“The job begins of leading a divided and ailing Church of England”: What bad research is this?

What rot is this?! I got it from the BBC website.

They got this bit right: The Bishop of Durham, the Right Reverend Justin Welby, will walk into St Paul’s Cathedral this morning as one of the Church’s newest bishops and emerge as the spiritual leader of some 80 million Anglicans across the world.

As a non-Anglican I have no axe to grind but to say the Anglican Church is divided and ailing is complete tosh.

Atheism is so twentieth century. Religion is currently experiencing a resurgence across the globe. This is the characteristic of the beginning of the twenty-first century. The world is witnessing a huge explosion of religious conversion and growth, and Christianity growing faster than any other religion, and faster than at any time in human history.

The secularist and atheists must be wringing their hands as their ranks of the unbelievers are shrinking as a proportion of the world’s population. Secularism has lost its identification with progress and modernity, and consequently it has lost the main source of its appeal. Some people are missing the most important development of our time: the global revival of religion. It’s happening on every continent.

People who are ignorant about religion will be at a disadvantage in the twenty-first century as religion will shape our world.

Anglicanism has a vocal and awkward minority, but a tail trying to wag the dog can never be described as division. Anglicanism is growing, and in this country they are at the forefront of experimental forms of doing church with their “Emerging Church” stream. They are most certainly not ailing.

I will be very interested to see how the new Archbishop of Canterbury makes a difference.


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