Scripture, tradition, and reason are best articulated poetically. Poetry, which you write in your free time, is bound up with the ecstasies and the toils, the hopes and the pains of existence. Yet, the sacrament has an existential simplicity that makes it preferable in some ways to the complexities of the word. Nonetheless, liturgy is our finest language, and shapes how you see yourself and the outside world. You find nature to be especially beautiful, and believe that the environment should be given greater theological recognition than it is. The Church is headed by bishops, who you believe should see to it that local identities and languages are preserved.
I recently joined a church for the first time since childhood. Searching for a community to help focus my spiritual path in the wake of some major life changes, I was drawn to the Episcopal Church for a number of reasons--its social and political liberalism, its policies regarding gender and sexual orientation (i.e., they don't matter), the Apostolic tradition, the emphasis on reason ("you don't check your brain at the door"), the music. A couple of years ago I met Dahn Gandell, a vivacious redhead with a who calls herself a "radical Episcopal priest." I figured any organization that would ordain a woman like Dahn had to have it going on. And of course, being an incurable Anglophile, how could I help but be drawn to the church of John Donne and George Herbert, of Auden, C.S. Lewis, and Dorothy L. Sayers?
Today through the frenzied digitized forum of Facebook I noticed that Dahn (who is a FB friend) had taken this quiz. Although I usually decline all manner of extra "applications" in the hopes that social networking will not be as much of a time-suck as it really is, I couldn't resist this one. I was very pleased with my results, not least of which that it reminded me of Welsh poet and clergyman R. S. Thomas, whom I had discovered during a trip to London in 1994. If the little precis above is any indication, he and I have a lot in common--theologically speaking, at least.