“I wish I could be anything other than offended by the modern Church of England. But, like modern politics, it has debased itself into the focus group. It is concerned with accommodating modern life rather than confronting its obvious evils. It is obsessed with marketing for customers rather than preaching principle. What used to attract me to the Church was its sense of comradeship and its historical continuity, the beauties of the Anglican tradition. But our trendy priests of today are engaged in destroying the traditions of language of the Church. They might as well abandon them openly.........and base their appeal on religious karaoke – scripture and emotion.”
I read this recently in a book by Sir John Nott “Mr Wonderful takes a Cruise”. John Nott was a Conservative MP for St. Ives, Cornwall which he represented for 17 years. He served as a Treasury Minister in the Heath Government and then as Trade Secretary and Defence Minister under Margaret Thatcher. The book, published in 2004 by Ebury Press, is very funny in parts and I found myself laughing out loud at some of his comments and anecdotes.
I was interested in his comments about the Church with which many of us could wholeheartedly agree.