David Cameron: “Britain is a Christian country”

David Cameron in his article in the Church Times http://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2014/17-april/comment/opinion/my-faith-in-the-church-of-england takes the same view that Natan Sharansky takes in ‘Defending Identity’: you will be more respected, even by those of a different faith, if you are firm and outspoken about your religious beliefs, rather than if you espouse a woolly and secular multi-culturalism. Understandably the great and good among the militant secularists bridled at this http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/letters/10777417/David-Cameron-fosters-division-by-calling-Britain-a-Christian-country.html
The militant secularists only tell half a story. What makes the West in general and Britain in particular a safe and pleasant environment for people of all faiths and none is not atheistic secularism, but the secularism ( or laicite) that evolved from Christianity during the Age of Reason and the Enlightenment. Our free and open society evolved from Christianity: it did not overthrow it.
The only point where I take issue with Cameron is his enthusiasm for ‘evangelism’. Evangelism is fine if it means winning back the disillusioned to the faith in which they were born: but if it becomes anything like the late and unlamented Christian Mission to the Jews of a century ago, it will find in me an implacable opponent.


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