March 23, 2009

HOW DO YOU FILL A GOD-SHAPED HOLE?:

Britain is 'uncomfortably haunted by memory of religion', says Archbishop of Canterbury (Daily Telegraph, 3/22/09)

[T]he Archbishop of Canterbury] dismissed ideas that Britain is "secular" or "religiously divided" were cliches and said: "I don't believe we are living in a secular society and I don't believe we are living in a deeply religiously divided society.

"I believe we are living in a country that is uncomfortably haunted by the memory of religion and doesn't quite know what to do with it and I believe we are living in a society which is religiously plural and confused and therefore not necessarily hostile."

He said church attendance may not be as high as it once was but although Britain may have become "secularised" it is not yet "secular."

"We are haunted, we need somewhere to put certain bits of our humanity and there's nowhere else except religious language and imagery," he said.

"The piles of flowers that you see on the site of road accidents are the most potent symbols of a society haunted by religion and not clear on what to do about it.

"The church is still a place where people have got the emotions that won't go anywhere else."

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 23, 2009 7:16 AM
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