In what way have they "failed"? Do they publish targets? Have they failed you?
Interest in caller on the Jeremy Vine show today. ( in my defence I had just got in the car and Radio 2 was already on).
A woman came on and described how finding her faith again during the pandemic had helped her, but emphasised that it was faith, which was spiritual, and not religion, which is a human construct.
It begs the question, why or how has the CofE failed when other religions seem to be fairly good health?
Because, in my very humble opinion, its upper hierarchy is staffed with practicing unbelievers. In other parts of the world where this is not so much the case Anglicanism is doing well, e.g. in parts of Africa and amongst the poor of northern Mexico.
At first sight that sounds like a strange 'very humble opinion', or are there facts to back it up? Is there a conspiracy social media site I can access? Sounds a bit like those who claim the pope isn't actually a Catholic.Because, in my very humble opinion, its upper hierarchy is staffed with practicing unbelievers.
The current one does seem a big dodgy!Sounds a bit like those who claim the pope isn't actually a Catholic.
That may be part of the reason. However if any one will not work, let him not eat. For we hear that some of you are living in idleness, mere busybodies, not doing any work so distribution to the needy is likely to be more conditional than when the state undertakes this.At the risk of sounding cynical isn't this in part to do with those churches being a kind of substitute to for social security, in those places.
That is a very evolutionary way of looking at it! The opposite can also be the case. In Africa there is regular loss of life from Muslim insurgents. Make a confession of faith and you can be putting your life on the line. This coupled with poverty is why the 'global south' of the Anglican communion is no longer willing to go along with the compromise if not apostasy of bishops in the cosy West. Any more compromise on sexual ethics (its in the offing) and I predict you will find the Archbishop of Canterbury will cease to be the first amongst equals, and Anglicanism will split into a kind of federation.o membership of a church in circumstances of severe disadvantage, can bestow survival advantages.
The church is not a theocracy.Meanwhile elsewhere in other theocracies
You cannot coerce someone to believe. You can compel an outward profession and adherence to religious rituals, and this has been done historically, but this is pointless if there are no inner convictions.So I guess what I'm saying is that in neither case is it a genuinely free will 'faith' it's either coerced, or forced.
I can't help but wonder just how many Conservative party donors that statement would apply to.However if any one will not work, let him not eat. For we hear that some of you are living in idleness, mere busybodies, not doing any work
I am always interested in your thoughts @Unkraut , it's good to hear a considered view that is far from mine.He is not only Anglican friend in ministry who has insider knowledge of the parlous state of Anglicanism, and its tendency in the West to cave in to the culture of the world around it. There are whole chapters on discerning false practice in churches, to be applied to Anglicans just as much as bogus American TV evangelists.