Straight out of Yes Minister

People may recall a Yes Prime Minister Episode, The Bishop’s Gambit, where Jim Hacker has to appoint a new Bishop for the Church of England.

Hacker learns that a “modernist” in the Church is a code for non-believer, and that the Church is now more a social than religious organisation.

Back in NZ we see the truth of this with Bishop Richard Randerson declaring himself a agnostic who rejects the old testament and even pretty big parts of the new testament such as the virgin birth. Oh yes he also rejects the notion of a supreme being.

I find it ironic the church spends so much time debating whether to ordain gay priests, dividing themselves up on racial lines etc, yet they don’t even concern themselves with whether their Bishops should believe in God.

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