The Corner

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.

Recommended

The Latest