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If we’re no longer a Christian country, what are we?

Our political roots are Christian but what is growing from them less so

By Elizabeth Oldfield  
Archbishop Justin Welby being sworn into the House of Lords in 2013. © PA

Archbishop Justin Welby being sworn into the House of Lords in 2013. © PA

Who cares if Britain isn’t a Christian country? Lots of people, evidently—or we wouldn’t keep having debates about it. The problem with these debates is that we are often talking at cross-purposes, using different definitions without our realising.

The constitutional component of the question—regarding bishops in the House of Lords, the monarch’s coronation and church schools—can be a distraction. Constitutionally speaking, we are a straightforwardly…

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