The frightening magnitude of the income gap both in the world as a whole and in South Africa in particular has often been exposed. The basic facts should be known by now, although we tend conveniently to forget them. A few reminders must suffice. Per capita incomes between richest and poorest nations already differed at the rate of about 1 :45 two decades agot. Today the gap must be considerably wider.
In this paper I want to talk about the Anglican Church and some of its problems and use them as the basis for some wider generalisations about the reconciling mission of the church in the broader sense of the Body of Christ.
The Christian Church hasï¿½ been divided from the earliest centuries of its existence. In Church history we have to do with the major divisions between Roman and Eastern Christianity, and in the 16th century between Roman and Protestant Christianity. Protestant Christianity itself does not present a picture of a united front, divided as it is into a multiplicity of variants. The reasons for the divided state of Christianity are to be located in a host of factors.