The marriage of church and state has lasted five centuries, but is it now time for a divorce?by Linda Woodhead , Lucy Winkett / March 24, 2016 / Leave a comment
Published in April 2016 issue of Prospect Magazine
Linda Woodhead is Professor of Sociology of Religion at Lancaster University
I never imagined I’d find myself arguing for the Church of England to be disestablished. I’m a committed member of the C of E and a champion of state churches. But I am also a realist: disestablishment has been happening for decades. It’s a process and in all essential respects the Church has already been disestablished. It’s time we woke up to the fact.