It would seem that, despite rhetoric to the contrary, Britain’s most famous former colony has been ‘post-Christian’ for quite some time. In fact, given the nation’s history of un-Christ-like treatment of the hemisphere’s indigenous people and others, we’re not sure this was ever a Christian nation—except in name. And, you might do some research on the deist founding fathers ideas, particularly Jefferson. Still, the archbishop’s comments should be of interest to those who still consider this a “Christian” nation.
Britain is a ‘post-Christian’ country says former Archbishop
Lord Williams retired from being the leader of the Church of England in 2012
Britain is now a “post-Christian” country, former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has said.
Speaking to the Sunday Telegraph, Lord Williams said Britain was not a nation of believers and that the era of widespread worship was over.
It comes after Prime Minister David Cameron said people in Britain should be confident of its status as “a Christian country”.
Deputy PM Nick Clegg said the Church and state should be separated.
Writing in the Church Times, Mr Cameron said Christians made a difference to people’s lives and should be more evangelical about it.
This prompted a group of 50 public figures to write a letter insisting that the UK was “a non-religious” and “plural” society and that to claim otherwise fostered “alienation and division”.
Lord Williams, who retired from being the leader of the Church of England in 2012, said: “If I say that this is a post-Christian nation, that doesn’t mean necessarily non-Christian.
“It means the cultural memory is still quite strongly Christian.”
He added: “But [Britain is] post-Christian in the sense that habitual practice for most of the population is not taken for granted.
“A Christian nation can sound like a nation of committed believers and we are not that. Equally, we are not a nation of dedicated secularists.