The Church as Sub-Department
From a brief, 30-minute discussion between Tom Holland and Freddie Sayers. The entire video is here; further links below are time-stamped.
Speaking of the role of the church during these last nine months (in this case, the Church of England, but generally applicable to many churches), Holland offers:
I think the risk for the churches, and particularly the Church of England, because it’s the established church, is that with so many of its traditional responsibilities and roles taken over by various aspects of the state, the risk for the churches is that they come to seem like a kind of eccentric and not very important sub-department of the welfare state. And I agree, I think that the role played by archbishops and bishops in particular, the messages that they were giving, were basically public health messages.
Holland continues: if churches are to play a distinctive role, that’s inadequate. There are far more qualified people for this: doctors, epidemiologists, and the like. These church leaders should be talking about purpose, meaning; that there is something m
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