Channel 4 offers a reflection today from a clergyman of the Anglican Church who quite openly states a complete and sincere disbelief in God. He is an atheist who considers the scriptures nothing more than human literature. What are we to make of him?
Personally I find this sort of liberal wooliness in a clergyman not only absurd but frankly dishonest. What an affront to those who do believe, to the faithful in the pews whose giving pays his stipend! How does he stand at the altar with a straight face I wonder? Little surprise he opts to be filmed wearing secular clothing. Perhaps the clothing of the wolf would be more appropriate though given his place sowing seeds of doubt amongst the Christian fold!
Of course there is nothing new in this sort of bunkum which became popular with the infamous Sea of Faith movement sparked by Don Cupitt who came to believe that there was no God when serving as Anglican chaplain of Emmanuel College Cambridge in the 1960′s. One might actually argue that this sort of wooly theological position has become normative in the modern Church of England and that it is now much easier to progress through its ranks holding these views as opposed to proclaiming the Creed in full.
One might want to ask why any church would allow for this sort of nonsense to be possible though? I mean the vegetarian society would hardly elect the leader of the hunt as its local representative! But more important than questioning why is the need for us to see in this man further evidence of what I posted earlier. Namely that we have become luke warm in the West and have lost the zeal and passion and belief that made Pope Saint Clement an outstanding Christian witness. Pray today for those whose faith has grown cold or else who have no real knowledge of the living Lord Jesus.
I feel very, very sorry for non realists like David Patterson. They eek out a pathetic existence within a church they do not believe in and founded on the faith of a people they do not even begin to understand. Why on earth would anyone want to do that? Why didn’t he become a social worker instead. The pay would be much better.
The good news is that he could never have become a Catholic priest. Because whilst he is completely honest in stating that the Anglican church does not require a firm statement of belief before ordaining its members the Catholic church does. It demands that we hand write the Creed and solemnly promise that we not only believe it to be truth but to preach it. Amen to that!