Episcopal priest says she’s also a Muslim
SEATTLE (AP) – The Reverend Ann Holmes Redding, an Episcopal priest for 20 year, says she became a Muslim last year, but still considers herself a Christian as well. Redding, who says she accepted Islam after being profoundly moved by Muslim prayers, is to begin teaching the New Testament at Seattle University this fall.
Until recently, she was director of faith formation at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral. Western Washington Bishop Vincent Warner says he accepts Redding as both an Episcopal priest and a Muslim, and finds the interfaith possibilities exciting.
The 55-year-old Redding says she doesn’t feel that she has to resolve the differences between her two faiths — especially over whether Jesus was God or just a prophet — and hopes sharing her story can help ease religious tensions.
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Delusions of grandeur not withstanding, how about opening your eyes! Those who attack all of us
out of hate, using Islam as their justification (rightly or wrongly) are going to look at this woman as if she where slandering Islam, which is a death sentence (literally) in many Islamic nations.
As the full article states, you cannot be truly Christian, and truly Muslim, they have conflicting basis for their respective faiths. The fact that her bishop is supporting her tells me that the Episcopal Church is trying to be, from their perspective, societally relative, however, more and more, that is coming at the expense of their Christian faith.
You cannot share the Gospel if you no longer understand, or believe, your faith.
That story baffled me when it first came across the wire. How can someone claim to believe one thing (Jesus Christ is God’s son) and at the same time claim to believe something diametrically opposed (Jesus Christ was but a prophet)?
Which is it!?
And I hadn’t given any thought to what fundamentalist Muslims might do if given a chance to someone who claimed to have one foot in both camps. If I understand the situation correctly, converting to Islam in some countries is sort of like visiting a roach motel: you check in but you don’t check out. The door only swings one direction.
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