Rowan Williams wants the Church of England to take on atheists

From the Telegraph comes this hilarious gem:

Clergy are to be urged to be more vocal in countering the arguments put forward by a more hard-line group of atheists such as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, who have campaigned for a less tolerant attitude towards religion.

A report endorsed by Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, warns that the Church faces a battle to prevent faith being seen as “a social problem” and says the next five years are set to be a period of “exceptional challenge”.

It expresses concern that Christians are facing hostility at work and says the Church could lose its place at the centre of public life unless it challenges attempts to marginalise religious belief.

Rowan Williams, Archirrelevance of Canterbury

That the C of E thinks it has a place at the centre of public life shows how far from reality they are.

Given that a third of their own clergy don’t believe the resurrection happened, half don’t believe in the virgin birth and nearly 20% don’t accept Jesus’s divinity, perhaps they should look closer to home if they want to start redeluding Britain.

Good luck with that.


  1. Posted September 3, 2011 at 15:05 | Permalink

    So the church is on the defensive.

    Perhaps there is hope for humanity after all.

  2. Posted September 9, 2011 at 12:42 | Permalink

    As the Queen is the head of the Church, and the wretched Bishops are in the Lords, and there is a church on almost every street in the UK, Anglicanism was the centre of public life until a short while ago.

    But then so as the Village stocks used to be the centre of the Village green, some things just have to fade away.

    Maybe Rowan etc will start protesting Dawkins public talks…that would be fun.

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