Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Rowan Williams Rant Reveals How Lost He Was as Archbishop of Canterbury…and Still Is


By David W. Virtue DD
April 29, 2014

When Pope Benedict stepped down as Pope, he went into a cloister and chose silence. Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, should have chosen the same pathway.

Now free of the constraints of his former job, which by any definition was a dismal failure reckoned so by both liberals and conservatives alike, Williams briefly paddled his punt to the side of the River Cam in his new job at Cambridge University to deliver himself of his profound insights into the state of post-Christian Britain, proclaiming that things will only get worse. Really.

Lord Williams of Oystermouth went on to rant that Christians are afraid to practice their faith; that Britain is not “a nation of believers” and further decline is inevitable. How insightful. The truth is Britain has been in rapid decline during the entire 20th century. By the end of the century only a small minority of the population attended church regularly (1.1 million out of 60 million). Britain will cease to be a Christian nation by 2030, if the newspapers are correct, when the number of non-believers is set to overtake the number of Christians. The word “Christian” should be used loosely to embrace mostly nominal or broad church Anglicans, Anglo-Catholics and Evangelicals. Probably less than half of the 1.1 million practicing Anglicans have a personal faith that they can truly articulate or pass on.

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