« Lame Duck Tony | Main | Be afraid, be very afraid »

C of E - what is the point?

The New Criterion - Farewell, Church of England?

As we prepare for our Harvest Festival Services, we see that what's left of the English Church is indistinguishable from a lunatic asylum. Everywhere you peer inside this once refined and educated, lovely and lovable national institution, there is only a mania for self-destruction. How else can you account for church services that compete with pantomime for dramatized idiocy?

The institution that served generations has been hijacked - the last sermon I heard was an embarrassing mixture of unedited ramblings which hinted that Heaven might be a bit like the film Ghost, or something, and that not being sure is really sort of like OK...
There are still hints of the proper church about, but they are fading rapidly, but I increasingly feel like a stranger when I venture into Church.

Hattip Laban

Comments

Remember the Church of England is Established, ergo, it is a public body. Under section 6-1 of the Human Rights Act 1998, It is unlawful for a public authority to act in a way which is incompatible with a Convention right.

The Human Rights Act 1998 also states at section 11, A person's reliance on a Convention right does not restrict-any other right or freedom conferred on him by or under any law having effect in any part of the United Kingdom;

The Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, which were drawn up by the church in convocation in 1563. An Act of Parliament ordered subscription to them by the clergy in 1571. They concern fundamental Christian truths (Articles 1-5), the rule of faith (Articles 6-8), individual religion (Articles 9-18), corporate religion (Articles 19-36), and national religion (Articles 37-39)

The Ratification.
[THIS Book of Articles before rehearsed, is again approved, and allowed to be holden and executed within the Realm, by the assent and consent of our Sovereign Lady ELIZABETH, by the grace of God, of England, France, and Ireland, Queen, Defender of the Faith, &c. Which Articles were deliberately read, and confirmed again by the subscription of the hands of the Archbishop and Bishops of the Upper-house, and by the subscription of the whole Clergy of the Nether-house in their Convocation, in the Year of our Lord 1571.]

By way of Articles 20 and 35[of the 39 Articles of Religion. You could challenge many practices of the current established shysters that pretend to practice protestism in the UK.

20. Of the Authority of the Church.[The Church hath power to decree Rites or Ceremonies, and authority in Controversies of Faith: and yet it is not lawful for the Church to ordain any thing that is contrary to God's Word written, neither may it so expound one place of Scripture, that it be repugnant to another. Wherefore, although the Church be a witness and a keeper of Holy Writ, yet, as it ought not to decree any thing against the same, so besides the same ought it not to enforce any thing to be believed for necessity of Salvation.]

35. Of the Homilies [The Second Book of Homilies, the several titles whereof we have joined under this Article, doth contain a godly and wholesome Doctrine, and necessary for these times, as doth the former Book of Homilies, which were set forth in the time of Edward the Sixth; and therefore we judge them to be read in Churches by the Ministers, diligently and distinctly, that they may be understanded of the people.

The 39 Articles, were confirmed in and by, the Act of Uniformity of 1662 and the Act of Settlement 1701. They were consolidated, as fundamental and unchangeable by the Treaty of the Union 1707.

Oh what a a tangled web has been weaved, by Tony and his cronies

Yet another perfect argument against the concept of establishment, for any faith, in any nation.

Anytime I hear of a harvest festival I think of the neo-pagans of The Wickerman. Can we now assume that an all-inclusive and non-judgemental Church of England would find something sublime in human sacrafice?


Quite right. As an atheist, I prefer an opponent who is worth the effort.

Post a comment