The presiding heretic speaks

In a Q&A session with Katharine Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, she takes her universalism to the next level:

A few said their fellow parishioners wonder whether the presiding bishop sees Jesus Christ as the sole way to salvation.

Jefferts Schori replied that like most Christians, she believes Jesus died for “the whole world.” But his life and resurrection did not sever the promise God made to Jews and to Muslims, she added, and those groups still have access to salvation.

Now, universalism from Schori is nothing new, but this is the first time I’m aware of her speaking of God making a promise to Muslims.

Christianity does not recognize any promise made to Muslims (per se).  (Jews are another matter altogether.)  To the contrary, Galatians 1:6-9 specifically condemns any future revelation (e.g., the Koran) that opposes the gospel.  So the only way this could possibly make sense is if Schori was referring to everyone, which is hard to reconcile with her specific listing of Jews and Muslims, much less her reference to “those groups.”

But more than that, Schori’s statement is bizarrely anachronistic.  Jesus’s (earthly) life and resurrection predated Islam by centuries, so it makes no sense at all to refer to him severing any promise made to Muslims, even if we suppose that such a promise later existed.

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