Saturday 22 June 2013

Church of England "almost to create a pagan church"

A news story in the The Telegraph, entitled "Church of England creating 'pagan church' to recruit members" says that the Church of England wants to attract people from pagan spiritual paths, such a druidry. To do this it is training ministers in what the newspaper calls "new forms of Anglicanism suitable for people of alternative beliefs".

Reverend Steve Hollinghurst, a researcher and adviser in new religious movements is quoted as telling the BBC: “I would be looking to formulate an exploration of the Christian faith that would be at home in their culture... almost to create a pagan church where Christianity was very much in the centre.”

Unitarian churches already manage to incorporate both Christian and pagan worship by having a non-dogmatic approach to religion. But, while I am happy to honour Christ as one of many aspects of the God, alongside such pagan deities as Herne and Lugh, I must admit I can't really see how a Christian pagan church with Christianity at the centre would work, as it seems a little contradictory. Nice to see Christian ministers trying to be more open towards paganism though.

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