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Not Why I Left England

I’m with John on this one. There is nothing necessarily wrong with having a state church, at least in the way that the English used to understand it. Traditional Anglicanism, ‘the C of E’, was best seen as being about cultural continuity, patriotism and a shared definition of good behavior. Worrying about more conventionally ’spiritual’ or religious matters was left to enthusiasts – in effect, some churchgoers and a number of C.S. Lewis’ more devoted fans – with the result that the day-to-day rituals of England’s state religion, basically school prayer, occasional homilies from the Queen, and a Sunday television show (‘Songs of Praise’) of stupefying banality, were little more than harmless, and vaguely reassuring, backdrop. In short, they were nothing to worry or be ‘offended’ about.


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