of faith in season and out of season. Certain expressions of faith - take for example Desert Spirituality - never quite go out of fashion or season. Sometimes, like in recent years, they become more widely known and practised and at other times such expressions gain the interest of only a few.
These are just a few questions that could be discussed - and not least of these issues is that of mission: of the Christian community's Christ-given task to take the good news into the world and the response or lack of response our implementation of the mission might receive. Comments welcome.