Stonehenge (Associated Press/Photo by Lewis Whyld/PA)
'Church Army' shows signs of theological compromise in the Church of England
Evidence continues to mount that Christianity in Britain--and even belief in God's existence--is on its way toward minority status. In a recent YouGov poll of British young adults, only 25 percent unequivocally affirmed a belief in God, and 38 percent said they did not believe in God or any "greater spiritual power." Meanwhile, one of the Church of England's recent proposals for attracting the young and unchurched is creating a "pagan church" with Christian content.
Recent census data revealed that "pagans" were the seventh-largest religious group in the United Kingdom, and that the number of pagans doubled between 2001 and 2011. (Atheists have worked to get Britons to stop identifying as Christians on the census, and even larger numbers label themselves "Jedi Knights" than pagans.) A summer solstice gathering at Stonehenge, where more than 20,000 assembled this June, highlights the British pagan spiritual calendar. Naturally, pagans are among the groups that churches might want to evangelize, and Anglicans have hosted Christian information booths at pagan events. But the proposal for a pagan church has raised questions about theological compromise.
Steve Hollinghurst, a researcher with the Church Army (an Anglican agency headed by former South African archbishop Desmond Tutu), recently told the BBC that he envisioned creating "a pagan church where Christianity was very much in the centre." The Church Army website describes Hollinghurst as researcher on "themes of contemporary spirituality, the new age movement and mind, body, spirit fairs."
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SOURCE: WORLD Magazine