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Recently, Ronald Caldwell, retired history professor has decided that the truth of why the schism in the Diocese of South Carolina happened would be the focus of his blog The Episcopal Church Schism in South Carolina. That is fine but he really needs to restrain himself to actual facts and not partake in a bit of revisionist screed.Read the entire post here.
He has written a couple of posts dealing with the split in the diocese. I will start with his post about the timeline of how the Diocese of South Carolina split into two separate entities, one that remains the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina and the other which is a group of parishes that have decided to remain loyal to The Episcopal Church. This other group has taken the name, The Episcopal Church in South Carolina. Just an FYI. Mr. Caldwell has a very different position of the timeline as he is not a South Carolinian and did not live in the diocese during the timeline of any of these events. As far as I know, Mr. Caldwell still does not live in SC. Ok with that bit of background let's get to the actual post and my response to it.
As Caldwell and other cheerleaders for The Empty Church in South Carolina (TECSC) have invoked the word "schism," it is important to remember the distinction between the popular (and incorrect) understanding of this term and the biblical (correct) understanding. As a former Methodist, I continue to defer to lifelong Anglican John Wesley on this matter, that schism is separation within a church, not separation from a church. That being the case, the schismatic body in this episode is the national church, which has embraced divisive doctrines contrary to the faith once for all entrusted to the saints, and not the Diocese of South Carolina, which continues to pursue relationships which promote unity with the wider Anglican Communion.