The only way to save the Church of England is to kill it dead. In fact, the only way to save Christianity is to kill it and its god. We are all worshipping idols of one sort or another. Worse, we are addicted to these idols and the only way to escape from this is to do cold turkey. This is not just a modern problem. Neither is my solution novel. I am sure the first desert hermits fleeing their bishops were doing so because they had come to the realisation that the church as institution had very little to do with the Jesus Christ of the synoptic gospels. 

Christ had to die before God could raise him from the dead. The good news was in the resurrection. At the moment the Church of England is good news for nobody except those who profit from it or are given power by it. Even the good it does is the good achieved by pharisees, which is proven by the number of bishops who receive medals from the Queen and are seen smiling in photographs taken at charitable events and then published in newspapers. If the Church truly wants to be good news then it must die so that it may be reborn.



  1. Reminds me of — it was Thomas Keating, a Cistercian monk — who once said that for some people, “God” need to be “no God”, not because God isn’t real, but because of the damage that the word itself and its associated imagery had done which actually, ironically, obscures God.

    The question is, how do people relive the experiences of the Desert Fathers and Mothers? I think there’s a difference between letting “God” die and still experiencing some divine presence without being overly concerned with labels and just admitting that God is an idea you’re going to do without.

    • I think we need to kill our present gods. They are no good. We need to resurrect the God who compelled the first Christians to hold everything in common and raise the dead.

  2. At the moment the Church of England is good news for nobody except those who profit from it or are given power by it.

    I think that’s a little unfair. At my Dad’s funeral in September there were several people whose lives had been touched and blessed by his ministry as a priest in the Church of England for nearly thirty years, and in his retirement years too. Most of them are members of the C of E today, a couple are ordained, and I know they have continued to pass on the blessing they have received. I think it’s more than a bit unfair to dismiss all of that.

    • I am referring to the Church as institution and in its present form. My guess is that your father would have had the same effect on other people whatever type of institution he belonged to. I very much doubt that the mechanics of the company he worked for had anything to do with his message.

  3. “which is proven by the number of bishops who receive medals from the Queen”

    Um, one could just as well fix this by getting rid of the monarchy. [No malice towards that nice Elizabeth Windsor woman]

  4. I can’t speak for the entire US, but in the Pacific Northwest, placing accolades upon bishops would impress few and likely embarrass the recipient. We are a simple plaid-clothed plain people.

    • Yes. But they actually compete with each other to get the job so there must be something in it for them. However, I am in this instance talking about the Church of England.

  5. I try to not speculate about motivation, though many are well compensated and the cynical side of me likes to nurse on that a bit. I was just thinking of the cultural contrast in being publicly honored. Pacific Northwestern public wouldn’t give a rat’s ass.