No hope in 'Christian nation' nostalgia

By Press Office
May 29, 2008

Responding to the latest remarks by Bishop Michael Nazir Ali about the decline of Christianity and moral values in Britain Simon Barrow, co-director of the religion and society think tank Ekklesia, said that the comments were “misguidedly trying to defend the myth of a ‘Christian nation’ rather than looking at how Christianity has often historically lost its way by becoming a cosy part of a withering social, political and cultural order.”

He added: “There are indeed serious issues about moral cohesion in modern, plural societies. But diversity and disagreement cannot be wished away, and a vision of social justice and responsibility will not be created by lecturing people, seeking to restore Christian privilege, portraying Islam as the new threat, or bemoaning the loss of a monoculture."

Barrow commented: "The churches need to be seen as small-scale communities of positive hope, not wounded dinosaurs complaining that people do not take them seriously any more and that the country is going to the dogs.”

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