Europe’s Christian revolution – and why the UK isn’t part of it | The Conservative Woman
Secular globalism’s chickens are coming home to roost.
"Secular globalism’s chickens are coming home to roost. Globalism’s anti-cultural, anti-traditional thrust threatens a sense of place, identity and security. Confronted by this, people instinctively tend to resist by re-asserting their traditional identity. Secular globalism’s anti-traditional dynamic has produced a counter dynamic.
"A major plank of European identity is Christianity. As people feel vulnerable and experience anxiety due to the changes surrounding them over which they feel they have no control, it is natural for them to assert their customs, traditions, ethnicity, language and above all their spiritual roots.
"There is one major exception to this European renewal of Christianity: the UK. There are signs of recovery such as an increase in numbers training for ordination, but these are little more than straws in the wind.
"Why? Culture and faith are inseparable, they interact and influence each other.
"In the UK the mainstream denominations have completely bought into the progressivist globalist vision. Instead of leading the cultural conversation, they are frantically scrambling to catch up... Aping the world, they declare themselves irrelevant, and decline in numbers and influence."
To say that this is a saddening – and also, anger-inducing – situation for The Anglophilic Anglican is to run the risk of understatement. There is, however, a glimmer of hope, albeit a faint one:
"The main areas of church growth in the UK are in churches insisting on teaching and living traditional Christianity. This is no surprise. Research on general social groups has shown that those with a consistent, unified message and clear boundaries which define who are inside the group and who are outside are actually attractive to outsiders."
But as the article concludes, "Whether the mainstream denominations are prepared to take the risk of teaching a consistent, unified, and biblical message is another matter." At least there are traditional Anglican jurisdictions that are doing just that. But the complete abdication of so-called "mainstream" Christian churches to the secular culture remains disheartening and frustrating.