Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Sad, but true
As an Anglican, and someone who thinks that Islam serves as a necessary but not sufficient condition for fanatical terrorism, these thoughts strike a chord with me:

Consider the Bishop of Lichfield, who at Evensong, on the night of the bombings, was at pains to assure his congregants: 'Just as the IRA has nothing to do with Christianity, so this kind of terror has nothing to do with any of the world faiths.' It's not so much the explicit fatuousness of the assertion so much as the broader message it conveys: we're the defeatist wimps; bomb us and we'll apologise to you. That's why in Britain the Anglican Church is in a death-spiral and Islam is the fastest-growing religion. There's no market for a faith that has no faith in itself. And as the Church goes so goes the state: why introduce identity cards for a nation with no identity?
The Anglican Church, more and more, is a faith with no faith in itself; modern liberalism, more and more, demands that you consider your own culpability before dealing with a problem.

In the faith of strength and certainty, how can those philosophies ever win?

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