Anglicanism is a strange denomination in many respects perhaps not least is that it arose in England. It is generally understood that the trilateral of Anglicanism is Scripture, Tradition and Reason which helps us to come to grips and handle theological dissent of one form or another. (The more structural side of Anglicanism is founded on the Quadritlateral and the Instruments of Communion not something of interest at the present time.) These three legs as it were are there to guide our reflections and try to be loving neighbours in as honest a way as is possible when our wants and desires push our neighbour away. In allowing this to occur Anglicans are constantly in tension with the two ends of a spectrum. The Catholic end draws us towards a more Catholic understanding of the central focus of the sacramental nature of the church with its rites and liturgical flair. The Evangelical end draws us towards a literalism in biblical interpretation and a following based on Jesus. Both ends appeal to various sections of society but the Anglican says "Both ends are true so how do we hold those truths in a manner that honours both." How does the evangelical Anglican come to understand that the Catholic Anglican has as much truth as do they?
Holding the tension takes effort and is not easy
Sometimes when tension is high the elastic breaks, what we need most in the Anglican church at present is a theological voice (and here I agree with my first example) that holds the tension and brings the ends into conversation. This may mean discerning the voices that can speak from either end and including them in the leadership so that all are 'heard'. In the tension of relationship that is Anglicanism we so often forget that community is formed by listening to the outside voice and discerning, not adamantly stating, God's calling. From my view point the stridency of various claims from each end in the Anglican church is an act of selfishness. Only when we can move away from our cherished and strongly held understandings, do we start to become truly Christ centred. We put aside our Bibliathan and Jesusian and Incensian selfish understandings and begin to put God where God belongs at the centre of our lives.