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The unholy mess

The camp liturgical dance, which has led the Anglican church through a decade of conflict, scandal and humiliation, finally appears to be over. Andrew Brown gives two cheers for the arrival of George Carey's "Jesus plc"

By Andrew Brown   January 1996

When people no longer believe in God, this makes difficulties for the churches. But these are small compared to the difficulties which arise when no one believes in the church. Once upon a time there was no special need to believe in the Church of England, any more than it is necessary to believe in the English language: the Church of England was the natural and reasonable form of Christianity, just as English was the natural and reasonable language.

This cultural theory had a theological counterpart in the belief that the Church of England alone held to the uncorrupted doctrines…

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