Charles Raven reflects on the consecration of Bishop Jay Behan, the start of the Church of Confessing Anglicans Aotearoa and New Zealand and how courageous Anglicans in New Zealand are taking the first steps to restore the grievously damaged spiritual fabric of Anglican life and witness. First published in Evangelicals Now newspaper.
Hilary was born in Gaul at the beginning of the 4th century to wealthy pagan parents, who gave him an excellent education with a high level of Greek. Later, upon reading the Old and New Testament writings, he abandoned Neo-Platonism and was baptized. The Christians of Poitiers so respected Hilary that they elected him bishop unanimously in 350. Over the next twenty years, he vigorously confronted the Arian heresy that was threatening to take over the Gallic church, defending Christian orthodoxy by his writings and his actions.