A place for the discussion and sharing of all things related to religion and politics. The prevailing view is that the Church of England is an outdated and irrelevant institution and it is difficult to argue otherwise. It is very powerful and wealthy and this in itself conflicts greatly with the teachings and example of Jesus. Furthermore, why is an institution claiming to have spiritual authority and knowledge apparently so out of touch with the spirit of our times?
Not much has changed since John Milton attacked the clergy of his own time in the following lines from 'Lycidas' written in 1637.
"Blind mouthes! that scarce themselves know how to hold
A sheep-hook, or have learn’d ought els the least
That to the faithfull Herdmans art belongs!
What recks it them? What need they? They are sped;
And when they list, their lean and flashy songs
Grate on their scrannel Pipes of wretched straw,
The hungry Sheep look up, and are not fed,
But swoln with wind, and the rank mist they draw,
Rot inwardly, and foul contagion spread:"
Is it time to give up on Christianity and the Church of England or could it wield its power more effectively by following the teachings and example of Jesus more closely than it is now?
It would be great to hear from anyone who is under the influence of Homer, Plato, Aristotle, Jesus, Christianity, Hegel, Nietzsche, MacIntyre and so on, or who is interested in the radical ideas and political activism of 17th Century England and how it relates to 21st Century religious and political institutions, not only in England but also, for example, in the USA. Any suggestions or ideas about what categories should, or should not, be included are welcome.
Although these might be seen as extremely esoteric fields of interest it is our conviction that the ideas thrown up in discussing these subjects should be a central and accessible discourse for the large majority of society, not as is currently the case, a very small minority.