Guiding Anglicans urge the archbishop of Canterbury to force his new ambassador into the Vatican after the Australian clergyman wondered if Jesus rose from the dead
- Dr. John Shepherd said that Christians & # 39; freed & # 39; should be the view of the resurrection
- Senior Anglicans have labeled his views as & # 39; bizarre & # 39; and inappropriate & # 39;
- They said that believing in the resurrection of Jesus was a fundamental Christian faith
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The archbishop of Canterbury is called to force his new ambassador to resign after claiming that Jesus had not risen from the dead.
The Australian-born Dr. John Shepherd, who was appointed as the new representative in Rome last week, gave a sermon in which he said that Christians & # 39; freed & # 39; to be of the resurrection.
Senior Anglicans have branded his comments, when he was Dean of St. George's Cathedral in Perth, as & # 39; bizarre & # 39; and & # 39; inappropriate & # 39 ;, unveiled The Telegraph.
The Australian-born Dr. John Shepherd was appointed last week as new representative in Rome
In a 2008 Easter address he said: "It is important that Christians are freed from the idea that the resurrection was an extraordinary physical event that restored the original body of Jesus.
& # 39; The resurrection must not be seen in physical terms, but as a new spiritual reality. & # 39;
Senior Anglicans questioned his position as someone who will act for the Archbishop, Church of England, and will be closely involved with the Pope.
The bishop of Maidstone, RT Rev. Rod Thomas, said that believing in the resurrection was a fundamental Christian faith.
The Rev. Dr. Lee Gatiss, director of the largest evangelical group of the Church, told The Telegraph that he thought the situation was "absolutely bizarre and absolutely inappropriate." used to be.
He also said that if his beliefs were true, who should not have been ordained as a preacher in the first place.
Senior Anglicans questioned his position as someone who will act for the Archbishop (pictured), Church of England, and will be closely involved with the Pope
The Rev. Dr. Ian Paul, a member of the general synod, said in doubt whether it was wise to designate someone as an emissary of the Archbishop to Rome, someone who does not believe in the physical resurrection of Jesus & # 39 ;.
But other older Anglicans said that Dr. Shepherd an "extreme goof theologian & # 39; used to be.
A spokesperson for the archbishop told The Telegraph that he is of good reputation & # 39; was and & # 39; due diligence & # 39; was used in the appointment of him.
Dr Shepherd has not responded to the request of The Telegraph for comment.
His views on the resurrection are shared by a number of other Anglicans.